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Land and Water Governance to Achieve the SDGs in Fragile Systems – Conclusion of session, 4th April 2019, Land and Water Days 2019

Land and Water Governance to Achieve the SDGs in Fragile Systems – Conclusion of session, 4th April 2019, Land and Water Days 2019

“We need to “Wake-up” and realise that groundwater is being over-used and depleted”, says Charafat Afailal, former Minister in charge of water in Morocco. In the conclusion of the plenary, Amanda Loeffen summarised that the achievement of all the SDGs,…

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Protocol on water and health learns about Leaving No One Behind

Protocol on water and health learns about Leaving No One Behind

L-R Cynthia Bleu-Laine (WaterLex), Rio Hada (OHCHR), Gabriella Casanova (WaterLex) WaterLex and OHCHR took the opportunity to share learnings from the 1st World Summit on Leaving No One Behind at the UNECE 11th Meeting of the Working Group on Water…

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Leaving No One Behind Report launched in Brussels

Leaving No One Behind Report launched in Brussels

This year’s World Water Development Report on “Leaving No One Behind”, co-authored by UN-Water members and partners, highlights the annual theme on vulnerable people. This launch event served as an opportunity to highlight the challenges being faced in water and…

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Putting People First in PPPs

Putting People First in PPPs

Has a #HumanRights based approach been included in #PPPs? WaterLex speaks at 13th Session of the UNECE Committee on Innovation, Competitiveness and Public-Private Partnerships, exploring the need for a human rights-based approach. The session was introduced by Ralph Heinrich, of…

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World Water Day on EuroNews NBC

World Water Day on EuroNews NBC

It’s time for a new approach, according to Amanda Loeffen, Director General of WaterLex. With over 2 billion people currently without access to safe and sustainable water, we cannot continue without a change in thinking. World Water Day is usually…

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World Water Day and Leaving No One Behind

World Water Day and Leaving No One Behind

Online debate about the connection between water, women and leaving no one behind, hosted by IWRA, and including presentations from WaterLex (Amanda Loeffen), Women for Water Partnership (Lesha Witmer), SIWI (Alejandro Jiminez) and Shervin Hashemi (Seoul University and winner of…

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3rd Africa Resilience Forum

3rd Africa Resilience Forum

“Fragility, Migration and Resilience” was the title of the 3rd Africa Resilience Forum, organized by the African Development Bank on 4-6th March 2019 in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire. WaterLex was invited to present as a panelist at the plenary session on…

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Exploratory Projects to prioritise the people that are being left behind

Exploratory Projects to prioritise the people that are being left behind

The 1st World Summit on Leaving No One Behind selected three winners of exploratory projects that seek to demonstrate innovative approaches to water and sanitation solutions. They all capture the same theme using a human-rights based approach and using local…

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Leaving No One Behind Innovation Award 2019

Leaving No One Behind Innovation Award 2019

Winner of the Innovation Award at the 1st World Summit on Leaving No One Behind is Shervin Hashemi from Seoul National University, presenting a project entitled “Resource Circulation Sanitation Showcase to Provide Sustainable Sanitation in Remote Areas”. Developed with Professor…

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Interview with winner of 1st World Summit on Leaving No One Behind

Interview with winner of 1st World Summit on Leaving No One Behind

Shervin Hashemi, winner of the Innovation Award, was interviewed by IWRA about his experience in participating in the 1st World Summit on Leaving No One Behind. Shervins project titled Self-Sustaining Resource Circulated Sanitation (SSRCS) system to meet the demands of…

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1st World Summit on Leaving No One Behind

1st World Summit on Leaving No One Behind

  “On the question of water, it’s not just a matter of missed economic opportunities, of entrenched social injustice and poverty; on the question of water, it’s quite simply a matter of life and death”, Michael Moller The 1st World…

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WaterLex and the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights

WaterLex and the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights

In November, The ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) initiated an eight-month project entitled “Thematic Study on the Rights to Safe Drinking Water and Sanitation in ASEAN”. In South East Asia, the population has relatively good access to safe…

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HRWS workshop in Ouagadougou

