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, including UN agencies, universities, NGOs, and governments. Go the main news article.

Two of the specific objectives of the conference and workshop.

Two of the specific objectives of conference and workshops.

Prof Eibe Riedel of the University of Mannheim, who is the president of the WaterLex Board of Directors, offered an opening address.

Prof. Eibe Riedel of the University of Mannheim, who is the president of the WaterLex Board of Directors, offered an opening address citing the importance of indicators, as well as pitfalls.

 

From left, Jane Connors (OHCHR), Prof. Eibe Riedel (Univ. of Mannheim, Germany, and president of the WaterLex board), and Jan van de Venis (WaterLex Legal Desk director and the event's master of ceremonies).

From left, Jane Connors (OHCHR), Prof. Eibe Riedel (Univ. of Mannheim, Germany), and Jan van de Venis (WaterLex).

Measuring Progress conference and workshop: Coffee break between Friday morning sessions.

Measuring Progress conference and workshop: Coffee break between Friday morning sessions.

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Nathalie Rizotti (Swiss Development Corporation), left, and Nicholas Fasel (OHCHR), on coffee break.

About 40 participants at the conference and workshop represented dozens of organisations, including UN agencies, NGOs, governments, and more.

Participants at the conference and workshop represented more than 30 organisations, including UN agencies, universities, NGOs, and governments.

At center, Fiona Marshall (UNECE) discusses ways to build on the Aarhus Convention and the Protocol on Health and Water while Patricia Quillacq (Andorra Ministry of Foreign Affairs) prepares to comment.

At center, Fiona Marshall (UNECE) points out ways to build on the Aarhus Convention and the Protocol on Health and Water while Patricia Quillacq (Andorra Ministry of Foreign Affairs) prepares to comment.

 

Naéla Mohamed Gabr (CEDAW working group on rural women), left, and Alice Bouman-Dentener (Women for Water Partnership) share viewpoints on women's participation.

Naéla Mohamed Gabr (CEDAW working group on rural women), left, and Alice Bouman-Dentener (Women for Water Partnership) share viewpoints on women’s participation.

 

Mads Holst Jensen (Danish Institute for Human Rights), left, presents on the AAAQ Framework and the right to water.

Mads Holst Jensen (Danish Institute for Human Rights), left, presents on the AAAQ Framework and the right to water.

Moez Allaoui (WaterLex), left, and Carlos Carrion-Crespo (ILO) discuss the role of social dialogue in local government.

Moez Allaoui (WaterLex), left, and Carlos Carrion-Crespo (ILO) discuss the role of social dialogue in local government.

Suzan Mathews (OHCHR) and Catherine Brolmann (University of Amsterdam) discuss ensuring coherence in investment and trade in services related to HRWS.

Suzan Mathews (OHCHR) and Catherine Brolmann (University of Amsterdam) discuss ensuring coherence in investment and trade in services related to HRWS.

Via Skype, Michael Windfuhr, deputy director of the German Institute for Human Rights, offered views on water governance priorities for the realisation of different human rights.

Via Skype, Michael Windfuhr, deputy director of the German Institute for Human Rights, offered views on water governance priorities for the realisation of different human rights.

The Saturday breakout session offers close collaboration among speakers and participants on the best indicators as well as next steps toward their recognition and use.

The Saturday breakout session offers close collaboration among speakers and participants on the best indicators as well as next steps toward their recognition and use.

At center, Dr. Tobias Schmitz, WaterLex operations director, helped organise the event and wrote the draft discussion paper.

At center, Dr. Tobias Schmitz, WaterLex Operations Desk director, helped organise the event and wrote the draft discussion paper. Photo by Jan van de Venis.

Photos by David Snow except where noted

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About WaterLex:

WaterLex is an international public interest development organization 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 nine 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, UNEP Global Wastewater Initiative, and UNECE, and a member of the board of the Swiss Water Partnership.