February 11, 2013 - ALL AFRICA
The CEO Water Mandate, a public-private sector initiative launched by the United Nations in July 2007 and designed to assist companies in the development, implementation and disclosure of water sustainability policies and practices, puts corporations such as Nestle, Coca Cola, Suez and Veolia directly into a position of influence over global water policy and presents a clear conflict of interest, she said.
"For-profit private companies cannot uphold the public interest if it conflicts with their bottom line," said Barlow, who is also founder of the Blue Planet Project.
"We don't need the United Nations to promote private sector participation under the guise of greater 'cooperation' when these same companies force their way into communities and make huge profits from the basic right to water and sanitation," Barlow told IPS.
At this time of scarcity and financial crisis, she said, "We need the United Nations to ensure that governments are fulfilling their obligations to provide basic services rather than relinquishing to transnational corporations."... http://allafrica.com/stories/201302130847.html
January 22, 2013 The Cultureist
HOW WATER MINING IS DROWNING SOLUTIONS TO A GLOBAL WATER CRISIS http://www.thecultureist.com/2013/01/22/water-mining-india-global-water-crisis/
February 13, 2013 Bloomberg
DESALINATION SEEN BOOMING AT 15% A YEAR AS WORLD WATER DRIES UP Bloomberg http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-02-14/desalination-seen-booming-at-15-a-year-as-world-water-dries-up.html
NASA SATELLITE SHOW MIDDLE EAST LOSING CRITICAL WATER RESERVES - Science News - redOrbit http://www.redorbit.com/news/science/1112782843/middle-east-drought-nasa-grace-water-loss-021213/
THE HIDDEN GLOBAL TRADE IN WATER - Yale Global - February 13, 2013 http://yaleglobal.yale.edu/content/hidden-global-trade-water?utm_source=YaleGlobal+Newsletter&utm_campaign=4d28130cea-Newsletter9_14_2010&utm_medium=email