The following declaration was written by Korean and global water justice groups gathered at the Daegu Alternative Water Forum.
From April 12-14, Korean civil society organizations hosted an Alternative Water Forum in Daegu in opposition to the corporate-led World Water Forum 7 being held in the same city. One of the key concerns for the Korean Government Employees Union – the main organizers of the event — was the involvement of French multinational water corporation, Veolia. KGEU argues that Veolia used the corporate World Water Forum to cement its interests in the region (read more). The KGEU is fighting to keep water public in Korea and represents 140,000 public sector employees but has been refused legal status by the Korean government.
2015 Daegu Gyoungbuk declaration on the Human right to water
Water is life and a human right.
We declare our commitment to strong public water services for all!