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Movements in defense of water

Movements in defense of water

Joint declaration of movements in defense of water.

From March 14 to 19, we, human beings with an integral vision of life, activists of social movements, non-governmental organizations, networks that fight around the world for the defense of water and territory and common goods, have shared ideas, struggles, concerns and proposals. We are no longer on the defensive, we are capable of promoting concrete proposals that are already walking in the life of every corner of the planet.


Based on the spirit of Caracas that brought together many organizations in the world around the defense of water, we now have in our history and hearts the struggles of La Parota, La Laguna, Xoxocotla, Acuitlapilco and many others in Mexico and the world. Humanity and the commitment of those who organized this Forum is a success in building our movement.

For all this, in continuity with the meetings of previous years during the World Social Forums, the social movements that all over the planet fight for the right to water in an ecosystem and integral vision and against its commercialization within all areas (domestic, agricultural and industrial) we come together in a platform for common action on the problems of each place based on a global strategy.

Considering that:

1. Water in all its forms is a common good and access to it is a fundamental and inalienable human right. Water is a heritage of communities, peoples and humanity, a constitutive principle of life on our planet. Water is not a commodity. That is why we reject all forms of privatization, including the public-private partnership that has shown its total failure all over the planet.

2. Management and control must remain in the public, social, community, participatory, equitable and non-profit areas. It is the obligation of all local, national and international public institutions to guarantee these conditions from planning to final control of the process.

3. Solidarity between present and future generations must be guaranteed, that is why we reject this developmental, neoliberal and consumerist model that promotes the over-exploitation of Mother Nature.

4. It is necessary a sustainable management of ecosystems and the preservation of the water cycle through land use planning and the conservation of natural environments. The hydrographic basins are integral basic units of public management, a factor of identity and community union, where citizen and peoples' participation is effective. The defense of water implies restoring the health of ecosystems from the catchment sources to the treatment of wastewater.

5. Based on the aforementioned, we establish our firm opposition to all the World Water Forums, areas of large transnational companies, international financial institutions (World Bank, IDB, EIB, etc.) and the governmental powers of the world , because they are exclusive and undemocratic. That is why we do not legitimize these organizations that ignore the real demands and demands of the people and that, on the contrary, continue to seek new forms of commodification of water, disdaining the very high human, social and environmental costs of this neoliberal model.

We call

For organizations, social movements, governments and parliaments to include these principles in legal, local, national and international frameworks.

To all the citizens of the planet to develop joint actions to unite, organize and concretize our proposals for change by articulating a global water movement.

We demand

The exclusion of the WTO and other international free trade and investment agreements, both bilateral and multilateral, on water.

The abolition of the International Center on Investment Disputes (ICSID) considering the experiences of Cochabamba and other peoples that want to regain the sovereignty of their common goods in public hands.

Recover and promote public, social, community, participatory and comprehensive water management.

We demand that any human being have access and the right to water of good quality and in sufficient quantity for hygiene and food and that, in places where there is a drinking water supply service, a necessary quantity be provided free of charge regardless of its status. cultural, religious, social, geographical, economic and gender situation. That is why we reject any kind of double standard. No company, government and international institution can interrupt the service due to non-payment for domestic consumption.

The industries and corporations responsible for polluting actions repair the environmental, human and economic damages they have caused.

We reject.

For illegitimate all claims for profits and compensation from corporations and transnationals.

Any financing conditional on the liberalization and privatization of water services, by the International Financial Institutions (IFIS).

The national and regional laws that open the doors to the process of privatization and commercialization of water.

The predatory and unsustainable model of water through mega-projects, dams, construction of ports, mining exploitation and its bottling.

We propose


Promote the articulation of quality public management organizations that function on a democratic basis through the exchange of experiences, also sharing technical knowledge, training, schemes and financing proposals for the consolidation of a public, social, community and participatory model.

Promote education and community organization on responsible and sustainable use and consumption of water.

Disseminate experiences of constitution of solidarity funds to finance models of public, participatory, community and social water management.

The creation of both international and regional observatories that are a meeting point for social organizations, movements and international cooperation networks to exercise social control of the activities of transnational corporations and IFIS that also involve parliaments, local governments and institutions. democratic.

Advance in demanding that governments and companies repair the damage they have caused to populations due to pollution and lack of access to water.

Strengthen existing international tribunals and promote their formation in the various regions of the world.

We commit

To promote a global action plan that continues this process of network construction and mobilization around water.

To promote, from local struggles, a worldwide platform that, based on solidarity, unites and strengthens us.

To value the contribution of women, indigenous peoples, indigenous peoples, young people and of all people, incorporating the defense of their rights in the construction of models that show that another form of water management is possible.

To continue this process, enriching it with all possible contributions in the next meetings that our movements will have in the world, from the Meeting Connecting Alternatives European Union - Latin America in May in Vienna, the Meeting of the South American Community of Nations in Bolivia in September and the Citizens' Assembly for Water in Brussels in December.

In this framework, the world water movement is committed to carrying out three joint actions:

1.- A global, common and simultaneous activity between September and October 2006.
2.- Take as a common motto in all activities: The right to water is possible: participatory public management.
3.- This statement will be released at a press conference in each locality upon return to their territories as a slogan of the world water movement.

We signed it, on March 19, 2006 in Mexico Tenochtitlan.

Signatory organizations

Mexico City, March 19, 2006.


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