Friday, September 30, 2011
The right to water: ten million Mexicans - almost 10% - suffer from lack of access
The Mexican Senate approved September 28 a federal constitutional amendment which would guarantee the right to clean water. It would also guarantee a clean environment.
A proponent of the measure said, “It’s imperative that we change our vision, because our survival depends upon our conservation of natural resources.” One senator told the Senate chamber during the debate that 10 million Mexicans – almost 10% of the country’s population – suffer from chronic lack of access to clean drinking water.
The proposal will now be sent to the legislatures of each of the 31 Mexican states, 17 of which must ratify it before it becomes law. Since this is a constitutional amendment only, the details of just how its guarantees of clean water and a clean environment would be implemented await subsequent enforcing legislation.
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