In a speech delievered by his senior advisor on water Maude Barlow, president of UN General Assembly, Miguel d'Escoto Brockmann (picture), said: Those who are committed to the privatisation of water, making it a commodity like oil, are denying people a human right as basic as the air we breathe.
The UN president also questioned the legitimacy of the forum itself. His speech stated: The forum's orientation is profoundly influenced by private water companies. This is evident by the fact that both the president of the World Water Council and the alternate president are deeply involved with provison of privat, for-profit, wate services.
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He added that future forums should, conduct their deliberations under the auspices of the United Nations. D'Escoto Brockmann also criticised the World Water Forum's draft Ministerial Declaration, which sees water as a human need rather than a human right. He said, as it stands, this important statement undermines the efforts of those who ar struggling for access to clean water and sanitation.
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