The WaterLex International Secretariat offices in Geneva, Switzerland, closed for winter holidays from Saturday, 20 December 2014 until Monday, 5 January, 2015, have reopened.

The coming year promises to be a special one for numerous reasons, including the expected adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). For WaterLex, there is another milestone, as well: Our 5th anniversary. Our international public-interest development organisation and membership association had its start in 2010, the same year the human right to water was officially recognized, and the beginning of a phase of intense collaboration around the human right to water and sanitation (HRWS). We like to think of our fifth anniversary as “HRWS + 5.”

While we look forward to a big year in 2015, we were certainly busy in 2014. To catch up on news of our activities, many of which will continue in the coming year, go to our news page.

From everyone at WaterLex, we wish you happy holidays and a very watery new year!

WaterLex International Secretariat, December 2014. From left, Cherryl Andre de la Porte, David Snow, Viktoria Mohos Naray, Jan van de Venis, Tobias Schmitz, Christine Strub, Jean-Benoit Charrin (back), Rose Alabaster, Jean Willemin (back), Lenka Kruckova, Brahim Amadane (back).

WaterLex International Secretariat, December 2014. From left, Cherryl Andre de la Porte, David Snow, Viktoria Mohos Naray, Jan van de Venis, Tobias Schmitz, Christine Strub, Jean-Benoit Charrin (back), Rose Alabaster, Jean Willemin (back), Lenka Kruckova, Brahim Amadane (back), Elodie Tranchez, Moez Allaoui. Photo by Anders Aliosha Johsson.

For more information:

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

About WaterLex:

WaterLex is an international public interest development organization 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 13 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.