NHRI Water Initiative

The NHRI Common Platform was launched on the occasion of World Water Day 2016. 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.

With the support of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the NHRI Common Platform has been established for the NHRI Water Initiative. The NHRI Common Platform is a one-of-a-kind platform that allows NHRIs to strengthen their role in a human rights based water governance. It allows member institutions to have a peer-to-peer exchange, share knowledge and good practices, and have access to training resources and capacity building tools.

Waterlex has conducted and continues to conduct regional workshops from Asia to Latin America.

In Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, for example, WaterLex conducted a two-day training session for The National Human Rights Institutions Water Initiative for Good Water Governance on 4-5 November, 2015. The training aimed to enhance the role of national human rights institutions (NHRIs) in Asia for improved monitoring of water governance. Executive representatives of 19 NHRIs participated: Australia, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Jordan, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, New-Zealand, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Qatar, Samoa, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Thailand, The Maldives and Timor Leste.

The representatives received training on the following topics:

  • The international legal framework for human rights based water governance;
  • The instruments and tools that NHRIs have to monitor the right to water and sanitation;
  • International case law about water and sanitation and how to use it as a tool of monitoring;
  • Collaboration between NHRIs and other actors, such as civil society groups, in relation to the right to water and sanitation;
  • The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in relation to human rights and SDG 6 on water; and
  • Human Rights and Business.