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GATTS/ Water


March 2001,

For the right to life, for the respect of nature and the uses and traditions of our ancestors and our peoples, for all time, the following shall be declared as inviolable rights with regard to the uses of water given us by the earth:

  • Water belongs to the earth and all species and is sacred to life. Therefore, the world’s water must be conserved, reclaimed and protected for all future generations and its natural patterns respected.

  • Water is a fundamental human right and a public trust to be guarded by all levels of government. It should not be commodified, privatised or traded for commercial purposes. These rights must be enshrined at all levels of government. In particular, an international treaty must ensure these principles are protected.

  • Water is best protected by local communities and citizens who must be respected as equal partners with governments in the protection and regulation of water. People’s of the earth are the only vehicle to promote democracy and save water.

This declaration is based on The Cochabamba Declaration, Bolivia