Who is WWC - World Water Council?
Although the WWC was officially founded under the U.N in 1996, its mission has been rooted in 1970s. For instance the first intergovernmental water conference was held under the U.N. in 1977. This event faciliated the real intentions become apparent in only three years and the U.N General Assembly took a decision in 1980 to devote next 10 year period to the aim of "improving the conditions of water supply and hygiene". At first sight, this aim might be taken as a target which must be supported. However, when one takes todays trends and pressures on water delivery -which has historically been treated as common good- into consideration, the word of "supply" has become highly suspicious as it harbours important clues of capital accumulation such as the concept of "supply". Indeed the international institutions leading commodification of water have started to take care on using the words which are reminiscent of social values such as "access of poors to clean water" rather than using the concepts embedded in accumulation of capital like demand or supply.
On the other hand the idea of founding a world council for water was given tounge first in the U.N. Conference on Development and Environment organized in Dublin in 1992 and the Earth Summit in Rio.
In 1994, the IWRA- International Water Resources Association arranged a special session on water in its 8th World Water Congress in Cairo and this session was resulted with a motion for founding a world water council (WWC). "Consensus was established around the need for the creation of a common umbrella organisation to unite the disparate, fragmented, and ineffectual efforts in global water management".
Regrettably it is not possible to make a more systematical and chronological introductions here which are proper to the heading "Who is who" since there are objective and everlasting relations between water institutions. Therefore we think that it might become easier for readers to see connections clearer if each necessary information is given incidentally. This is also the reason of why we had to jump to IWRA all of a sudden. Accordingly we need to open a parenthesis in order to bring "Who is IWRA" to light.
Who is IWRA, International Water Resources Association?
In its own words "the IWRA has strived to improve water management worldwide through dialogue, education, and research for over 25 years. Since its official formation in 1972, the organization has actively promoted the sustainable management of water resources around the globe. IWRA is one of nine founding members of the World Water Council (WWC) and played a key role in its formation as an organization committed to global water policy." Not surprisingly the most major rhetoric used by IWRA is that the water is a scarce resource since governments are deprived from financial resources to invest in water delivery systems. This diagnosis legitimizes the efforts for commodification of water. When we check major IWRA committees we see that there are also names from Turkey. For example, Dr. Dogan Altinbilek from the Faculty of Civil Engineering of Middle East University/Ankara sits on the chair of vice presidency of IWRA executive committee. However we should also underline that the titles of Mr. Altinbilek are not limited only with vice presidency of IWRA as he is also the president in IHA, the CEO of Ictas Energy CO. and member of WWC-Governors Committee. We see the name of Ictas CO., on the other hand, also in construction industry (IC Ictas CO.) that these two Ictas are registered under the same holding of companies named Cecen Holding. When we remember that Mr. Altınbilek has bachelor degree in construction engineering and is the president of IHA, the leading global institution in energy sector we understand why Mr. Altinbilek undertakes a significant position in IWRA too (http://184.108.40.206/iwra/About.aspx) . Last but not the least, Mr. Altinbilek is also one of executive committee members of WWF-5 which will be held in İstanbul in 2009, hosted by Kadir Topbas, the mayor of İstanbul who is the right arm of prime minister Tayip Erdogan who declared that he would sell rivers, lakes and all water resources to private companies.