Update from the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights to Water and Sanitation

Hello all,

After what has been a prolonged period of absence for some members of the “friends list” to the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the human rights to water and sanitation, I would like to touch base with you and renew my commitment to maintaining meaningful contact. As much time has passed, there is naturally a lot that could be shared. I will attempt to be selective and keep to key subjects that could be of your particular interest.

  1.     Recognition of human rights to water and sanitation

Firstly, the attentive among you may have recognized the change in my title. The General Assembly http://bit.ly/2drEiWH recognized the human rights to water and sanitation (plural) late last year in Resolution A/RES/70/169. More recently, the Human Rights Council also recognized the distinct rights in a new resolution http://bit.ly/2dPyVeY , meaning that my title has also changed accordingly to reflect the distinct rights. This is news to celebrate as I, like others http://bit.ly/2drFlpu , believe in the legal foundation and benefit of recognizing water and sanitation as two distinct but integrated rights.

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RWSN webinar: Participation: The key to gender equality in the human rights to water and sanitation?

Greetings/Buenos días (para el texto en castellano, por favor ver más abajo)

RWSN is delighted to announce the first two sessions of our mini-series of webinars (on-line seminars) on October 13, 2016. The first two sessions focus on the Human Rights to Water and Sanitation and will be take place both in English and in Spanish. Here is the more detailed information:

Topic: Participation: The key to gender equality in the human rights to water and sanitation?

Date: 13.10.2016

Time: 1.30 – 2.30 PM (Central European Time, CET – check this out in your local time zone here)

Speakers:

Léo Heller, Special Rapporteur to the UN on the Human Rights to Water and Sanitation

Mayra Gomez, Global Initiative for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Seema Kulkarni, Society for Promoting Participative Ecosystem Management (SOPPECOM), Pune India

The event will consist of three short presentations, followed by a Questions&Answer session where all participants are invited to ask questions or make comments. In order to participate, simply use the following link on the day of the webinar – it will take you to a “Skype for Business” session, where you first have to install a plug-in if you never used this platform before. It’s fast and free – after completing this process, you can join the session. We recommend you start this process about 30 minutes before the webinar starts.

https://meet.lync.com/skatconsulting/martinlaeng/D4JNC1YC

Feel free to pass on this message to others – there is no need to register for this event. At RWSN, we are looking forward to a wide and active participation.

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Buenos días

Es con mucho placer que RWSN está anunciando los primeros dos webinars de la mini-serie de otoño 2016, los cuales se efectuarán el 13 de octubre. La primera sesión en español enfocará en el tema de los Derechos Humanos al Agua y Saneamiento. A continuación estamos enviando la información detallada respecto a este evento:

Tema: Participación: ¿La clave para lograr la igualdad de género en el derecho humano a agua y saneamiento?

Fecha: 13.10.2016

Hora: 4.00 – 5.00 PM (Central European Time, CET – para conocer el horario en su zona local, por favor utilizar este  vínculo)

Presentadores:

Léo Heller, Relatador Especial ante Naciones Unidas respecto a los Derechos Humanos al Agua y Saneamiento, Brasil

Mery Quitón, consultora independiente, Bolivia

El evento consistirá de dos presentaciones y posteriormente los participantes tendrán la oportunidad de hacer preguntas o comentarios. Para participar, simplemente hay que hacer clic en el vínculo abajo – le llevará a un sitio de “Skype for Business”, donde tendrá que seguir las instrucciones para instalar el plug-in. Es un proceso rápido y fácil – posteriormente, podrá entrar al webinar. Recomendamos empezar este proceso unos 30 minutos antes de empezar el evento, para asegurar que todo funcione bien.

https://meet.lync.com/skatconsulting/martinlaeng/LM2ND2AY

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Jordan reaches out for support at the World Water Week in Stockholm 2015 – a water crisis that needs action

In previous years that I have attended the World Water Week in Stockholm I have never shed tears.  This morning was the first time. Alongside the current media attention about Calais in France and the erection of fences to stop migration, or seeking of refuge in the UK, the people of Jordan face a situation on a completely different scale. Jordan’s problem deserves not only much more media attention, but also much more action – and not just short term action!

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a new phase of RWSN is on the way…..

2015 Theme Icons

RWSN is not a formal organisation, more of a shared idea. In 1992, the network was founded as the Handpump Technology Network (HTN) with a narrow focus on…. handpump technology. 22 years on, and this small group of engineers from the Water & Sanitation Program of the World Bank, UNICEF, Skat and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) has become a much bigger family.

As of this morning we have 6,301 individual members, 23 RWSN Member Organisations (the newest are Yobe State Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency, Nigeria and the German-based NGO, Welthungerhilfe) and we have an active team of thematic leaders from Skat, WaterAid and IRC as well as a tremendously supportive Executive Committee.

So where now?

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