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Access to water, a "fundamental human right" according to the eurolatinamerica assembly

The 3rd EuroLatinAmerica Assembly (Assemblea EuroLatinoamericana) held in Madrid between 6th and 8th April has adopted a resolution on water issues within the framework of the relations between the European Union and Latin America and the Caribbean (EU-LAC), which considers access to water as a fundamental human right.

The proposal was passed during the third ordinary plenary session. The MEP Irena Belohorska and the Mexican Senator Jos Guadarrama Mrquez (CPM EU / Mxico) were the promoters behind this resolution.

Said resolution stresses that water must be of sufficient quality, and therefore urges the States to modernise their public water collection and supply services or to establish control systems when the management is performed by private companies.

Considering that water is a public asset which has to be guaranteed, the text emphasises the need to establish fair social and environmental prices.

The resolution also stresses that the technical modernization efforts of agriculture must be reinforced to achieve greater efficiency. It insists in the need to combat wastage for which it considers a reusable use.

The document asks Latin American and European countries to tackle the problem of river pollution and to adopt measures in order to avoid practices like tree felling, industry, mining or the extensive use of pesticides reducing water quality and purity.

Finally, the 25-section resolution encourages thought about the possible establishment of a bi-regional disaster prevention centre to provide alerts about possible emergencies.

According to the UNDPs 2006 Human Development Report, over a billion people in the world have no access to drinking water, 2.6 million lack access to basic sanitation systems and contaminated water is the second biggest cause of infant mortality in the world.

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