Global manifesto for public services

A group of more than 80 organizations from around the world, including CADTM members, are launching a manifesto calling for the strengthening of public services, such as education, energy, water and sanitation, food, health and care services, housing, social security, telecommunications, transport, waste collection and disposal. This will require redefining global rules, reorienting public institutions and refocusing governments on meeting people’s needs and respecting the planet.

The Covid-19 pandemic has shown the catastrophic consequences of decades of neoliberal privatization, commodification and financialization of public services. Ecological collapse and climate crisis are imminent. These crises threaten lives and livelihoods, pushing millions into poverty, causing mass migration and creating social unrest and political instability.

The manifesto calls for a new social pact, which supports families and communities in the face of the systemic crises the world is currently facing. It also calls for stronger governments that meet the needs of people and the planet. It positions democratic governance and universal access to quality public services as the foundation of a just and equitable society that implements the fundamental values ​​of solidarity, equality and human dignity. It proposes ten principles for building quality public services.