Year: 2014

Happy New Year From WaterLex: Looking Forward to Our 5th Anniversary

The WaterLex International Secretariat offices in Geneva, Switzerland, closed for winter holidays from Saturday, 20 December 2014 until Monday, 5 January, 2015, have reopened. The coming year promises to be a special one for numerous reasons, including the expected adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). For WaterLex, there is another milestone, as well: Our 5th anniversary. Our […]

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Right to Water and Sanitation: WaterLex Trains NHRIs of Kenya, Tanzania, Namibia, South Africa and Uganda

Jan van de Venis and David Snow | WaterLex | WaterLex conducted training sessions on needs and obligations related to the human right to water and sanitation (HRWS) last week in Entebbe, Uganda, for national human rights institutions (NHRIs) representing that country as well as Kenya, Namibia, South Africa, and Tanzania. The late-November 2014 sessions, part of […]

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WaterLex Trains Reps From Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama and El Salvador on the Right to Water and Sanitation

By Elodie Tranchez, Ph. D. and David Snow | WaterLex | WaterLex conducted training sessions on the human right to water and sanitation (HRWS) in San Salvador, El Salvador, for national human rights institution (NHRI) ombudsmen representing Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, and El Salvador. The representatives received two days of training, 24-25 November 2014, on the […]

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Measuring Progress: WASH Indicators Conference and Workshop Brings Together Legal Specialists and Human Rights Practitioners

By David Snow | WaterLex | “No one should be invisible. No one should be left behind.” These were among the opening comments from Jane Connors, director of the Research and Right to Development Division of the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, at the WaterLex conference and workshop on measurement indicators […]

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Conference PHOTOS – WASH Indicators: Measuring Progress on Realising the Human Right to Water and Sanitation

View photos from the WaterLex conference and workshop, “WASH Indicators: Measuring Progress in the Realisation of the Human Right to Water and Sanitation,” which took place 21-22 Nov. 2014, at the International Conference Centre of Geneva (CICG, Switzerland). About 40 expert participants — both legal specialists and field practitioners — attended the event, representing more than 30 organisations, […]

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New Study: Establishing Good Practices in the Regulation of Wastewater Treatment

Commissioned by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)’s Global Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-based Activities (GPA), WaterLex has initiated a four-month-long study examining good practices in the regulation of wastewater treatment, including a review of wastewater laws, regulations, and norms in developed and undeveloped countries. To download the […]

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Workshop in Benin Supports Decentralised Cooperation for Water and Sanitation Among Municipalities

WaterLex has completed a two-day workshop in Cotonou, Benin, 11-12 November, aimed at fostering dialogue that will result in a strategy of decentralised cooperation among the country’s municipalities for water and sanitation services. Such a strategy will serve the interest of vulnerable and marginalised people with respect to the human right to water and sanitation, adopted by the United […]

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At the WaterDays conference taking place this week in Tunisia, WaterLex’s Moez Allaoui spoke about how to integrate the human right to water and sanitation with public-private partnerships (PPPs). Allaoui gave a brief history of the human right to water and sanitation as well as PPP agreements, and described relevant legal precedents and obligations of states, companies, and […]

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WaterLex Legal Desk Officer Elodie Tranchez participated in an interactive debate among parliamentarians and water governance experts Wednesday at the 131st Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Assembly and related meetings at the Centre International de Conférences Genève (CICG). The debate, entitled “Shaping a new system of water governance: Promoting parliamentary action on water,” was organised around the […]

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First-Ever ‘Training of Trainers’ on a Human Rights Approach to Integrated Water Resources Management Takes Place in Costa Rica

WaterLex is helping to lead a training session this week in Santa Ana, Costa Rica, on a human rights-based approach (HRBA) to Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM). The session follows a June event in which a team met in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to discuss the first draft of the training manual in use this week. In line with the process […]

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