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TitleWater and sanitation as human rights
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsDe Albuquerque, C
PaginationP. 19 - 24; 15 refs.; 2 photographs
Date Published2009-08-16
Keywordsaccess to sanitation, access to water, human rights

Understanding water and sanitation as human rights was central to the 2009 Stockholm Water Week theme of “Accessing Water for the Common Good”. Human rights are aimed at universal access to drinking water and sanitation which is safe, affordable, physically accessible, culturally acceptable and sufficient in quantity. This paper briefly explains the mandate of the Independent Expert on the issue of human rights obligations related to access to safe drinking water and sanitation. It then turns to water and sanitation as human rights, outlining their content, their status as rights, some prevailing misconceptions and the purpose and contribution of human rights in development practice. [authors abstract]

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