HRWS workshop in Ouagadougou

Last week, November 13-15, WaterLex organised a seminar in Burkina Faso on The Realisation of the Human Rights to Water and Sanitatoin in West and Central Africa (La Réalisation des Droits de l’Homme à l’Eau et à l’Assainissement en Afrique…

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Multi-stakeholder Workshop on Water Governance and Human Rights in India

Multi-stakeholder Workshop on Water Governance and Human Rights in India

On October 31st WaterLex held a workshop in Bhubaneswar, India on water governance and human rights. The workshop was organized in collaboration with Freshwater Action Network South Asia (FANSA) and the Odisha Human Rights Commission, furthering WaterLex’s work with FANSA whom…

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Summit Themes: Indigenous Peoples and Rural Areas

Summit Themes: Indigenous Peoples and Rural Areas

Indigenous peoples and people living in remote and rural areas face particular issues in accessing water and sanitation. Worldwide, indigenous peoples suffer disproportionally from marginalisation and human rights violations, including poor access to water and sanitation services. The lack of…

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Summit Themes: Women and Children

Summit Themes: Women and Children

Women and children are disproportionately affected by a lack of access to water and sanitation. Having access to clean water and basic toilets is essential, especially to vulnerable groups as children. Without these basic needs children’s lives and development are…

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Summit Theme: Refugees and Migrants

Summit Theme: Refugees and Migrants

The millions of migrants and refugees in transient accommodation create an environmental and humanitarian crisis. Migration can have a radical impact on access to water and sanitation services and presents significant practical challenges in ensuring that we are Leaving No…

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Announcing the new President of the WaterLex board

Announcing the new President of the WaterLex board

Pictured above, from left to right: Members of the board: François Münger, Vice President Yves Etienne, Cécile Molinier, Bacre Waly Ndiaye, President 2014-2018 Eibe Riedel, President 2018- Anders Johnsson, Director General Amanda Loeffen, and Dirk Hanshel.   After serving as President of the WaterLex Board since…

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Article on the WaterLex Seminar in Honduras

Article on the WaterLex Seminar in Honduras

  The seminar held by WaterLex in Honduras earlier this month was covered by Para Todos Por Siempre.

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WaterLex seminar in Honduras on SDG 6

WaterLex seminar in Honduras on SDG 6

Pictured above: Géraldine Gené, legal advisor at WaterLex, presenting during the seminar in Honduras. On Tuesday this week, WaterLex held a seminar in Honduras on “Los desafios de la implementación de los derechos humanos al agua y al saneamiento y el…

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The Right to Water in Humanitarian Situations

The Right to Water in Humanitarian Situations

Pictured above: All the participants in the panel: Huda Abdullah, Cynthia Bleu-Lainé, Osman El Hajjé, Marie-Thérèse Pictet Althann and Hani Al-Aswadi. WaterLex participated in a panel at a side event organised by Ius Primi Viri International Association, at the United Nations…

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Third WaterLex WWW 2018 session: Refugees and Migrants

Third WaterLex WWW 2018 session: Refugees and Migrants

[caption id="attachment_7671" align="aligncenter" width="3960"] Maiwen Dot Pheot Ngalueth sharing his personal experiences as a refugee. Photo: Mikael Ullén/SIWI[/caption] The third and final World Water Week session on “Promoting Ecosystem Protection and Human Rights”focused on the groups of Refugees and Migrants.…

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Indigenous people speaking on “Promoting Ecosystem Protection and Human Rights”

Indigenous people speaking on “Promoting Ecosystem Protection and Human Rights”

[caption id="attachment_7663" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Autumn Peltier, indigenous young girl from Canada; Andrew Robinson, chief administrative officer from the Nisga’a village of Lagalts’ap; Elodia Castillo Vásquez, a Mayan Ch’orti tribe woman leader.[/caption] In the second session on “Promoting Ecosystem Protection and…

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Promoting Ecosystem Protection and Human Rights: Women and Children

Promoting Ecosystem Protection and Human Rights: Women and Children

  [caption id="attachment_7638" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] All the speakers in a Q&A at the end of the session. Anamaria Nunez, Amanda Loeffen (moderating), Catarina de Albuquerque, Kusum Athukorala, Aida Ghram Kachouri and Lucie Leclert.[/caption] In a series of three sessions, WaterLex…

