World Water Day sees human right to water threatened by crisis responses (March 2013)

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Fri, Mar 22, 2013

By Aldo Caliari

World Water Day, on March 22, is an occasion to celebrate the gift of life this natural resource represents to nature and human kind. It is also a pertinent occasion for a reflection on crisis response measures that are threatening to condemn more and more human beings to losing their access to such resource.

A frequent feature of financial crisis response measures – and even in countries that are not facing a financial crisis – has been the adoption of so-called “austerity” programs to recover fiscal health. An article appeared in shows how enjoyment of the human right to water and sanitation can be placed at risk by these programs.