We have been speaking about the water with Enrique Peña Nieto, governor of the State of Mexico and one of the best situated politicians of the PRI(Institutional Revolutionary Party) to be the next President of the Republic. The Institutional Revolutionary Party was taken out from the power in 2000, after 71 years of leadership in Mexico. For many, the Governor Peña Nieto would be the best candidate to seize the presidency to the PAN (National Action Party) of the president Felipe Calderón. We have been having a bath of Mexican politics: complicated, complicated.
Some weeks ago in Brussels, we chatted with a group of journalists and media directors from Mexico. About Latin America, Europe… but above all, the future of journalism. ¿Where does this crisis lead us? In Governors opinion, the crisis is an artificial, circumstancial something. But we all are suffering it. Enrique Peña Nieto agreed with Turkish president Abdullah Güll that the crisis is a good occasion to tackle water management.
1.100 millions of people in the world have no access to drinkable water, and withing 10 years that number could be doubled. That is why the “Pact of Istanbul” is being negociated, a political agreement to share public resources in water management and drains systems. Beyond that, there is private iniciative, of course. Important companies on public works are fighting for the contracts on civil infrastructure and introducing new technologies.
Water belongs to all of us and it is free, but getting it from the faucet is more expensive than what we think. That is to say, that water management implies much business and that is why it is so important civil society to demand a democratic control.