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Presentation on HRBA to water & new publication on good practices in Central America

Presentation on HRBA to water & new publication on good practices in Central America

[caption id="attachment_7618" align="aligncenter" width="3818"] Cynthia Bleu-Lainé, Programme Manager at WaterLex, giving a presentation on a human rights-based approach to water and sanitation to World Water Week attendees[/caption] As World Water Week continued in Stockholm, WaterLex participated in a session on…

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WWW: Water, Women and El Corredor Seco

WWW: Water, Women and El Corredor Seco

[caption id="attachment_7611" align="aligncenter" width="1614"] Géraldine Gené, Legal Advisor, giving an engaging presentation on access to water for women and indigenous peoples in Central America[/caption] On the opening day of World Water Week 2018 in Stockholm, Géraldine Gené (WaterLex) presented on…

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WaterLex at Stockholm World Water Week

WaterLex at Stockholm World Water Week

Women, children, indigenous people, refugees and migrants – these are the different groups of people that have been presented by WaterLex, OHCHR and IDB this week at Stockholm World Water Week, platforming the topic of “Leaving No One Behind” through…

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Expert Consultation on 16-17 Geneva convened by Special Rapporteur on the human rights to water and sanitation of forcibly displaced persons

Expert Consultation on 16-17 Geneva convened by Special Rapporteur on the human rights to water and sanitation of forcibly displaced persons

WaterLex, Chukwuebuka Edum was invited to the Expert Consultation through Dr. Mara Tignino. The event was organised under five-thematic topics: The need to integrate the human rights to water and sanitation into reception policies and destination countries Challenges to the…

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Expert Consultation on the principle of accountability in the context of the human rights to drinking water and sanitation.

Expert Consultation on the principle of accountability in the context of the human rights to drinking water and sanitation.

WaterLex, Cynthia Bleu-Lainé has participated in this expert consultation organized by the UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation, Léo Heller on 14-15 May 2018, Geneva. The Human Rights to water and sanitation have…

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2018 Events

2018 Events

9 May 2018: WaterLex 4th Scientific Committee Meeting, WMO Geneva WaterLex will hosts its 4th Scientific Committee Meeting at Geneva headquarters. Members include a select group of prestigious academic experts in the human rights to water and sanitation arena 9…

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New WaterLex Handbook: The Human Rights to Water and Sanitation: An annotated selection of international and regional law and mechanisms

New WaterLex Handbook: The Human Rights to Water and Sanitation: An annotated selection of international and regional law and mechanisms

In December WaterLex launched its new handbook “The Human Rights to Water and Sanitation: An annotated selection of international and regional law and mechanisms”, published in English and Spanish. The handbook compiles and annotates extracts from international law and mechanisms,…

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Celebrating Human Rights Day: Talking about people’s access to water and sanitation

Celebrating Human Rights Day: Talking about people’s access to water and sanitation   The 10th of December is observed every year to remember the day the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. To…

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NHRI’s from Georgia and Armenia in cooperation with WaterLex

The Ombudsman of Georgia recently launched a new 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…

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NHRI’s from Georgia and Armenia in cooperation with WaterLex

NHRI’s from Georgia and Armenia in cooperation with WaterLex

The Ombudsman of Georgia recently launched a new 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…

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World Toilet Day 2017 – Wastewater

One of the main causes of drinking water pollution and diarrhoea incidences is open defaecation. Still about 2.5 billion people do not use an improved sanitation facility, and about 1 billion people practise open defaecation. This requires an urgent need…

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WaterLex presents during the ‘Regional consultation on the right to safe drinking water & sanitation in ASEAN’

25-27 October 2017 - Waterlex presenting during the Regional consultation on the right to safe drinking water & sanitation in ASEAN (with particular emphasis on rural communities)   This Regional consultation organised by AICHR was attended by 60 representatives from…

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Wastewater research 6th case study – Argentina

Argentina: Human rights obligations and civil society commitments With 92% of the population being urban, most of the population has access to improved water and sanitation facilities in Argentina, but only half of it is connected to the wastewater collecting…

