“Governments are set to weaken pledges on boosting access to water and energy after a new draft negotiating text was issued at the Rio+20 meeting.
“Many campaign groups have been urging that this summit should at the least acknowledge everyone’s basic right to food and water.
The right to food – to which the US has objected during talks – is enshrined in the draft text, but the language on water is vaguer.
‘The right to water and sanitation is essential to the full enjoyment of life and other human rights,’ said Farooq Ullah, executive director-designate of Stakeholder Forum, a group working to involve all stakeholders in UN sustainable development processes.
‘Previous UN resolutions have had hold-outs; and one of the successes of Rio+20 has been that Canada and the UK have for the first time recognised the universal right to water and sanitation respectively – so where the Brazilians have lost this agreement is a mystery.’ ”
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