WaterLex ran a workshop in Tunis, Tunisia, on Wednesday (8 April 2015) in collaboration with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). The event, entitled “Water and Sanitation: Content, Implementation and Assessment,” aims to provided training and capacity-building for civil society organisations.
At the workshop, WaterLex Legal Desk Officers Dr. Elodie Tranchez and Moez Allaoui, and WaterLex Operations Desk Officer Jean Willemin, trained participating civil society representatives on ways to help realise the human right to water and sanitation (HRWS). OHCHR provided instruction about economic, social and cultural rights, such as the rights to food, housing, education, water and sanitation, and more.
The event serves as the kick-off for a larger project which will include a report by WaterLex and OHCHR on the water-and-sanitation situation in Tunisia, and for a project that may, contingent upon fundraising, offer regional trainings for CSOs to provide capacity-building for parliamentarians and water-user associations.
Tunisia recognized the human right to water in its 2014 Constitution, Article 44. WaterLex’s Moez Allaoui partcipates in raising awareness among the drafters of the new constitution around this human right.
“Now we need to give concrete steps in order to implement this right,” Allaoui said. “This is decisive, since there is a new water code that is in preparation and that should include international standards of the HRWS.”
Tunisia is in a situation of water stress, but still is in a position to be a model in the MENA region for a water governance based on human rights, he added.
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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 85 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 15 staff members, a supervisory board of directors, and a large pool of members and expert advisors. It is an official member of the Global Water Partnership, UNDP Cap-Net, UNDP Global Water Solidarity, UNEP Global Wastewater Initiative, and Swiss Water Partnership.