Promoting the Human Rights-Based Approach to Water Governance

WaterLex participated as a Member of the OECD Water Governance Initiative in the OECD Water Integrity Workshop organised by the OECD, Transparency International, SIWI / UNDP Water Goverance Facility and WIN on 20 March 2014 at the OECD Headquarters in Paris (France).

The workshop took place within the framework of the OECD Integrity Week 2014. It provided for an opportunity to address the recent developments on integrity and transparency in the global water agenda and track progress achieved in this area. In particular, WaterLex highlighted the research findings of its conjoint work undertaken with WIN on applying the human rights-based approach to tackle corruption in the water sector (policy brief and foundation study). We futher stressed on the need to ensure language consistency and linking the OECD work on intergrity with the human rights-based approach and existing instruments such as the 2004 United Nations Convention Against Corruption.

WaterLex also presented the newly released Free Flow Principles drafted by Article 19 linking freedom of expression to the right to water and sanitation. The Free Flow Principles emphasise that everyone is entitle to claim his right to know, right to speak, and right to be heard in relation with the human right to water and sanitation. WaterLex got involved in the drafting process of the Principles.

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