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WaterLex in Nepal

Last week, WaterLex took an active part in understanding and supporting the momentum in Nepal for implementing the human rights to water and sanitation. While Nepal took a very positive step in integrating HRWS into its constitution, and has close…

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Event at 36th HRC on “The right of access to water and sanitation”, 14th September

On 14th September 2017, Mrs. Rose Osinde ALABASTER, Waterlex Programme Director for the African Region was invited to present at a side-event, in conjunction with the 36th Session of the UN Human Rights Council, on the theme: “The Human Rights…

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World Water Week 2017

World Water Week 2017

During this year’s, World Water Week in Stockholm WaterLex confirmed its position as specialist in the legal and policy aspects of the HRWS to create a more enabling environment for its realisation. WaterLex participated in 4 events and the launch…

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Sustainable Sanitation Systems: Health, Environment and Governance Challenges

Sustainable Sanitation Systems: Health, Environment and Governance Challenges

Launch of the E-book Sustainable Sanitation Systems: Health, Environment and Governance Challenges: The Case of Human Rights-Based Policy Reform in Alternative Wastewater Management Strategies This report published by WaterLex and UN Environment was launched at Stockholm during the world Water…

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Agua y derechos humanos

Water and Human Rights WaterLex was invited by the National Human Rights Institution (NHRI) in Mexico to write a short publication on the meaning of the human rights to water and sanitation, and how it has been adopted in the…

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Wastewater research 5th case study – Australia

Wastewater research 5th case study – Australia

Australia: Environmental awareness and lagoon-based wastewater treatment plants.   Australia is the driest inhabited continent and water scarcity has been worsening during last decades, with growing population and climate change effects. As a result, most inhabitants of big cities realized…

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Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Middle East Roundtable

Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Middle East Roundtable

MPs from Middle East find innovative solutions to regional water issues WaterLex has supported IPU to organise and present the Second Roundtable for Water and Peace in the Middle East on 6-7 July 2017. Delegates from Palestine, Israel, Egypt, Jordan,…

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Wastewater research 4th case study – Finland

Wastewater research 4th case study – Finland

Finland: Local and transboundary cooperation for wastewater management   There are abundant renewable water resources in Finland, with inland lakes and rivers making up 10% of the country. On the other hand, the Gulf of Finland is part of one…

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A Human Rights Based Approach to IWRM – 2017 Edition

A Human Rights Based Approach (HRBA) to Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM)   The course brings together two fields that, until recently, have been separate: human rights and IWRM. These two fields have been brought together as awareness has grown…

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Waterpreneurs – Innovate4 Water

Innovate 4 Water A Matchmaking Forum for Sustainable Development 9th June 2017, Geneva WaterLex participated in this innovative water event, which enabled exchanges between water entrepreneurs, IGOs, NGO's and investors focussed on safe water and sanitation. Following a day of…

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Crystal Drop Awards International Water Resource Association – 16th World Water Congress.

Dr Salman M.A. Salman 1st June at the 16th World Water Congress, Cancun, Mexico Dr Salman M.A. Salman, one of our Honorary and Scientific Committee members, together with co-recipient Dr Cecilia Totajada, was recently bestowed with the IWRA highest recognition:…

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Wastewater research 3rd case study – Jordan

Jordan: Policy effectiveness and increasing treated wastewater reuse   Jordan has one of the lowest levels of water availability per capita in the world. The Syrian crisis, the population increase, and the changing precipitation patterns in the region further aggravate…

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The Dresden Nexus Conference

The Dresden Nexus Conference hosted over 425 participants from over 50 countries to discuss how the sustainable use of environmental resources can be made more successful by using linked approaches. The conference focused on multifunctional land-use systems and resources management…

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Wastewater Research 2nd case study – South Africa

South Africa: A human rights-based approach to wastewater management For decades until 1994, public policy and the legal framework in South Africa were based on racial segregation affecting all spheres of life, with the result that up to 20 million…

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Festival in Panama

2nd Festival de Valores y Derechos Humanos de Panamá WaterLex was invited to attend and present at the festival in Torremolinos, Panama City, on values and human rights, festival de valores y derechos humanos de Panamá.  This is the second…

