The international public-interest development organization WaterLex, in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme’s Capacity Development in Sustainable Water Management (UNDP Cap-Net) and other groups, will launch an online course in late September 2015 about developing a human rights-based approach (HRBA) to integrated water resources management (IWRM). Please note, course registration is now closed.

The virtual course, running 28 Sept. – 13 Nov., offers a diverse group of about 40 participants an introduction to the main principles and concepts for an HRBA to IWRM, as an essential condition to improve access to water and sanitation and achieve the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals. The objective is to create awareness and strengthen the base for a human rights approach, with attention to efficiency, equity and sustainability considerations weighed against competing water uses and water stress.

WaterLex Operations Desk Director Dr. Tobias Schmitz will facilitate several course modules, with two sections being co-facilitated by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI). The course content was developed from what is thought to be the first manual outlining an HRBA to IWRM, drafted by the same group of partners and released at a special event at SIWI World Water Week in Stockholm 2015.

The manual drafting team consisted of Dr. Schmitz, Dr. Lilliana Arrieta of Redica, Ivan Pavlevitch of Cap-Net, Dr. Jenny Grönwall of SIWI and Nathalie Seguin of Freshwater Action Network (FAN).

WaterLex first partnered with UNDP Cap-Net in November 2013. Cap-Net hosts a training platform in IWRM, which is a river-basin-management method balancing needs for water among users and interested parties, such as settlements, domestic uses, agriculture, mining, industry, tourism and recreation, and environmental conservation.

Click here to read more about the course via UNDP Cap-Net’s announcement.

Go to the Cap-Net Virtual Campus page for the course.

Go to the WaterLex HRBA to IWRM project page, which links to related news of past developments.

See WaterLex photos of the manual launch and other activities at WWW in Stockholm 2015.

For more information:

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

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 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.