UN flagThe UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) has granted special consultative status to the Geneva, Switzerland-based international NGO and membership organisation WaterLex, which takes a human rights-based approach in helping to shape water law and policy frameworks worldwide.

“This official status acknowledges WaterLex’s continuous engagement with UN agencies to advise governments on using law and policy to improve water governance,” said Jean-Benoit Charrin, executive director of WaterLex.

The status became effective as of 1 May 2014 after ECOSOC adopted the recommendation of its Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) at its April 2014 Coordination and Management Session.

“Consultative status for an organization enables it to actively engage with ECOSOC and its subsidiary bodies, as well as with the United Nations Secretariat, programmes, funds and agencies in a number of ways,” Andrei Abramov, chief of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs’ NGO Branch, wrote in a letter to WaterLex announcing the new status.

In addition to attendance of meetings, the status allows WaterLex to use UN facilities and to submit written statements relevant to ECOSOC work on subjects related to WaterLex expertise (e.g., law and policy pertaining to water governance and the human right to water).

In terms of obligations, organizations with consultative status are required to submit reports detailing their efforts in support of ECOSOC work every four years.

For more information:
WaterLex International Secretariat
Tel: +41 22 907 36 46
Email: info (at) waterlex.org

About WaterLex:

WaterLex is an international non-governmental organization (NGO) and membership association based in Geneva, Switzerland. It is a UN-Water Partner with UN ECOSOC special consultative status. Its mission is to develop sustainable solutions based on human rights to improve water governance worldwide, particularly in regard to consistent water law and policy frameworks. It works with an alliance of interested parties to improve water-governance frameworks, bringing them in line with country obligations under international human rights law. The interested parties are individuals and groups working in government (diplomatic missions), academia (professors of law, researchers), bilateral cooperation (water management advisors), the judiciary (high/supreme courts judges), the UN system (UN-Water family members), and civil society (NGOs that work on water issues). WaterLex works in partnership with 13 universities to continuously enrich the content of the WaterLex Legal Database. The organisation is funded by grants and project financing from public agencies, foundations, private gifts, and in-kind contributions. Established in 2010, when the human right to water was recognised by the UN, the organisation has a secretariat in Geneva with seven staff members, a supervisory board of directors, and a large pool of members and expert advisors. It is an official partner of the Global Water Partnership, UNDP CAP-NET, UNDP GWS, and UNECE, and a member of the board of the Swiss Water Partnership.