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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

Revolution of the Thirsty

07 January 2014
Rooftop sorting of garbage and recyclable materials in Manshiyet Nasir, Cairo. [Photo by Joseph Hill]

Egypt and the Privatization of Water

Video: Defending public water in Greece

21 December 2013

Public workers who deliver water services in Athens and Thessaloniki are working with community allies, including “Save Greek Water,” and EPSU - the European arm of Public Services International, to keep public water systems in public hands. The government is trying to privatise and sell off these vital services under austerity measures.

Organisations denounce Nestlé’s new human rights impact assessment

20 December 2013

Nestlé’s new human rights assessment, launched at the UN Forum on Business and Human Rights last week, is full of holes say labour and civil society organizations, including the Blue Planet Project, FIVAS, Food & Water Watch, and Public Services International.

Guyana: Inadequate funding and poor management affect quality of service

19 December 2013

Staff at the Mayor & City Council in Georgetown, Guyana are committed to providing quality services to the people who live in the city. But inadequate funding to the Ministry of the Local Government and the City Council, as well as poor management make this a difficult task.

Water justice movement meets in Barcelona

18 December 2013
group photo

PSI General Secretary Rosa Pavanelli and Deputy David Boys were in Barcelona at the beginning of December, for a meeting with water justice activists, trade unionists, researchers and water operators from 29 countries who had gathered to share analysis and strategies aimed at promoting democratic public water and sanitation services. The participants were linked through the Reclaiming Public Water Network, which met previously in 2011.

Water is a human right!

10 December 2013
water is a human right

10 December is human rights day. We celebrate and remember the struggle of many for human rights and dignity.  The European Citizens’ Initiative “Water is a human right!” is proud to be part of that struggle that unites many on our planet. It has engaged hundred thousands in Europe to demand that the European Commission takes steps to implement the right to water as adopted by the UN in 2010.

Innovative non-profit water partnerships in ACP countries

02 December 2013

PSI is calling upon affiliates to sign on to letter sent to the EU Commissioner for Development expressing concern about the future of EU support for innovative non-profit partnerships in the Water sector in Africa, Caribbean and Pacific Countries (ACP).