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 civil society organisations. See notes from his 5 Nov. presentation (PDF in French).
The conference, entitled “Water Days: International Conference on Clean Water Governance,” and part of the International Forum on Water in Africa and the Middle East, takes place at Hotel Le Palace Gammarth in Tunis, 4-6 November (see the programme).
In addition to Allaoui, who serves as WaterLex’s senior legal adviser and MENA programme manager, speakers at the event include Tunisian Minister of Agriculture Lassaad Lachaal; United Nations representative Mounir Thabet; Ambassador of Finland Tanja Jääskeläinen; and Ambassador of Japan Juichi Tkahara.
Other than WaterLex, the many organisations represented include the UN Development Programme (UNDP), The World Bank, the African and Islamic development banks, ONAS & ONAS-International, Tunisian University ENIT, and the University of Tsukuba Japan.
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