In 2015, WaterLex participated in, or hosted, the following events:

25-26 November: Conference: “Human rights: the Millennium Development Goals for Sustainable Development Goals”


WaterLex Executive Director Jean-Benoit Charrin is speaking at the Mexico National Commission for Human Rights international seminar event on “Human rights: the Millennium Development Goals for Sustainable Development Goals.” The event will take stock of the development and protection of human rights from the degree of compliance and the challenges still facing Mexico in each of the themes of the Millennium Development Goals, and a projection of expectations towards Sustainable Development Goals. The content, in Spanish, that was shared at this event, is posted here: “Agua para Todos.”

23 November: “Securing Water: Approaches & Perspectives from Civil Society – Reaching the Objectives of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”


Reaching the Objectives of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. A roundtable discussion “Securing Water: Approaches & Perspectives from Civil Society – Reaching the Objectives of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” with water activists to discuss the meaningfully contribution of civil society to implement and help achieving water-related SDGs, took place at the International Environment House on Monday 23 November, 2015 with Moez Allaoui of WaterLex. More information is posted here.

16 November: Launch of the Global High-Level Panel on Water and Peace with the Geneva Water Hub


WaterLex particpated in the Geneva Water Hub launch of the Global High-Level Panel on Water and Peace.   Switzerland and co-convening countries launched The Global High-Level Panel on November 16, with opening remarks by Swiss Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter, Mr. Michael Møller, Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva and Michel Jarraud, Secretary-General of the WMO and Chair of UN-Water. Co-convening countries then presented their vision for the Panel, and Panelists were introduced. More information about the programme is attached in this flyer and on the Geneva Water Hub website.

4-5 November: Capacity Building in Kuala Lumpur for NHRIs


WaterLex, the Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR) and the South African Human Rights Commission will jointly deliver a capacity building activity to National Human Rights Institutions of the Asia-Pacific region on 4-5 November 2015 in Kuala Lumpur. This training aims to strengthen the capacity of NHRIs of the Asia-Pacific region on their role of promoting and protecting the human right to water and sanitation and on other water governance related human rights. The training will put special emphasis on the implementation and monitoring of the water-related Sustainable Development Goal, SDG6. The event news is posted here.

3-5 November: UNEP Ask an Expert features WaterLex’s Moez Allaoui


WaterLex’s Moez Allaoui will present as the UNEP Expert of the Day, “National legal frameworks at the service of the human right to water and sanitation realization” online at the UNEP Platform of Experts. UNEP hosts these expert sessions on this page.

30 October: WaterLex Board meeting


The 3rd WaterLex Board meeting of 2015 occurred in Geneva.

26-29 October: Workshop on the Realisation of the Human Right to Water and Sanitation in Uganda


WaterLex’s Rose Alabaster and Lenka Kruckova co-hosted the final workshop for its Uganda project, “The Realisation of the Human Right to Water and Sanitation in Uganda” with the Ministry of Water and Environment Uganda, WaterAid Uganda, the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), Stockholm and the National Association of Women’s Action in Development (NAWAD). The overview, objectives and project details are shared here.

More information about the project outcomes will be posted soon.

18-22 October: International Water Association 4th Congress


WaterLex’s Moez Allaoui attended and participated on a panel at the International Water Association (IWA) 4th Congress on Water and Development. The panel presentation, “Who Implements the Human Right to Water and Sanitation, and How?” shared the IWA manual on the HRWS for Water Operators. A summary of the panel presentation is shared on the IWA Congress page, and the presentation of Moez Allaoui, WaterLex, is posted here as a PDF.

19-20 October: African Ministers’ Council on Water (AMCOW) Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Task Force meeting


WaterLex participated in The African Ministers’ Council on Water (AMCOW) Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Task Force meeting. In collaboration with the Government of the Republic of Kenya and Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), and Regional Economic Communities, AMCOW created this M&E Task Force to ensure success of the implementation of the Africa Monitoring and Reporting Initiative in Africa, reporting on the state of the continent’s water resources and sanitation in Africa. WaterLex is a proud member of this Task Force and more information is posted here.

28 September – 13 November: Online Course on HRBA to IWRM


WaterLex, in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme’s Capacity Development in Sustainable Water Management (UNDP Cap-Net) and the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), launched an online course about developing a human rights-based approach (HRBA) to integrated water resources management (IWRM). More information is posted here.

20-29 August: Stockholm World Water Week


Prior to Stockholm World Water Week 2015, WaterLex attended the UN-Water meetings.

At Stockholm World Water Week, WaterLex and the Global Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land Based Activities (GPA), part of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), co-launched an e-book, entitled “Good Practices for Regulating Wastewater Treatment: Legislation, Policies and Standards”. More information about the e-book and a link to read it, is posted in this article.

