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Turkey's waterways, water services for sale in sweeping privatization programme

World Water Forum to be held in Istanbul next year.

Water fountain in Turkeyby Olivier Hoedeman and Orsan Senalp, Polaris Institute

April 23, 2008 — In March 2009 the Turkish government will host the fifth World Water Forum against a backdrop of what is probably the most sweeping water privatisation programme in the world.

As well as privatizing water services, the government plans to sell off rivers and lakes. Turkish social movements, who hosted their own conference in Istanbul last month, suspect the Government is using the World Water Forum to push through this highly controversial agenda.

Previous sessions of the World Water Forum, held once every three years, have faced opposition from civil society groups who consider it an illegitimate, flawed platform for discussing solutions to the world's water problems. The Forum is controlled by the World Water Council, a private think-tank with close links to the World Bank and private water multinationals. . .

Polaris is designed to enable citizen movements to re-skill and re-tool themselves to fight for democratic social change in an age of corporate driven globalization.

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  Turkey's Government Plans Sweeping Water Privatisation in Run-up to World Water Forum in Istanbul, by Olivier Hoedeman and Orsan Senalp, Polaris Institute, April 23, 2008

Posted: May 29, 2008

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