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Research Webinar | The Global Politics of Bottled Water

Monday March 22, 2021, from 15:30 to 17:00
Research seminar

Raul Pacheco-Vega (FLACSO Mexico)

The global bottled water market is priced at about $230 billion USD a year, and growing. Yet the growing phenomenon of consuming this vital liquid packaged in a plastic bottle seems ill conceived given current global conditions of water shortage. Understanding the paradoxical global patterns of bottled water production, distribution and consumption necessitates explanation. In this talk, I will discuss the global politics of bottled water markets and analyze whether commodifying the vital liquid is compatible with the global norm of the human right to water, as set by the United Nations’ 2010 resolution.