Also at World Water Week 2015, the United Nations Development Programme’s Capacity Development in Sustainable Water Management (UNDP Cap-Net), WaterLex and other partners co-launched a manual outlining a human-rights-based approach (HRBA) to integrated water resources management (IWRM). More information on the event is posted here.

23 July-8 August: 23rd World Scout Jamboree


WaterLex was proud to attend the 23rd World Scout Jamboree in Yamaguchi City, Japan, a gathering of 33,800 scouts, ages 14 to 18 years and from 150 nations, which took place 23 July through 8 August. The theme was “WA, a spirit of unity,” echoing the need of more cooperation among all for improving the state of the world, and reflecting the mission of the scouts: “Creating a better world.” The event report is posted here.

14 July: CEPAL Meeting


WaterLex’s Dr. Elodie Tranchez presented “Cumplimiento de los derechos humanos en las reformes legales del sector del agua – Compliance with human rights in water legal reforms” during the CEPAL meeting of experts “Formulacion de politicas de agua en e context de la agenda de Desarollo post 2015”. The report of her presentation and the meeting is posted here.

3 June: EU Development Days


WaterLex’s Jan van de Venis and Dr. Tobias Schmitz spoke Wednesday, 3 June 2015, to a seminar audience of about 200 people at European Development Days 2015 in Brussels, Belgium. The two-day “Seminar of National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs)” includes representatives from about 100 NHRIs worldwide. The report of the event is shared in this news item.

22-23 May: WaterLex General Assembly, Board Meeting and Cocktail event


The 2nd WaterLex Board meeting occurred in Geneva on 22 May.

WaterLex hosted ambassadors, Board Members, staff and other guests at a welcome event to celebrate the move of the offices to the World Meteorological Organisation building in Geneva on 22 May. Photos of the event, with noted guests are posted here.

The Annual General Assembly of WaterLex occurred in Geneva on 23 May. Minutes of the GA 2015 are shared in this PDF. Additional documentation is available upon request.

29 April: Business School Lausanne event on Water and Luxury Industries


WaterLex hosted an event, “Imaginative and Collaborative Discussion on Water, Sustainability and Luxury Industries Unfolds at Business School Lausanne”. The story, and a paper on water and the luxury industries, is posted here.

28-29 April: Conference on a Sustainable Future


WaterLex joined a global community of policymakers and institutions serving to safeguard the needs of future generations at the “Essential ingredients for a sustainable future” conference in Cardiff, Wales, 28-29 April 2015, to discuss how to implement a sustainability agenda. The Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015, made law with royal assent at the conference, is the first legislation of its kind, securing in law a set of well-being goals for Wales, ensuring that present needs are met without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own. More information is posted here.

12-17 April: The 7th World Water Forum

South Korea:

WaterLex joined other members of the Swiss Water Partnership (SWP) at the 7th World Water Forum 2015 in Daegu, South Korea. Coverage of WaterLex work at the 7th World Water Forum – is posted in these articles.

26 March: Right to Water University Course


WaterLex’s Dr. Elodie Tranchez and Mr. Moez Allaoui, began hosting a course in law and water resources management today (26 March 2015) at the University of Geneva, Switzerland. This was a 20-hour-long module called “Right to Water,” part of a certificate in advanced studies in water governance and policy at the university. The news of their work and links to the course are posted here.

13 March: 28th International Coordinating Committee meeting


WaterLex participated in the 28th International Coordinating Committee (ICC) of National Institutions for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights, was entitled, “Monitoring Sustainable Development Goals (Water and Sanitation): The Role of National Human Rights Institutions.” 

At this event, WaterLex launched its book, National Human Rights Institutions and Water Governance: Compilation of Good Practices, which chronicles the experiences of 21 NHRIs from all corners of the world in attempting to monitor water governance in their countries and achieve a human rights-based approach to it.

For three articles on this event, including a link to the book and to photos, please click here.

5 March: WaterLex Donor Meeting


The WaterLex donor meeting, held in Geneva, was an opportunity for WaterLex major donors to meet and continue strategy discussions with WaterLex management and members of the Board of Directors. During this meeting WaterLex presented its 2014 annual report, its 2015-2017 strategic orientation linked to human rights and water governance, and its budgetary adjustments planned for 2015 projects.

15-17 January 2015: UN-Water Annual International Zaragoza Conference. Water and Sustainable Development: From Vision to Action


WaterLex’s Moez Allaoui presented at the UN-Water Annual International Zaragoza Conference a talk titled, “Civil society contribution to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals related to water: Financing and Economic Instruments.”  The flyer and agenda for the meeting are posted here on the UN-Water website and the news article and presentation are shared here.