Championing Members of the Pan-African Parliament in Taking Action for Sustainable Access to Water and Sanitation in Africa

WaterLex, WaterAid and the Pan-African Parliament organised a workshop on water and sanitation in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) on 15-16 March 2013 to champion Members of the Pan-African Parliament in taking action to ensure sustainable access to safe water and sanitation in Africa.

Members of the Pan-African Parliament were presented Africa’s progress on WASH and MDGs, the economic and social costs of neglect and inaction, the impediments to WASH sector financing, and the current status of the debate on the post-2015 agenda.

WaterLex specifically strived to empower Members of the Pan-African Parliament with the necessary policy and legal information but also with the necessary tools to assist them in realising their country’s obligations related to the right to water and sanitation. In particular, the importance of the WaterLex Legal Database on the Human Right to Water and Sanitation was underlined so as to allow MPs to get information and inspiration from peers’ experience regarding legislation adopted in African countries in the field of water and sanitation.

A Declaration recommending the implementation of the human right to water and sanitation as a political priority for Africa was adopted at the end of the workshop. It will be presented at the next plenary session of the Pan-African Parliament in May 2013 for official endorsement.

UPDATE: Recommendation and Declaration on the Human Right to Water and Sanitation Adopted by the Pan-African Parliament

The Pan-African Parliament adopted on 13 May 2013 a Recommendation (PAP.3/PL/Recom.14(II)) and a Resolution (PAP.3/PL/Res.13(II)) recognising that “water and sanitation is a human right, essential for the well-being, health, dignity and development” of the peoples and countries of Africa. The Pan-African Parliament further urges African Union Members States to adopt policies and laws aiming at facilitating access to drinking water and sanitation for all. It also congratulates and encourages WaterLex for its action and its support to the Pan-African Parliament in the implementation of the Parliament’s programmes on universal access to water and sanitation.

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Picture Credit: © Pan-African Parliament 2013