One Day for Water, Many Ways for Cooperation!
The significance and value of cooperation depend on the goals to be achieved. The 2013 World Water Day is the occasion to reassess that the overarching goal of water cooperation must be the realization of the rights of people and future generations as reflecting both “our respect for the rights of our neighbors, and our concern for the legacy of our children” (UNSRHRWS, 2012).
At this occasion, WaterLex releases three messages to highlight the need for implementing human rights-based cooperation. WaterLex works for the concrete realization of each of these statements through declarations, guidelines and specific tools. WaterLex’s messages on water cooperation and human rights are further developed in a paper available here.
A Message of Peace
WaterLex calls upon States to strengthen the legal framework for river basin management and to ratify the 1992 UNECE Water Convention that has become global this year, as well as the 1997 United Nations Watercourses Convention.
The WaterLex Declaration has been drafted with the contribution of a number of members of human rights treaty bodies. The Declaration provides a comprehensive articulation of human rights obligations and international water law.
A Message of Inclusiveness
Following-up on the 2012 UN Water monitoring report on integrated water resources management plans, WaterLex calls upon States to adopt a human rights-based approach ensuring that economic sustainability does not jeopardize social and environmental sustainability. In particular, WaterLex calls upon States to ensure a human rights impact assessment of water resources management plan.
The WaterLex Legal Database constitutes a reliable source of national and international laws and policies assisting decision-makers in assessing from other countries experience what type of measures were adopted by their peers to realize their human right to water and sanitation obligations.
A Message of Solidarity
WaterLex calls upon States and local authorities to foster international and decentralized cooperation aligning with the principles of the 2005 Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness (ownership, alignment, harmonization, managing for results and accountability) and human rights principles (universality, participation, accountability, non-discrimination and sustainability) as binding upon Donors and recipients States. Furthermore, WaterLex invites local authorities to endorse the Global Water Solidarity Charter on Decentralized Solidarity Mechanisms for Water and Sanitation so as to publicly engage in promoting decentralized solidarity mechanisms (DSMs).
WaterLex is glad to release the toolkit in its finalization phase for comments and contributions! The Toolkit is a practical guide for the Realization of the Human Right to Water and Sanitation through development practice. It provides a methodology and associated tools to assist bilateral and multilateral cooperation agencies and NGOs in the development of projects integrating human rights principles and positively impacting the realization of the human right to water and sanitation in a given country. It concentrates therefore on integrating a human rights-based approach into water and sanitation projects.