As the 7th World Water Forum kicks off in Daegu, South Korea, civil society organizations and international allies have gathered in the city for an Alternative Forum-Water for All in Korea on April 13-14.
The French multinational water giant,Veolia Environnement is seeking to grow its business in the country through a potential contract in Daegu. Focus on the Global South has put together a primer- Veolia in Asia-Pacific: five reasons why you should challenge Veolia.
Statement from Focus on the Global South, International Rivers, Mekong Watch, CEE Bankwatch Network, NGO Forum on ADB and Both ENDS
Amsterdam/Bangkok/Manila/Prague/Tokyo - Non-governmental organizations are calling on the World Bank, Asian Development Bank (ADB) and European Investment Bank (EIB) to publicly acknowledge the millions of dollars of failed investment in their flagship project, Nam Theun 2. This 1070 MW dam has failed to bring intended development benefits, and instead has unleashed a range of negative impacts on the affected populations in central Laos.
While it is true that CARP/ER has loopholes that have been creating problems for the law’s implementation and allowed landowners to escape its provisions, the social justice program has also paved the way for reversing the impoverished plight and powerlessness of farmers and their communities. Though stories of farmer-beneficiaries still await successful endings, those that have been given entitlements to the lands they have long worked on have gotten a new lease on life and a better future to look forward to.
As we commemorate the World Water Day on March 22, Focus on the Global South and its allies just released a statement today:
We commemorate World Water Day 2015 by celebrating the struggles and victories of the global water justice movements. These achievements are a testament to the strength of our ties of solidarity and the resolve of communities to protect watersheds and maintain control over water services.
16th February 2015
Office of the Permanent Secretary, Prime Minister Office
Government House, 1 Pissanulok Road
Dusit, Bangkok 10300, Thailand
Subject: Murder of Mr. Chai Bunthonglek in Klong Sai Pattana, Suranthhani Province, Thailand
His Excellency General Prayuth Cha-o-cha, Prime Minister of Thailand