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Published on: 06/02/2020

*** Le webinaire est en anglais seulement *** El webinario es solo en inglés***

We are delighted to announce the first joint webinar convened by RWSN with IWA and the UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights to Water and Sanitation on the topic of Regulation through a human rights lens. IWA will host the webinar.

Regulatory actors have an important role in the realisation of human rights to water and sanitation.
They oversee services and take measures to ensure service providers comply with the rules and standards that are in line with the human rights to water and sanitation. They also ensure service providers are held accountable for non-compliance.
Regulators are responsible to ensure that all – especially the most disadvantaged – are provided with the services they need and deserve. Therefore, in the current world where 1 out of 3 people do not have access to safe drinking water the role of regulation has been steadily gaining ground in the water (as well as sanitation and hygiene) sector.
Traditionally regulators have been most active in urban areas that are served by public or private utilities. But the role is just as important for regulating WASH services in rural areas and peri-urban informal settlements. In such unserved or underserved areas, many households have no choice but to turn to informal, small-scale providers that operate beyond any institutional oversight. Regulating these actors might not be an easy endeavour, but it is instrumental in guaranteeing the compliance of the services provided with human rights standards.
Join the webinar where you can discuss this important issue with our panellists:
• Léo Heller UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights to Water and Sanitation
• Kelvin Chitumbo Director, National Water Supply and Sanitation Council (NWASCO) of Zambia
• 13 February at 1500 Central European time, (GMT+1)

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