South American Convention on Water

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We are writing to ask you to urgently support the following statement on the right to water, in advance of the Second Summit of Heads of States of the Community of South American Nations, taking place in Cochabamba, Bolivia, Dec. 8-9, 2006.

The sign-on statement and list of signatories will be distributed to all 12 heads of state by our friends in Bolivia.

It is our intention to also take out a full page advertisement in the Cochabamba newspaper to highlight our collective efforts - included at the bottom will be the names and countries of all signatories. Please ensure your organization is represented in this effort by responding promptly. The deadline for sign-on is Dec.7th

If you want to be part of this exciting initiative please respond quickly to Roberto Cruz at rcruz @magma.ca - please include the name of your organisation and your country, this will be used in the ad to show the international solidarity and strength of our movement.

Statement:

We, the undersigned organizations, endorse the efforts to establish water as a human right, outlined in the proposal from President Eva Morales to the head of states and people of South America, dated October 2, 2006

This proposal calls for a:

South American convention for human rights and access for all living beings to water. As a region privileged with 27% of fresh water supplies in the world, we need to discuss and approve a South American Convention on Water that guarantees access to this vital resource to all living beings. We need to preserve water, in its different uses, from processes of privatizations and the market logic that are imposed in trade agreements. I am convinced that this South American treaty on Water would be a decisive step towards a Global Convention on Water.

Our organizations endorse this position and insist governments work with social movements to ensure democratic participation in reaching these ends. We renew our call for an international water convention which guarantees people’s right to water, protects our environment, prevents interference and abuses by corporations, trade agreements and international financial institutions, and supports governments to meet this responsibility.

We affirm that water belongs to the earth and all species for all time, It is an inalienable human right and a public trust to be protected and nurtured by all peoples, communities and nations.

Finally, we proclaim that the management and protection of the world’s water resources must absolutely be based on the principles of justice, solidarity, reciprocity, equity, diversity, and sustainability, because water is a fundamental right for humans and all living things.


Signed;

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