And she’s invented a new human right:
On 28 July, for the first time ever, the general assembly of the United Nations will hold a historic summit on the human right to water. It will consider and debate a resolution supporting the right to "safe and clean drinking water and sanitation" that was presented on 17 June by Pablo Solon, the Bolivian ambassador to the UN, and co-sponsored by 23 other countries. The desired outcome of the day is consensus on recognising the human right to water.Oh, FFS!
When the 1948 universal declaration on human rights was written, no one could foresee a day when water would be a contested area.I suspect no-one would have foreseen a lot of the things that now get classed as ‘human rights’. If they had, they might well have thrown up their hands in disgust and called the whole thing off…
But in 2010, it is not an exaggeration to say that the lack of access to clean water is one of the greatest human rights violation in the world.Actually, sweetie, yes, it IS an exaggeration to say that.
Particularly since, as it currently hasn’t been accepted as such, it isn’t a human right. Yet…
The fact that water is not now recognized as a human right has allowed decision-making over water policy to shift from the UN and governments to institutions such as the World Bank, the World Water Council and the World Trade Organisation, which favour market solutions.Oh, noes! Market solutions!
Support for the human right to water has been steadily growing in recent years but several wealthy countries – notably the UK, US, Canada and Australia – have emerged as negative forces, finding excuses not to support the resolution in its current form.Of course they are ‘finding excuses’. It couldn’t possibly be that they have reached a different conclusion to you, can it, sweetie? That’s unpossible!
The new Conservative government of David Cameron is already on record that it will oppose this resolution unless it is amended to remove sanitation and only refer to "access" to clean water, not the human right to water itself.Now, I wonder why they removed the ‘sanitation’ reference..?