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The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed and exacerbated the existing inequalities and injustices related to privatisation, highlighting the unsustainability of market-driven systems to deliver on human rights and ensure access for all. This crisis is likely to be the first of a series of global shocks related to the ecological breakdown. This is a crucial moment to build public services as part of a just recovery and transition to a more sustainable and resilient economy and society.
Increasing privatisation, commercialisation and financialisation have raised many social justice and human rights concerns. The negative impacts of these trends have been compounded in the context of the climate and inequalities crises, disproportionately affecting people and groups who have historically been oppressed across intersecting racial, gendered, class, caste, religious, disability, and ethnic hierarchies.
In 2020 several organisations initiated a collaboration to establish a collective vision that can mobilise a strong broad-based movement to demand public services: ActionAid, the East African Centre for Human Rights, Eurodad, the Global Initiative for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, the Initiative for Social and Economic Rights, Oxfam, Public Services International, the Society for International Development, and the Transnational Institute.
The group organized two key events in 2020:
A public roundtable discussion bringing together seven current and former UN Special Rapporteurs and one former UN Independent Expert, across six different mandates, to reflect on the impacts of privatisation and on building renewed momentum and strategies for the public provision of ESCR-related services.
A two-day civil society workshop bringing together over 80 participants from all around the world to start building a global civil society strategy against privatisation and for reclaiming public services.
Collective narrative & regional workshops
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Access the draft collective narrative/manifesto in your preferred language.
Submit your feedback by August 13
We invite your comments and feedback on the global collective narrative as well as themes related a collective vision for public services.
In addition to answering the consultation questions, you are welcome to leave comments directly on the document.
If you have questions, contact Sarah Jameson.