Human Rights Sensitive Indicators

The universal access to safe and adequate water supply and sanitation services in SDG 6 targets (6.1 and 6.2) includes aspects of the human rights approach which WaterLex promotes. Given that non-discrimination is one of the key principles of both the HRWS and the SDG framework, the indicators must be disaggregated and include various minority groups, including indigenous peoples, women or children. WaterLex held its second conference on strengthening integration of the HRWS in WASH indicators, following up on the conference in 2014 on “WASH, Measuring Progress in the Realisation of the human right to water and sanitation”. In February 2017, UNICEF and WaterLex co-hosted the “HRWS Roundtable Indicators Meeting” on “Monitoring the Human Rights to Water and Sanitation in the Context of SDG 6”. The meeting brought together experts in the water and sanitation sector and those from the sphere of human rights to water and sanitation. The objective of this expert meeting was to assess and define possible human rights to water and sanitation-sensitive indicators that can be integrated into WASH programming to contribute to the implementation and monitoring of the SDG 6 Targets 6.1 and 6.2. A background document on HRWS and linkages with SDGs plus a detailed meeting proceeding report was published in May. An abridged version, prepared in September, serves as a follow-up document. These papers provide the basis for WaterLex support to SDG and HRWS monitoring at a regional, country and sub-national level.