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Civil society groups mount pressure for global recognition of right to water

Six hundred and twenty One non governmental organisations drawn from various parts of the world have sent a letter to all UN Ambassadors and Missions, relevant UN Agencies, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, and the UN Special Rapporteur,  calling for the inclusion of the Human Right to Water and Sanitation (HRTWS) in the political Declaration of the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

The draft declaration of the post 2015 Development agenda which will succeed the Millenimiun Development Goals, is expected to  be released this May, 2015.download (3)

Lamenting that at ‘least 1.8 billion people drink contaminated water, and  2.5 billion remain without access to basic sanitation, the groups noted that the ‘United Nations Member States have explicitly recognized water and sanitation as a human, yet the human right to water and sanitation remains unmet for hundreds of millions of people’.

Today we sent a copy of this letter to  on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation. The timing of this call is critical as we hope it will influence the draft Declaration expected at the end of May.

 

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