WSSCC endorses sanitation as a human right

Date: 9th November 2010

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From 27 to 29 April WSSCC joined in an expert consultation to discuss the human rights obligations related to access to sanitation. The consultation was convened in Geneva, Switzerland, by Ms. Catarina de Albuquerque, the UN’s Independent Expert on the issue of human rights obligations related to safe drinking water and sanitation. WSSCC Executive Director Jon Lane spoke at the consultation, and in June, WSSCC submitted to Ms. de Albuquerque its official position on the Human Right to Water and Sanitation. The statement concluded: “WSSCC would be delighted to see the people’s access to sanitation endorsed through the process and through the creation of a formal human right. Indeed, the formal recognition would ascribe sanitation the attention it since long deserves in the context of improving health, dignity and welfare of all.”

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