Against the backdrop of a neoliberal globalisation that promotes the unbridled commodification of life, water – a vital common good for human beings and ecosystems – is now a source of power and a coveted object.
In some situations, water is even used for political purposes as an instrument of war to choke civilian populations. Water is a common good, and access to water a human right. As such, everyone should have access to it, without discrimination, and it should serve social and climate justice. It is against this complex backdrop that the Social Forum for the promotion of the right to water took place in Geneva in 2022.