Submit to FacebookSubmit to TwitterqSubmit to LinkedIn

Other-edButton  bandeau-new-June2017 cover big April FINAL cover big March3 cover big February-2017 cover big January-final- cover big December FINAL cover big November FINAL cover big October-FINAL cover big September-16-big cover big June 2016 cover big May-FINAL cover big Aprilv7 cover big February02 cover big January2016 cover november2015 grande cover october2015 grande cover big Sept good cover-old July small cover-old June small cover-old June cover-old APRIL cover-old MARCH cover-old feb cover-old cover-old cover oct2014 bandeauhome-sept cover July2 other small coverJune cover-new-May-2014 cover-new-April-2014 cover-new-march-2014 cover feb14  cover-january-2014   
Issue 05 / May 2017 Issue 04/ April 2017 Issue 03/ March 2017 Issue 02/ February 2017 Issue 01 / January 2017 Issue 09 / November 2016 Issue 08 / October 2016 Issue 07 / September 2016 Issue 06 / July/August 2016 Issue 05 / June 2016 Issue 04 / April 2016 Issue 03 / March 2016 Issue 02 / February 2016 Issue 01 / January 2016 Issue 10 / November 2015 Issue 09 / October 2015 Issue 08 / September 2015 Issue 07 / July-August 2015 Issue 06 / June 2015 Issue 05 / May 2015 Issue 04 / April 2015 Issue 03 / March 2015 Issue 02 / February 2015 Issue 01 / January 2015 Issue 10 / November 2014 Issue 09 / October 2014 Issue 08 / September 2014 Issue 07 / July/August 2014 Issue 06 / June 2014 Issue 05 / May 2014 Issue 04 / April 2014 Issue 03 / March 2014  Issue 02 / February 2014 Issue 01 / January 2014
waterhumans  UNEP ON THE GROUND
Water is a human right

Civil society organisations have laid out their vision of how a UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) on water and sanitation can be achieved thanks to an event organised by the Geneva Environment Network (GEN).


SDG six agreed on by UN member states in September calls on countries to ensure the availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all. Yet during the GEN event, participants heard that according to the World Bank 20-40% of funds spent addressing the issue are lost due to a lack of integrity.


The conference took place on 23 November and was chaired by Moez Allaoui, Senior Legal Desk Officer at Waterlex, which fights to improve water governance worldwide.


Water should not be a resource for profit, pleasure and convenience, said Maude Barlow, a 2005 Right Livelihood Award Laureate from Canada during the roundtable, which was titled ‘Securing water: Approaches and perspectives from civil society’.


Indeed, the resource should be allocated to where it is crucial for human rights - such as for agriculture and aquifer systems - as a priority, said Lifeng Li, Freshwater Director at WWF International . Without these “we cannot talk about development,” he underlined.


The right to water must be thought of in connection with other goals such as on ending poverty and clean energy, stressed Maria Tignino, Senior Lecturer and Coordinator of the Platform for International Water at the University of Geneva.


Meanwhile, Jumanda Gakelebone - a 2005 Right Livelihood Award Laureate from Botswana – underlined that indigenous peoples are particularly vulnerable to water scarcity and that this is being exacerbated by climate change.


In the subsequent discussion, panel members underlined the role civil society can play in ensuring all have access to information on water and human rights.


For more information please write to

 This site is best viewed in Google Chrome
Copyright © United Nations Environment Programme.
Privacy  I  Terms and Conditions