The Ombudsman of Georgia recently launched a project to monitor implementation of the rights to access to drinking water and sanitation, and to conduct relevant awareness-raising campaigns across the country. Special attention will be paid to the availability of drinking water and sanitation in regional education institutions.
The project was based on the Public Defender’s findings about the access to safe and harmless water for young people, mechanisms for monitoring, and observations of sanitation-hygienic norms in Georgia in 2016-2017.
Armenia is another country with a drive to accelerate access to water and sanitation, and has been working with the UN-lead SDG 6 integrated monitoring programme to step up implementation of data monitoring. Here specific monitoring is planned by the NHRI, regarding the water and sanitation situation in the preschools, schools and child care institutions.
In cooperation with the Public Defender’s offices from Georgia and Armenia, WaterLex is hosting a three-day course for NHRI members on water governance and human rights, highlighting steps for improving access to drinking water and sanitation.