The World Water Forum
Delegates are gathering in Istanbul this week for the 5th World Water Forum (WWF). Meanwhile the Peoples Water Forum is holding solidarity events around the world to mark World Water Day.
The forum, held by the World Water Council, is intended as a space for governments and industry to exchange ideas about conservation and the development of water resources. Critics, including Friends of the Earth International, argue that members are more concerned about restricting access to water and pushing a privatisation agenda.
By way of protest the People's Water Forum is holding solidarity events around the world to mark World Water Day on March 22 by declaring water a human right and a central component of the global commons.