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Posted Sun Mar 22 2009: from Agence France-Presse:
UPDATE: World Forum On Water Ends With Pledge
ISTANBUL (AFP)--A seven-day focus on the world's water crunch wound up here Sunday with a pledge by more than 100 countries to strive to provide clean water and proper sanitation for billions in need and shore up defenses against drought and flood. Ministers and delegation chiefs endorsed the declaration, coinciding with World Water Day, at the end of the biggest ever conference on the planet's crisis of fresh water. But some countries criticized the cornerstone outcome of the fifth World Water Forum as flawed, while activists dismissed the event itself as a "trade show."... A number of countries, including Spain, France and several nations from Latin America and Africa, tried in vain to have the document recognize access to safe drinking water and sanitation as "a basic human right," rather than a "basic human need" - a textual change with political and legal ramifications.
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