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Contradictions, obstacles, and opportunities for the implementation of the human right to water (in Portuguese and Spanish; with an Introduction in English).

Lookup NU author(s): Emeritus Professor Esteban CastroORCiD



This is an edited dossier with 5 working papers. This is the first Working Paper produced within the framework of the Thematic Area 3 (TA3), the Urban Water Cycle and Essential Public Services. TA3 brings together academics, students, professionals working in the public sector, practitioners from Non Governmental Organizations, activists and members of civil society groups, and representatives of communities and users of public services, among others. The remit of this TA is broad, as the name suggests, but it has a strong focus on the political ecology of urban water, with emphasis on the politics of essential water services. Key issues addressed within this framework have been the neoliberalization of water services, social struggles against privatization and mercantilization of these services, the politics of public policy and management in the sector, water inequality and injustice in urban areas, and the contradictions and conflicts surrounding the status of water and water services as a public good, as a common good, as a commodity, as a citizenhip right, and more recently, as a human right. This Working Paper focuses on several of these issues but places the emphasis of the contradictions, obstacles, and opportunities facing the implementation of the Human Right to Water in practice following the recognition of this right by the United Nations in 2010. The Working Paper features five articles, several of which were discussed in a workshop titled "Contradictions, obstacles, and opportunities for the implementation of the Human Right to Water in Latin America" during the V Annual Meeting of the network, that took place in Quito, Ecuador, on 14-17 October 2013.

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Author(s): Castro JE, Echaide J, March H, SaurĂ­ D, Quintslr S, Britto AL, Colmenares R, Piccini C, Aharonian A

Publication type: Working Paper

Publication status: Published

Journal: WATERLAT-GOBACIT Network Working Papers, Thematic Area Series, TA3 Urban Water Cycle and Essential Public Services

Year: 2014

Pages: 1-92

Publisher: WATERLAT-GOBACIT Network (