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Wastewater research 1st case study – Singapore

Successful examples of policies and legislations for regulating wastewater management The 2017 theme for World Water Day 'Wastewater', and the new 2030 Agenda (i.e. Sustainable Development Goal 6.3 Water quality and wastewater) both underline that wastewater management is one of…

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SDC Global Program Water Peer Review Bern 15th March

SDC Global Program Water Peer Review Bern 15th March

The SDC Global Program Water (GPW) Peer Review intends to create a dialogue and synergies between the GPW partners. The peer review is an important mechanism to help GPW and its partners to deliver on GPW Strategic Framework.  This 9th…

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WaterLex presenting on the role of parliamentarians in SDG6 implementation, IPU Budapest.

Amanda Loeffen, Director General of WaterLex speaking to parliamentarians about the importance of their role in SDG6 implementation, Budapest. Central and Eastern Europe is a region of contrasts with some countries really ahead of the game with the recent introduction…

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Indigenous People and IWRM (IPI14)

Course Announcement This training course and training materials are inspired by the thought that the integration of indigenous peoples’ rights and traditional knowledge into water resources management is an effective means to enhance sustainable development in the whole river basin.…

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Water Stressed World: The burden for agriculture

The inter-linkages between the human right to water, and the nexus between the right to adequate food and other social economic rights were presented by WaterLex at GFFA, Berlin. It’s importance for the agricultural sector was stressed, including the practicalities…

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WaterLex 2017 Events

WaterLex is involved in events and training workshops throughout the year. Please check this page for recent updates. 28 September 2017: WaterLex 3rd Scientific Committee Meeting, WMO Geneva The Scientific Committee convenes for its third meeting. A warm welcome and thank…

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Side event report: “Measuring Progress to Achieve Equitable Access to Water and Sanitation”

WaterLex co-organised a side event on "Measuring Progress to Achieve Equitable Access to Water and Sanitation" during the UNECE 4th Meeting of the Parties to the Protocol on Water [caption id="attachment_5316" align="alignright" width="150"] Rose Osinde Alabaster, WaterLex Programme Director for Africa[/caption]…

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Formation régionale sur la gestion intégrée des ressources en eau (GIRE) en Afrique

WaterLex a offert une formation de deux jours sur la Gestion Intégrée des Ressources en Eau (GIRE) à des représentants de ministères et de la société civile de huit pays africains francophones. Dix-neuf participants en provenance du Bénin, Burkina Faso,…

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WaterLex delivers a regional training on integrated water resources management in Africa

WaterLex delivered a two-day training on integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) to Ministries’ representatives and civil society from eight Francophone African countries. Nineteen participants from Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Morocco, Niger and Senegal took…

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Uganda’s Speaker of Parliament, Dr. Rebecca Kadaga on Water, Capacity Building, and how Uganda’s Parliamentarians can Secure SDG 6 for their Citizens

Photo: Honourable Speaker, Madame Dr. Rebecca Kadaga (L), Viktoria Mohos Naray (c), and Rose Osinde Alabaster (R) at the Inter-Parliamentary Union 135th General Assembly, 2016, Geneva. (Photo, courtesy of the Delegation of Uganda to the IPU). During the 135th Inter-Parliamentary…

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WaterLex formation: “La Gestion Intégrée des Ressources en Eau (GIRE) en Afrique”

Avec le soutien de la République et Canton de Genève, WaterLex accueillera cette formation à Genève pendant 1-2 Décembre: "La Gestion Intégrée des Ressources en Eau (GIRE) en Afrique: Pour une gouvernance de l’eau qui intègre les Objectifs de Développement Durable (ODDs) et…

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Equitable Access to Water and Sanitation: WaterLex side-event, UNECE-WHO/Europe Protocol on Water and Health (MoP)

Measuring progress in achieving equitable access to water and sanitation - panel discussion On 14 November 2016, WaterLex Programme Director for Africa, Rose Osinde Alabaster will give opening remarks for this event. Lenka Kruckova, WaterLex Legal Officer will present "Enabling…

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WaterLex at the 2016 Budapest Water Summit

