According to the CBC News article, “Hike water prices to stop waste: expert,”
The former UN climate chief who has advocated putting a price on carbon emissions says water also should carry an appropriate cost.
In a world where supplies of fresh water are shrinking, countries, companies and individuals should be aware of the value of water, Yvo de Boer told a water seminar in Brussels, Belgium, on Thursday.
It’s logical and reasonable. There is a problem, however. In 2002, the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights recognized water as a human right. Surely it would be wrong to use market pressure on something they’ve deemed a fundamental human right. Right?
This is yet another reason I think it was ridiculous and ultimately counter-productive for the UN to recognize water as a human right.