Promoting Good Water Governance with NHRIs

The Hungarian Ombudsman for Future Generations (Hungarian NHRI) and WaterLex organised a Side-Event on 13 March 2014 in Geneva (Switzerland) to present their join initiative on National Human Rights Institutions and good water governance at the UN Palais des Nations.

The meeting in the margins of the annual meeting of NHRIs (International Coordinating Committee of National Institutions for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights – ICC) brought together NHRI representatives from around the world along with delegates of Geneva-based diplomatic missions. This event provided an opportunity to present the NHRI water initiative to NHRI representatives and to discuss challenges and best practices of NHRIs across the globe in promoting the human right to water.

The meeting was chaired by Mr Marcel Szabo, the Hungarian Ombudsman for Future Generations who called on other NHRIs to enhance their role in relation to the human right to water and shared concrete examples of the Hungarian NHRI in this context via a video.

In another video message, Mr Leandro Garcia Silva, Director of Environment and Sustainable Development at the Office of the Ombudsman of Argentina, also shared valuable experiences of the Argentinian NHRI which takes a very active role in promoting human rights in water basin management.

The objective of the NHRI Water Initiative, its expected results along with the capacity-building and community-building activities foreseen within the framework of the initiative were presented by Mr Tobias Schmitz, Director of Operations at WaterLex.  A fruitful discussion followed the presentations and shed light on several areas of concern for NHRIs such as water as a source of conflict, privatisation or environmental pollution, and provided further contribution to future areas to be included into the NHRI water initiative.

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Please contact Jan van de Venis at or call WaterLex at +41 22 907 36 46.

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