The Budapest Water Summit will take place 28-30 November 2016, and is organised by the Hungarian Government in cooperation with the World Water Council, under the patronage of János Áder, President of Hungary. The organisers have invited WaterLex to be a part…

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Looking ahead to World Water Development Report 2018

Looking ahead to World Water Development Report 2018

Dr Florian Thevenon represented WaterLex in Perugia, Italy on 13-14 September at the Inception Workshop of the 2018 World Water Development Report (WWDR2018), organized by the United Nations World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP) of UNESCO. Over thirty experts convened to…

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Workshops in Nepal and India on the Human Right to Safe Drinking Water

Freshwater Action Network South Asia (FANSA) organised consultative workshops on Human Right to Safe Drinking Water in association with WaterLex and Antenna Technologies in Nepal and India. WaterLex, with Antenna Technologies, FANSA and other partners, are working on a “Safe…

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The Human Right to Water, Better Water Governance: Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia Training

WaterLex Netherlands representative, Jan van de Venis was in Skopje, FYROM on 21 June 2016 to train thirteen groups of people, representing the Ombudsman, ministries, water operators, the city of Skopje and NGO groups. This training is one of several…

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Gallery of Photos: 2016 Stockholm World Water Week

Photos from 2016 Stockholm World Water Week [caption id="attachment_5117" align="alignleft" width="300"] Opening plenary session for World Water Week 2016[/caption] [caption id="attachment_5108" align="alignright" width="300"] (From left to right): Chris Duckett, development director, Rose Osinde Alabaster, programme director, Africa region, Amanda Loeffen,…

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WaterLex at 2016 Stockholm World Water Week: Day 4

On Wednesday, 31 August, WaterLex attended a morning session on the revised monitoring and reporting framework by the African Ministers' Council on Water. The purpose of this framework is to support the secretariat of AMCOW in developing a common reporting…

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WaterLex at 2016 Stockholm World Water Week: Day 3

On Tuesday 30 August, WaterLex attended a session on measuring and valuing social impact. The event touched on the subject of the impact created by organisations working in the water sector and presented a tool developed by the World Business…

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WaterLex at 2016 Stockholm World Water Week: Day 2

Today, Monday 29 August 2016, WaterLex attended the plenary session convened for the official opening of Stockholm World Water Week 2016. High level speakers were present: Karin Wanngard, Mayor of Stockholm,  H.E. Margot Wallström, Sweden's Minister for Foreign Affairs, Angel…

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WaterLex at 2016 Stockholm World Water Week: Day 1: The SWP Booth event

Today, 28 August,  WaterLex hosted a side-event at the Swiss Water Partnership booth at Stockholm World Water Week to share several short presentations about the organisation, our programmes and flagship projects. The event agenda included: Introduction to WaterLex, our activities and…

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WaterLex at 2016 Stockholm World Water Week: Day 1 Equitable Access Event

On Sunday 28 August, 2016, the WaterLex team met with the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation Mr. Léo Heller, to discuss potential future support that WaterLex would provide to the work of…

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WaterLex welcomes Chris Duckett as new Development Director

WaterLex welcomes Chris Duckett as new Development Director

WaterLex is proud to welcome Chris as its first Development Director as of 1 August 2016. Chris has fifteen successive years of experience in development, fundraising and donor relations for international human rights NGOs. Immediately prior to joining WaterLex, he…

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Training Offered: NHRIs and Good Water Governance

The National Human Rights Institutions Initiative for Good Water Governance is dedicated to enhancing the role of National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) in monitoring water governance. As part of the Initiative, WaterLex provides training services on the advancement, promotion and…

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WaterLex at 2016 Stockholm World Water Week

Please join the WaterLex team at Stockholm World Water Week. Below you will find information on our presence, and where to find the Swiss Water Partnership Booth! We are hosting an event at the SWP Booth on Sunday, see below…

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WaterLex Training: “Water Governance and Human Rights”

In collaboration with the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), WaterLex Netherlands representative, Jan van de Venis and WaterLex Legal Officer Lenka Kručková trained 17 people from 11 European and Asian countries on “Water Governance and Human Rights” using…

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WaterLex General Assembly Elects Four New Members of the Board

