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Jan 21 2005
Supplied or written by Olivier Hoedeman
Invitation to WSF seminar Reclaiming Public Water

Friday January 28th, morning session, WSF venue E203, Porto Alegre

Translation: English, Spanish and French

Attractive and viable alternatives exist both to water privatisation
and to failing, bureaucratised state-run water utilities. During this
seminar, activists and water utility operators will present examples
of how public water delivery can be improved through diverse forms of
democratic utility reform. This will be followed by debate about what
needs to happen on the local, national and international level to
create optimal circumstances for public water to succeed and what the
international water justice movement can do to achieve this.

The seminar will also be the launch event for the book "Reclaiming
Public Water - Achievements, Struggles and Visions from Around the
World", written by public utility managers, trade unionists and civil
society activists from more than twenty countries. See also:
http://www.waterjustice.org/article.php?subSectionID=2&articleID=97

Speakers include:
- Alberto Munoz, National Roundtable of the Users and Consumers
Union, Argentina
- Santiago Arconada, Hidroven, the national agency for drinking water
and sanitation in Venezuela
- Nila Ardhianie, Indonesian Forum on Globalisation
- Cam Duncan, Public Services International
- Julian Perez, Federation of Neighbourhood Committees (FEJUVE), El
Alto, Bolivia
- Carlos Todeschini, the former director of DMAE, Porto Alegre's
water utility
- Silvano Costa, president of ASSEMAE, the progressive federation of
public water utilities in Brazil

After the seminar, a workshop on follow-up activities will take place
in the same room (E203). This workshop will focus on the needs and
priorities for joint action identified during the morning seminar.

For more information, contact Satoko Kishimoto: satoko@tni.org

The seminar is co-organised by:
The Anti-Privatization Forum (South Africa), Blue Planet Project,
Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO), the Council of Canadians, Public
Services International (PSI), Friends of the Earth France, Friends of
the Earth International, REDES (Friends of the Earth Uruguay),
Transnational Institute (TNI), War on Want (United Kingdom).


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