Human Rights Council Network

WaterLex is based in Geneva – the human rights centre of the world – and is able to contribute to a number of initiatives through the Human Rights Council (HRC) and in support of the Special Rapporteur for Human Rights to safe drinking water and sanitation, Léo Heller.

WaterLex is able to support through detailed country legal research programmes that are timed to fit with the missions of the Special Rapporteur, and through side events at the HRC, GANHRI and other human rights and water related events.

For example, WaterLex organised a side event at the Protocol for Water and Health in Geneva to celebrate World Water Day, using the opportunity to showcase examples of a human rights-based approach from the 1st World Summit on Leaving No One Behind, and speak about the 2019 UN-Water World Water Development Report, with a presentation from Rio Hada from OHCHR.

Previously, WaterLex was honoured to be invited to speak at the prestigious HRC side event with His Eminence Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson on the theme: “The Human Rights to Safe Drinking Water and Sanitation.”

The event in conjunction with the 36th Session of the UN Human Rights Council, was organised by the Caritas in Veritate Foundation with lectures by David NABARRO (former Special Adviser to the United Nations Secretary-General for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Climate Change) and Léo Heller . WaterLex presented the urgent need for action on this subject, as well as access for all and affordability.

In support of this event, WaterLex contributed a chapter to the publication ‘Water and Human Rights’, which focussed on ‘Common Good and Common Wealth: Trade and Water’.