Monday, March 15, 2010

Celebrate World Water Day with Headwater!


Celebrate World Water Day with Headwater!

Celebrate World Water Day with Headwater!

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Date:
Sunday, March 21, 2010
Time:
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Location:
Grandview Park, Commercial Drive and Charles Street, East Vancouver

Spring is upon us; the cherry blossoms are out! Time to celebrate World Water Day!

Featuring local folk/roots favourites Headwater and the first annual Tappie Awards!

FREE!

Join the Council of Canadians and CUPE as we mark World Water Day and celebrate the efforts of British Columbians to protect and promote our public water systems.

Tell your friends and family. Hope to see you there - we'll be dancing in the rain or shine!

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Article 31:

Everyone has the right to clean and accessible water, adequate for the health and well-being of the individual and family, and no one shall be deprived of such access or quality of water due to individual economic circumstance.

Now, sixty years later, recognizing that over a billion people across the planet lack access to clean and potable water and that millions die each year as a result, it is imperative to add one more article to this historic declaration, the Right to Water.

We, the undersigned, respectfully call upon the United Nations to add a 31st article to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, establishing access to clean and potable water as a fundamental human right.

Sign the petition to adopt Article 31

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22 March 2010 Clean Water for a Healthy World

World Water Day

The international observance of World Water Day is an initiative that grew out of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro.

WWD 2010: Clean Water for a Healthy World

UN-Water has chosen ''Clean Water for a Healthy World" as theme for World Water Day 2010. The overall goal of the World Water Day on 22 March 2010 campaign is to raise the profile of water quality at the political level so that water quality considerations are made alongside those of water quantity.

Read more

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Women and Water in Canada: The Significance of Privatization and Commercialization Trends for Women’s Health

Submission to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights for the Independent Expert on the issue of human rights obligations related to access to safe drinking water and sanitation. Read the report here »

Prepared for the National Network on Environments and Women’s Health with the involvement of: The Council of Canadians, Women and Health Care Reform, Prairie Women’s Health Centre of Excellence, March 2010

AUDIO: Women and Water in Canada
CBC Radio's The Current notes, "There was a report released on International Women's Day looking at an issue touching on the quality of life for women, particularly poor women. It's called Women & Water in Canada: The Significance of Privatization and Commercialization Trends for Women's Health and it was submitted to the United Nations' Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. One of the groups involved with the report was the Council of Canadians, and Meera Karunananthan is the water campaigner for the Council. We reached her at her office in Ottawa."

Listen to the interview here.

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March 22 was first deemed World Water Day in 1993 by the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) as an international day of observance and action to draw attention to the role that freshwater plays in our world and lives. Today’s reality is that one in eight people in the world don’t have access to safe water, millions of women and children must still spend several hours a day collecting water from distant, often polluted sources, and 2.5 billion people live without a toilet.

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