Several ambassadors and other dignitaries joined about 60 guests at a cocktail reception celebrating WaterLex’s recent move to the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) building in Geneva on Friday, 22 May.
WaterLex, founded in 2010, moved to the building, at 7 bis avenue de la Paix, in late March 2015. The location also serves as secretariat headquarters for UN-Water, which counts WaterLex as a member.
At the event, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and networking followed welcoming remarks by Yves Etienne, vice president of the Board of Directors, and Jean-Benoit Charrin, executive director of the International Secretariat. The two described aspects of the international public-interest development organisation’s history and recent activities.
Photos from the reception
Photos on this page by WaterLex Events and Fundraising Manager Lynn Sorrentino.
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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, and the Swiss Water Partnership.