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The Alma Ata-declaration added that health “is a fundamental human right and that the attainment of the highest possible level of health is a most important world-wide social goal whose realization requires the action of many other social and economic sectors in addition to the health sector”. Water as an element possesses a number of quite unique qualities that are significant when conceptualizing and operationalizing water as a human right and as a global public good. An international trade system can contribute to growth and development; it can prevent monopolies, protectionism, and opportunism; it can bolster economies of scale. The chapter also describes the background motives increasingly prompting private companies – especially a number of major, multinational Western companies – to codify the procurement of global public goods as part of their business policy and to illustrate the consequences for the developing countries.

Keywords: global public good; health; human right; international trade system; private companies; water



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