Inequality, injustice and defencelessness in Latin America and the Caribbean: on the need to develop alternatives in the face of a return of extreme authoritarianism in Brazil and the region
10 October 2018
Since its origins, our International Network has a strong commitment with research, teaching and interventions related to those social processes that, broadly speaking, produce and reproduce inequalities, injustices, and defencelessness in human societies…
Alternative World Water Forum (FAMA): “Water is a right, not a commodity”
Brasilia, 17-22 March 2018
After the organization of 8 World Water Forums, including the 2018 edition that takes place in Brasilia on 18-23 March, and with hindsight looking back at the time elapsed since the first WWF held in Marrakesh in 1997, it is possible to have some clarity about some significant themes. The first edition of the WWF took place at the time of maximum global expansion of the neoliberal reforms characterized by de- and re-regulation, liberalization and privatization of essential public services.
Declaration of the VIII International Meeting
“Water, power and impunity: social resistances and emerging alternatives in the construction of egalitarian and inclusionary water politics”
San Jose, Costa Rica, 3-7 April 2017
The relationship between structural social inequalities, water control, and the accumulation of social power in its diverse manifestations, cultural, economic, epistemic, political power, etc., is a fact that has been firmly established by a long-standing tradition in the social sciences dating back at least to the XVIII Century. Regrettably, our vast knowledge of this topic, and particularly of the concrete mechanisms that account for the processes of reproduction of inequality and injustice in relation to the access to and the control of water in their various aspects has not been translated in a greater capacity of human societies to reverse these processes and replace them by more egalitarian, rational and democratic social forms of relating to water and, through water, with the other species and the rest of nature.
The plenary also produced:
- Declaration about the Situation of Water in Costa Rica
- On the Colombian Peace Process
- Manifest for the Human Right to Water in Brazil
- Declaration on the Mexican Situation
A Reflection on World Water Day 2017
On World Water Day 2017, we take advantage of the lessons that keep arriving from the Global North so we can avoid making the same mistakes in water politics and management worldwide. Today, the British newspaper The Guardian published a report about London’s private water company given a record fine for failing to comply with environmental standards. It related to “huge leaks of untreated sewage [emptied] into the Thames and its tributaries and on to land [… that] led to serious impacts on residents, farmers, and wildlife, killing birds and fish”.
Public Statement of the VI International Meeting of the WATERLAT-GOBACIT Network
“Water, violence and utopias in Latin America and the Caribbean. What are the priorities for egalitarian water politics?”
Manizales, Colombia, 27-31 October 2014
The plenary of the meeting produced a Public Statement responding the central question of the event: What are the priorities for egalitarian water politics? The Statement includes:
- Public Statement
- List of main priorities identified in the VI International Meeting for the development of egalitarian water politics
- Declaration in support of the defence of water as a common good, a public good, and a human right in Colombia.
- Declaration of solidarity with the Mexican people for the death and disappearance of students in Iguala Municipality, Guerrero.
- Statement on the water problems affecting Jalisco, Mexico: El Zapotillo. Impact on water cycles and violation of human rights. This statement was also published in the Mexican newspaper Milenio on 12 November 2014, with the support of a range of Mexican organizations.
- Statement about the water crisis affecting the Sao Paulo Metropolitan Region, other cities served by the Sao Paulo Basic Sanitation Company (SABESP), and other areas supplied from the same water sources, in Brazil.Read more
Public Statement of the V International Meeting of the WATERLAT-GOBACIT Network
“Is Latin America moving towards a “post-neoliberal” water politics?”
Quito, 14-18 October 2013
The question that provided the central theme for the Fifth Meeting of the WATERLAT Network was an attempt to focus the meeting on a debate about the continuities and ruptures experienced by Latin America in relation to the period generally termed “neoliberal”, especially since the 1990s. Broadly speaking, we understand “neoliberalism” as the re-implantation by different means (democratic, authoritarian, dictatorial, etc.) of free market principles as the privileged mechanism for social re-ordering. In particular, we refer to the process of radical change in the role of the State through the policies of de- and re-regulation, commodification, and privatization of goods and services, the dismantling of the systems of social security and state protection, and the limitation or even cancellation of citizenship rights.
The plenary also produced two short statements of support:
- Declaration of solidarity in favour of the 5th March organised by organized by Uruguay’s Permanent National Assembly for the Defence of Earth, Water and Natural Goods.
- Declaration of solidarity with the march organised by Ecuadorian social and indigenous organizations in defence of their rights and against the impacts of extractivism.
Public Statement of the I International Meeting of the WATERLAT-GOBACIT Network
“The Political Ecology of Water in Latin America: defining a research strategy”
Barcelona, 14-16 October 2009
The plenary of the I International Meeting approved the strategic Objectives and Research Priorities of the Network.