Several ambassadors, UN-Water partners and National Human Rights organisations joined about 50 guests at a cocktail reception celebrating World Water Day 2016 on Tuesday, 22 March.

At the event, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and networking followed welcoming remarks by Carlos Carrion-Crespo of the International Labour Organisation (ILO), Ger Bergkamp of the International Water Association (IWA), and Jean-Benoit Charrin, executive director of the International Secretariat.

The signature of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between WaterLex and IWA was the official highlight of the evening. Through this partnership, WaterLex and IWA seek to “promote human rights-based approaches towards strengthening public policies, regulation and operations related to water management, and water, wastewater and sanitation service delivery”.

IWA is a unique worldwide network of water professionals to advance standards and best practices in sustainable water management. There are over 10,000 individual and 500 corporate members, with governing members in approximately 80 countries. We really look forward to partner with this network on the ground.

Jean-Benoit Charrin

Mr. Jan van de Venis officially launched the NHRI Water Initiative Common Platform. The private platform allows member institutions of the Initiative to share information, tools, knowledge, events and best practices about water governance related human rights. WaterLex acts as a host of the NHRI Water Initiative secretariat.

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Photos from the reception

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Mr Jan van de Venis, WaterLex Permanent Representative in the Netherlands, left and H.E. Reinout Vos, Deputy Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of the Netherlands Mr Yves Etienne, Vice-President WaterLex – Non-executive board of Directors, left and Mr Robert Bos, IWA Senior Advisor
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H.E. Lokré Célestin Samandoulougou, President of the National Human Rights Commission of Burkina Faso, left and Mr Jean-Benoit Charrin, WaterLex Executive Director  Mr Carlos Carrion-Crespo, Public service sector specialist (ILO), left, Mr Ger Bergkamp, Executive Director of IWA and Mr Graham Alabaster, Chief Waste Management & Sanitation Urban Basic Services Branch United Nations Human Settlements Programme Geneva Office
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