13/12/19Global Issues 

AquaFed publishes documents in response to the UN Special Rapporteur’s study on the impacts of private sector participation

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AquaFed publishes documents in response to the UN Special Rapporteur’s study on the impacts of private sector participation

13 December 2019

AquaFed has chosen to publish documents it has sent to the UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Right to Water and Sanitation for his study on privatisation - no other organisation has shown the same level of transparency so far.

 

Leo Heller, the UN Special Rapporteur, launched his study on the impacts of private sector participation, in September 2019. Mr Heller will not publish any responses to his initial consultation documents, or any summaries of his consultation meetings, until after he has finished receiving evidence at the end of January 2020.

 

However, AquaFed believes that an open debate, discussion and exchanges of information and data between all stakeholders would add huge value to this study.

 

Neil Dhot, Executive Director, AquaFed, said: “AquaFed believes in total transparency, particularly as this is a UN-level process, so we are happy to share what we have sent to Mr Heller so far. We hope other stakeholders will now also consider being open like we are.

 

“We do have concerns about the current thinking expressed in the study. The risks identified are not risks exclusively to the private sector and actually apply to States, public authorities, regulators and public operators.

 

“The study so far lacks any robust and credible evidence that each risk identified is exclusive to private sector participation.”

 

The documents AquaFed has published are:

 

For more information, contact:

Neil Dhot

neil.dhot@aquafed.org

00 44 7780 979499

 

About AquaFed

AquaFed is the international federation of private water operators. We bring together more than 300 water companies operating in more than 40 countries including European member states. Collectively our members serve around 100 million people in the EU. Over 1 billion people count on private operators to serve them on a daily basis. AquaFed and its members are strongly committed to provide continuously the best quality services to all its customers We are a UN accredited body and are in the EU transparency register.