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Week of September 26, 2005
Development and Peace applauds water resolution
By Canadian Catholic News
WCR Staff Writer
The Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (CCODP) is seeing signs that its three-year campaign to ensure access to clean affordable water to the world's poor is gaining traction.
On Sept. 11 in Charlottetown, the board of directors of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities passed a resolution calling on Ottawa "to urge the World Bank to ensure access to clean, affordable water for the world's poor, and strengthen the role of the public sector and individual communities in setting water policies and delivering and regulating water services."
"Current World Bank loans for water services in developing countries frequently require the privatization of those services or an increase in water prices, thereby jeopardizing citizens' access to safe drinking water," said the resolution, submitted by the City of Sudbury.
"Our water campaign has struck a chord with Canadians," said CCODP Executive Director Michael Casey in a Sept. 14 news release. "It is gratifying to see the Federation of Canadian Municipalities board of directors pass this resolution. People involved in local and regional politics know keeping water a common good is essential to our well-being."
"They want to see people in the global South, many of whom belong to communities that would suffer from unjust water prices, have the same access and right to water as Canadians," Casey said.
Even though the UN has recognized the right to access to safe drinking water, CCODP reports that one in six people do not have it.
In August, a CCODP delegation delivered more than 227,000 postcards signed by individual Canadians urging Ottawa to pressure the World Bank to insure poor countries aren't forced to privatize water supplies.