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Thematic Process T.1.1.1

Safe drinking water for all: Realizing the human right to water and sanitation

· Coordinator :
United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)
· Co-Coordinator :
Freshwater Action Network - Mexico (FANMex)

Access to water and access to sanitation have been recognized as a human right in 2010. Implementing this fundamental right is a legally binding obligation. This right entitles each person to have sufficient supply of water for personal and domestic uses, access to water of safe quality, being accessible physically and continuously, culturally acceptable and affordable without discrimination.

Although the world claims to have met the Millennium Development Goal drinking water target, at least 748 million people still lack access to an improved and safe drinking water source in 2012. The full and effective realization of the human right to water requires to pay attention to universality ? access to safe water for everyone ? but also to improve participatory governance with a specific focus on the elimination of inequalities and an emphasis on participation, empowerment, accountability and transparency, key elements to ensure any human right.

The session will illustrate how policy frameworks can incorporate human rights considerations, present concrete examples of how provision of water services can be improved and how stakeholders’ engagement can facilitate the implementation of the right to water.

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Session Data

· Date :
April 13, 2015 (월)
· Time :
11:20-13:20
· Venue :
DEC_310
DAEGU - EXCO
3F Room 324
· Session Code :
T.1.1.1
· Language :
English
Korean