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NEWS: Nestlé chairman promotes ‘global public-private’ policy body at the World Water Forum

NEWS: Nestlé chairman promotes ‘global public-private’ policy body at the World Water Forum
{Nestle is a new sponsor of the Girl Scouts, I think... Remember Urinetown? "all hail Malthus?"}

Nestlé Chairman Peter Brabeck-Letmathe - who has stated that the idea of water as a basic human right is “extreme” - is attending the corporate World Water Forum in Marseille, France. He made comments there yesterday as his corporation launched their report ‘Creating Shared Value Report 2011, which outlines their take on the need for “pragmatic, efficient and cost effective action” to address global water scarcity.
In a Nestlé media release, Brabeck-Letmathe stated that a “global public-private initiative” that he chairs, known as the 2030 Water Resources Group, could be helpful in “providing tools and information on best practice” as well as “guidance and new policy ideas on water resource scarcity.”

It appears that Brabeck-Letmathe is also headed for another water policy advisory group - this time in Canada.
As recently highlighted by our Edmonton-based organizer Scott Harris, “The Council of Canadians and organizations around the world will continue to monitor the establishment by the University of Alberta of a new Water Initiative, which the Council of Canadians revealed may include Brabeck-Letmathe and a who’s who of corporate heads and pro-water privatization advocates. The formation of the initiative comes at a critical time for water policy in Alberta, with the provincial government promising long-delayed public consultations in 2012 on plans to expand to the entire province an allocation system based on a water market, which Brabeck-Letmathe has boasted about meeting with the Alberta government to promote.”

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