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Article 31 Presentation

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On the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, FLOW ("For Love Of Water") was invited to screen at the UN by General Assembly President Father Miguel d'Escoto Brockman. The filmmakers also presented a petition with 20,000 names from all over the planet calling for a new human right: the right to clean and potable water for all - Article 31. It's been a very special day to hear Father Miguel, President Miguel d'Escoto identify the similar concerns that were shown in this film: FLOW: For Love Of Water, and to identify the need for us to articulate that it is a public trust and a human right we're hoping it becomes as an organising tour, an educational tour, a learning tour and we thought that the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was such a wonderful opportunity How likely is it that this issue of water as a human right in this day and age of wealth and technology that every human being should have access to non-diseased water, clean water, how likely is that to become a reality? The ambassador said that it's very possible and particularly in light of the recent changes to the concept of human rights that are going to include social human rights. We're talking about the right to water for life For drinking water, for life. And I think it raises consciousness and it's hopefully one of the many threads of right to water activism that is going on around the world with many groups doing many different things. We thought it might be useful as a way to engage our audience to let them sign a petition to have the right to water considered as a human right and I'm very proud and pleased to be able to present to you the first 20,000 signatures of the Article 31 petition which just expresses from Irena and myself and all the people involved in the film our great hope and ambition, Embassador Miranda, to see that the right to water is treated with the respect that you have been discussing today and of course that Father Miguel has been discussing today. So it is a great pleasure and privilege to offer this to you. Thank you so much. It's my privilege. Article 31: Everyone has the right to clean and accessible water, adequate for the health and well-being of the individual and family, and no one shall be deprived of such access or quality of water due to individual economic circumstance. To sign the petition, please visit article31.org To find out more about the global struggle for the Right to Water, please visit www.flowthefilm.com

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Duration: 2 minutes and 50 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
Genre: None
Views: 299
Posted by: zad on Dec 18, 2008

FLOW producer Steven Starr at the United Nations presenting the petition to add an Article 31, The Right To Water, on the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

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