Photo: The WaterLex General Assembly elected its newest Board Members in May, 2016. From the left are new Board Members Dr Ania Grobicki and Mr François Münger, current WaterLex President Professor Eibe Riedel, current Honourable Secretary Catherine Brölmann, new Board…

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Historic Roundtable on Middle East Water: Outcomes from the IPU Committee on Middle East Questions

Photo Credit: Inter-Parliamentary Union. 2 June 2016. Delegates on balcony at IPU. Roundtable on Middle East Water, IPU Committee on Middle East Questions (image source)   “The role of science and technology in projects of peace” was the focus of this historic…

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WaterLex at the GCSP Water Security Workshop: Enhancing Multi-stakeholder Partnerships

Photo Credit: Lorraine Schilling, WaterLex: Amanda Loeffen, WaterLex: "You're ultimately trying to reach a goal, sustainable water management and governance. The solution is to set up transitional agreements that take on the challenge bit by bit." The Geneva Center for Security…

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The Inter-Parliamentary Union and “The role of science and technology in projects of peace”

Ms. Amanda Loeffen, WaterLex General Manager, and Dr. Florian Thevenon, WaterLex Scientific Officer, will present key aspects of different models and initiatives and stress the importance of dialogue in discussions on the issue of water resources in the Middle East…

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Swiss Water Partnership News: General Assembly

WaterLex Attended Swiss Water Partnership General Assembly Executive Director, Jean-Benoit Charrin, and General Manager, Amanda Loeffen attended the Swiss Water Partnership General Assembly on 18 May 2016. The SWP General Assembly focused on the building of a meaningful platform for…

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Waterpreneurs and the Water Kiosk Learning Expedition to Cambodia

Today, 663 million people in the world lack access to an improved source of water according to WHO (JMP WHO-UNICEF, 2015 Update). The problem of access to safe drinking water affects even more people, since having access to an improved…

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WaterLex Participates in Bulgarian National Conference on Sustainable Water Supply and Sanitation Services

WaterLex took part in the national conference “Sustainable Water Supply and Sanitation Services for Bulgarian Rural Areas” that was held in Hristiyanovo (Stara Zagora Municipality), Bulgaria. Earth Forever Foundation organized the event as part of the project Mobilizing Civil Society…

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WaterLex Co-Founder and Executive Director, Jean-Benoit Charrin, promoted to WaterLex Board of Directors

A recent WaterLex Board Meeting with (L to R): Mr Jean-Benoit Charrin, Ms Amanda Loeffen, President of the Board Eibe Riedel, Ms Catherine Brölmann, Mr Giorgio Malinverni and Mr Yves Etienne.   [caption id="attachment_4645" align="alignleft" width="183"] Jean-Benoit Charrin[/caption] During the…

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WaterLex trains 20 Indonesian Diplomats in The Hague

Mr. Jan van de Venis, on behalf of WaterLex, conducted a training session for 20 Indonesian diplomats at Clingendael, The Netherlands Institute on International Relations in The Hague on 3 May 2016. The junior diplomats from the Ministry of Foreign…

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WaterLex Introduces Waterpreneurs

WaterLex is proud to introduce its support for the establishment of Waterpreneurs, an initiative that creates greater access to clean, affordable water (and sanitation) by scaling up the impact of water entrepreneurs in a safe environment with ethical funding. Waterpreneurs…

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Measuring the Human Rights to Water and Sanitation Realisation

Mr. Moez Allaoui of WaterLex presented at the Expert Group Meeting on the Water-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a 2-day meeting in Beirut, Lebanon. His presentation on “Measuring the Human Rights to Water and Sanitation Realisation” to the United Nations…

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WaterLex 2016 Events

In 2016, WaterLex events included: December: Geneva, Switzerland 1-2 December WaterLex formation: Avec le soutien de la République et Canton de Genève, WaterLex accueillera cette formation à Genève pendant 1-2 Décembre: “La Gestion Intégrée des Ressources en Eau (GIRE) en Afrique: Pour une…

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NHRI Water Initiative Common Platform Launched

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…

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Photos: World Water Day 2016 celebration at WMO

