The objective of the Alternative World Water Forum (AWWF) – in French, the Forum Alternatif Mondial de l’Eau (FAME) – is to create a concrete alternative to the ninth World Water Forum (WWF) which is organized by the World Water Council. This Council is a mouthpiece for transnational companies and the World Bank and they falsely claim to head the global governance of water.
For several years, different civil society movements have fought side by side for water conservation and citizen management of water. Activists have created platforms, propositions and campaigns at events such as the 2003 Alternative Forum in Florence, the 2005 Alternative Forum in Geneva, the 2006 Alternative Forum in Mexico or the 2009 Alternative Forum in Istanbul and within international Social Forums such as those in Porto Alegre, Caracas, Nairobi, and Belem. These gatherings helped solidify the movement to reappropriate water, a communal resource which belongs to all of humanity.
The world water movement, in its many forms, has given birth to national water rights networks (such as in Italy), continental networks (in Africa), and has led to the decline of water privatization in Latin America, Africa, Europe, and notably, in France. Notably, in France, home to the main multinational water companies, water came back under public management in Paris in 2010.
The water movement has participated in the fight to have access to water recognized as a fundamental human right. Water was declared a human right by the United Nations on 28 July 2010.
The AWWF will pursue and amplify the water movement by
- creating and promoting an alternative vision of water management which is based on ecological and democratic values;
- continuing research to find solutions to the worldwide water crisis and;
- making the water movement structure sustainable.