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People Planet and Water. Let’s change the paradigm for water!

Since their launch in March 2012, the People, Planet and Water meetings have been attended by dozens of civil society organisations from around the world, who have come together to share their experiences and their vision for the essential resource that is water. We are united by a common belief: that water is a universal common good and life-sustaining resource that needs to be protected.

At the second People, Planet and Water meeting held in March 2015 at the World Social Forum in Tunis, we were proud to present our proposals for a new paradigm for water, particularly on issues relating to the human right to water and sanitation, the climate, agriculture and energy.

As part of negotiations on the Sustainable Development Goals and climate change agreements, we call on the international community and governments to take all steps necessary to implement the human right to water and sanitation, promote sustainable energy solutions that respect the water resource, focus on family farming and agro-ecological practices and restore the water cycle to tackle climate change. And this with an essential cross-cutting requirement: that of involving the public in all aspects of water-related decision-making.