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Water and sanitation

Clean water and sanitation – recently recognised by the United Nations as basic human rights – are critical to good health. They help prevent disease. Yet billions of people have no ready access to safe water. It is an essential service that governments must provide to protect their citizens and serve their common good. Read more here

After Yolanda: Government employees are also human beings

11 March 2014

Four months after Typhoon Haiyan, or Yolanda as it's known in the Phlippines, PSI affiliate in the Philippines, PSLINK, has put together a photo report of the effects Yolanda has had on the population and more specifically on the lives of public sector workers.

New campaign to save Greek water from privatization

04 March 2014
Save Greek Water

New TV and radio campaign follows presentation of first European Citizens' Initiative that obliges the European Commission to consider a pan-EU campaign calling on EU legislation to recognise water as a public good, not a commodity.

Climate change could lead to global conflict

04 March 2014
Flooding and people in boats

In a recent article in UK daily The Guardian, climate expert Nicholas Stern says that the record rainfall and storm surges that have brought flooding across the UK are a clear sign that we are already experiencing the impacts of climate change.

First European Citizens’ Initiative gets EU hearing: Water is a human right!

19 February 2014

On 17 February, the results of European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) “Water is a human right!” formed the subject of a public hearing in the European Parliament, and included a meeting with the the European Commission.

Assessing the performance of New York’s electricity utility Consolidated Edison after Hurricane Sandy

10 February 2014

The Utility Workers Union of America (UWUA) assessed the performance of New York’s electricity utility Consolidated Edison after Hurricane Sandy. The findings are very disturbing. In part because of these efforts, New York State Public Service Commission recently launched an operations audit of staffing levels of major energy utilities.

Pinocchio award presented to Veolia in Nagpur

04 February 2014
Pinocchio award

As a corollary to the main award ceremony held in Paris, five organizations, including PSI, organized an award presentation ceremony in Nagpur on 25 January 2014.
Every year, three French international associations give the Pinocchio award to multinational companies violating social and environmental rights. Veolia Water was selected for 2013's award for encouraging abuse and profits rather than the right to water in India especially in Nagpur.

Privatisation provides no dividends for the poor

16 January 2014

Privatisation has become the final resort of governments that need funds but are afraid to tax the wealthy and prevent tax evasion by big businesses. This article by Professor Sharon Beder was published in the Brisbane Times on 10 January 2014.