Contributing to the Realisation of the Human Right to Water and Sanitation in Moldova

WaterLex organised in cooperation with SDC and AGUASAN a training workshop for government representatives, development practitioners and civil society partners in Chisinau (Moldova) on 18-20 March 2013, which aimed at improving the capacity of key Moldovan water stakeholders in contributing to the implementation of the human right to water and sanitation at national level.

The workshop was inaugurated by Mr Gheorghe Şalaru, Minister of the Environment of the Republic of Moldova, and Mrs Georgette Bruchez, Director of the Swiss Cooperation Office. Both reiterated their commitment to ensure effective cooperation in the water and sanitation sector in Moldova.

In order to illustrate how to follow a human rights-based approach when designing water and sanitation projects, WaterLex presented its Toolkit on Integrating the Human Right to Water and Sanitation in Development Practice and its corresponding methodology so as to empower participants in undertaking an analysis of national human rights obligations and identifying the underlying causes of the lack of access to water and sanitation in Moldova.

Working groups identified people deprived from this access (right holders) and those having the responsibility to guarantee the right to water and sanitation (duty bearers) before pinpointing the capacity gaps of right holders preventing them to know and claim their rights, and for the duty bearers to fulfill their obligations. Participants then learned how to plan and design their action so as to effectively addess these issues, and eventually how to monitor and evaluate projects applying a human rights-based approach.

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