In 2016, WaterLex events included:


Geneva, Switzerland 1-2 December
WaterLex formation: Avec le soutien de la République et Canton de Genève, WaterLex accueillera cette formation à Genève pendant 1-2 Décembre: “La Gestion Intégrée des Ressources en Eau (GIRE) en Afrique: Pour une gouvernance de l’eau qui intègre les Objectifs de Développement Durable (ODDs) et les droits humains à l’eau et à l’assainissement.” Link ici.  Report in English is posted here. En française, ici.


Budapest, Hungary 28-30 November
WaterLex Director General Amanda Loeffen will be speaking on “Good Water Governance – Important Not Only for Water” (Side Event, 28 November 2016, 15:30-16:30, Tisza Gallery). WaterLex Senior Legal Advisor, Viktoria Mohos Naray is confirmed to speak in the Civil Forum, “Start with the baseline: importance of country mapping” in the Civil Forum, 28 November, 16:30 – 18:30, Session 1: Implementing SDG6 through governance Outlining potential tools for successful outcomes. Read more here.

Geneva, Switzerland 14-15 November
“Measuring progress in achieving equitable access to water and sanitation – panel discussion” On 14 November 2016, WaterLex Programme Director for Africa, Rose Osinde Alabaster will give opening remarks for this event. Lenka Kruckova, WaterLex Legal Officer will present “Enabling frameworks for adequate monitoring of compliance with the human rights to water and sanitation.” Co-organising the event with WaterLex are Women for Water Partnership (Netherlands-based Secretariat for 25 member NGOs in 100 countries) and the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health (France). Read more here. A report of the event is posted here.


Geneva, Switzerland 23-27 October
During the 135th Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Assembly, held in Geneva, Switzerland, WaterLex held a meeting with the Uganda Delegation of Parliamentarians. The Head of the Uganda Delegation of Parliamentarians, Rt. Hon. Rebecca Kadaga (the House Speaker and MP, Kamuli District) and her delegation met with WaterLex to discuss our work in Uganda and the SDGs, among other topics. Read more here.


Perugia, Italy 13-14 September
WaterLex’s Dr Florian Thevenon attended the WWAP planning meeting for the WWDR2018 report. Read more here.

Stockholm, Sweden: 26 August-2 September
WaterLex attended the 25th UN-Water Meeting and Stockholm World Water Week. Reports of the events are shared in several news articles posted here.


India and Nepal: July
WaterLex, with Antenna Technologies, FANSA and other partners, are working on a “Safe Water Project” for scaling up safe water solutions in Nepal, India and Pakistan. In July 2016, the three organisations came together to design strategic advocacy action plans for implementation of safe water policy/commitments.  Read the news, and reports, here.

Geneva, Switzerland: 28 June-1 July
In collaboration with the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), WaterLex Netherlands representative, Jan van de Venis and WaterLex Legal Officer Lenka Kručková trained 18 people from 11 European and Asian countries on “Water Governance and Human Rights”. Read more here.

Skopje, Macedonia: 21 June
WaterLex trained thirteen groups of people, representing the Ombudsman, ministries, water operators, the city of Skopje and ten NGO groups in the FYROM. This training is one of several performed this year by WaterLex as part of our global work on the NHRI Water Initiative. The news is posted here.

Geneva, Switzerland: 2-3 June
The Geneva Centre for Security Policy (The GCSP) hosted an event, “Water Security: Enhancing Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships” and both days had presentations by WaterLex General Manager, Amanda Loeffen. Read more here.


Geneva, Switzerland: 31 May-2 June
Ms. Amanda Loeffen, WaterLex General Manager, and Dr. Florian Thevenon, WaterLex Scientific Officer, presented key aspects of different models and initiatives and stressed the importance of dialogue in discussions on the issue of water resources in the Middle East at the Inter-Parliamentary Union Committee on Middle East Questions “Roundtable on Water, The role of science and technology in projects of peace” on 31 May, 2016, in Geneva, Switzerland. More information is posted here, with follow up articles to come.

Lausanne, Switzerland: 18 May 2016
Executive Director, Jean-Benoit Charrin, and General Manager, Amanda Loeffen attended the Swiss Water Partnership General Assembly. More information.

Stara Zagora, Bulgaria: 10 May 2016
WaterLex Legal Officer Lenka Kručková presented “The Role of National Human Rights Institutions with regards to water governance related human rights”at the National Conference on Sustainable Water Supply and Sanitation Services. The article is posted here.

The Hague, The Netherlands: 3 May
Mr. Jan van de Venis, on behalf of WaterLex, conducted a training session for 20 Indonesian diplomats at Clingendael, The Netherlands Institute on International Relations. The junior diplomats from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia learned about International Water Law as part of a comprehensive course at the Clingendael Institute on International Relations. More info is posted in the article.


Cambodia: 20-22 April
In April 2016, Brieux Michoud with Waterpreneurs attended the Learning Expedition in Cambodia organized by Danone.Communities with 1001Fontaines, a French NGO whose mission is to develop a business model to enable rural people in developing countries to produce, independently and durably, safe drinking water. The Expedition included water kiosk organizations operating in Cambodia, Haiti, India, Mexico, Pakistan, Uganda, Nepal, and others. The article is posted here.

University of Geneva, Switzerland: 14-16 April
Dr. Elodie Tranchez and Moez Allaoui,Senior Legal Adviser, taught at UNIGE, University of Geneva the “Certificat de Formation continue Universitaire en Gestion et Politique de L’eau.” This course was part of a certificate in advanced studies in water governance and policy at the university. For a history of this cooperation, please see the 2015 article.

Beirut, Lebanon: 12-13 April
“Measuring the Human Rights to Water and Sanitation Realisation.” Moez Allaoui, Senior Legal Adviser, lead a discussion for the UNESCWA Experts group meeting on the water-related SDGs. The meeting article is published here.


WaterLex celebrated World Water Day: 22 March
For World Water Day 2016, WaterLex hosted an evening event at its headquarters in the WMO building in Geneva. The event began with 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 a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between WaterLex and IWA was the highlight of the evening. Read more about the new partnership and the event in this article.

For World Water Day 2016, WaterLex launched the NHRI Common Platform as well. For this occasion, all National Human Rights Institutions were invited to a cocktail reception held at the WMO building in Geneva, where they were introduced to the various functions of the Platform. Read more here.

United Nations, Geneva, Switzerland: 7-8 March
UNECE organized a strategic workshop on future priorities under the Protocol for Water and Health (7-8 March) at the UN Palais. The workshop brought together government representatives of Parties and other States from environment, health and water sectors, as well as water governance experts from the Pan-European region. The objective of the workshop aimed at identifying priorities to inform future work and priorities in the water, sanitation and health domain in the pan-European Region to inform and substantiate the development of the Programme of work for 2017-2019. WaterLex Executive Director Jean-Benoit Charrin, addressed the 80 participants on the subject of “equitable access to water and sanitation: translating the human right to water and sanitation into practice”. For details on the event, please see the article posted here.

Events in 2015

For WaterLex events in 2015, see the full list here.