Bolivian president reiterates call to end water privatisation

Evo Morales Ayama

Water is a public good and cannot be sold for a profit according to Bolivian President Evo Morales Ayama.

Speaking at a UN meeting marking the first anniversary of water and sanitation as a human right, he said that Bolivia considers water a public commodity.

The Bolivian President made his first call for a UN declaration to block water privatisation in February, at the 2011 World Social Forum in Senegal.

Mr. Morales says water should be protected because it is a human right.

"Water is life. Water is humanity. So, how can it be part of a private business? How can it be used to make money? And in some countries it is even a luxury. Or it is being wasted, where as there are others do not have water and because they do not have to abandon their communities. And some of them have to lost their lives because of a lack of water. These differences are unacceptable."

In 2009, Evo Morales was named "World Hero of Mother Earth" by the UN.

He also helped to make April 22nd the International Mother Earth Day.

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