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The human right to water was introduced in the Mexican constitution in February 2012. A key step in its implementation was guaranteed on 1st July this year, when the National Water Commission (CONAGUA) decreed that everyone will have an allocation of at least 100 litres per day of drinkable water.

Today’s government in Mexico has declared its priority to combat poverty and inequality.  There are many actions that are being taken to make sure that no-one is being left behind, which is a central feature of human rights.

The publication of this decree, setting a goal to achieve universal access to water and sanitation services by 2024, demonstrates how the Mexican Government is a leader in its efforts to achieve the sustainable development goals, especially goal 6 on water.

WaterLex is honoured to have supported CONAGUA in the drafting of the National Water Programme, the guiding document that integrates national water plans at river basin level. It covers the availability and use of water as a resource, plus the strategies, priorities and policies to achieve a balance of sustainable regional development and integrated water resource management.

CONAGUA is supporting a human rights-based approach in the new draft requiring water and sanitation services to be available, physically accessible, equitably affordable, safe and culturally acceptable to all.