29 Jul 2010

And now what?

(via RB) UN declares access to clean water a human right
The non-binding text "declares the right to safe and clean drinking water and sanitation as a human right that is essential for the full enjoyment of the right to life."

It expresses deep concern that 884 million people lack access to safe drinking water and that more 2.6 billion do not have access to basic sanitation.
A non-binding deep concern is NOT going to improve people's water supply. It's a fine waste of words by pampered bureaucrats who work for the governments that NOW fail to provide water to their people. (The resolution was sponsored by Bolivia.) Will more money -- motivated by enhanced human right guilt -- deliver the water? No. Competent water companies -- private or public -- will.

Bottom Line: Cheap talk doesn't deliver water. Incentives do. Make water profitable, and the poor will not thirst.


  1. Like almost everything else the UN does, their bureaucrats just want more of our tax money to increase the bureaucrats' lavish lifestyle.

  2. As with any laudable effort to bolster the lagging quality of human existence from the base of poverty there will inevitably be detractors. No benefit can come from paying attention to such people. However, I firmly believe that the core goal of the United Nations of bringing clean water and sanitation to the world's dispossessed can be adequately achieved when thoughtful people bind together in a concerted campaign to accomplish what some consider foolish.

  3. @Max_hydr0 -- nice thoughts, but I am more interested in DELIVERING water to poor people. Thoughtful people need to direct their concerted campaigns at the root problems of water supply -- lack of an incentive (political/economic) to serve the poor.


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