Several ambassadors, UN-Water partners and National Human Rights organisations joined about 50 guests at a cocktail reception celebrating World Water Day 2016 on Tuesday, 22 March. At the event, cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and networking followed welcoming remarks by Carlos Carrion-Crespo of the…

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Water, Jobs & Human Rights – Celebrating World Water Day

Each year the United Nations family celebrates the World Water Day. On this occasion, the UN World Water Development Report is released (Link). This year, UN Water and its partners focus on the link between water and jobs (Link): “From…

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Achieving equitable access to water and sanitation in the Pan-European Region

The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) organized a two day regional workshop on achieving equitable access to water and sanitation: from assessment to action on 21-22 March 2016 (link). The workshop brought together experts working in the water…

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Strategic workshop on future priorities under the Protocol on Water and Health

UNECE organized a strategic workshop on future priorities under the Protocol for Water and Health (7-8 March) at the UN Palais. The workshop brought together government representatives of Parties and other States from environment, health and water sectors, as well…

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Access to safe water and sanitation in Uganda

How is Uganda meeting the challenges of water needs for the majority of its population? Eighty five percent of Uganda's population is living in disadvantaged rural areas with hunger and food insecurity posing a major problem. The number of undernourished people…

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National Human Rights Institutions Water Initiative Training Manual Published

Strengthening the role of National Human Rights Institutions in water governance for the realisation of human rights More than 100 countries currently have National Human Rights Institutions (“NHRIs”) charged with promoting and protecting human rights. Even though it is their…

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The Status of Implementation and Monitoring of the Human Right to Water and Sanitation in Uganda

This 2015 publication provides an extensive review of the the status of implementation and monitoring of the human right to water and sanitation in Uganda. Download the full report (6MB) here. Executive Summary Access to safe water and sanitation is a human right,…

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WaterLex workshop on Water, Human Rights and Responsibility at 11th Conference of Youth on Climate Change

Water and Climate According to the IPCC, "climate change is projected to reduce renewable surface water and groundwater resources in most dry subtropical regions…intensifying competition for water." (IPCC, AR5) The IPCC further found that climate change will likely increase the…

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WaterLex and partners introduce a Manual on Human Rights-Based Approach to Integrated Water Resources Management

Manual: Human Rights-Based Approach to Integrated Water Resources Management This manual, written by UNDP CAP-Net, REDICA, the Water Governance Facility, and WaterLex, introduces human rights and IWRM to the reader, progressively integrating them into a single approach that has been…

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The Sustainable Development Goals and the COP21 Paris Climate Agreement

In the last weeks of each year, people tend to look back and evaluate the happenings of the year. The two major UN events this year, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the COP21 Paris Climate Agreement, provide WaterLex with…

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WaterLex Board Meeting 4 December 2015

The fourth and final WaterLex Board Meeting of 2015 took place in the WMO building on 4 December. Present at the meeting (in the above photo from left to right) were WaterLex Executive Director, Jean-Benoit Charrin, General Manager, Amanda Loeffen, President of…

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19 NHRIs Trained on Good Water Governance in Kuala Lumpur

WaterLex conducted a two-day training session for The National Human Rights Institutions Water Initiative for Good Water Governance in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on 4-5 November, 2015. The training aimed to enhance the role of national human rights institutions (NHRIs) in…

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WaterLex UN ECOSOC Statement of May 2015

29 May 2015 Statement submitted by WaterLex, a non-governmental organization in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). The Secretary-General has received the following statement, which is being circulated in accordance with paragraphs 30 and 31 of Economic and Social…

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WaterLex 2015 Events

In 2015, WaterLex participated in, or hosted, the following events: 25-26 November: Conference: "Human rights: the Millennium Development Goals for Sustainable Development Goals" Mexico: WaterLex Executive Director Jean-Benoit Charrin is speaking at the Mexico National Commission for Human Rights international seminar…

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With UNDP Cap-Net, WaterLex Helps Develop and Teach a New Online Course on a Human Rights-Based Approach to IWRM

The international public-interest development organization WaterLex, in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme’s Capacity Development in Sustainable Water Management (UNDP Cap-Net) and other groups, will launch an online course in late September 2015 about developing a human rights-based approach (HRBA) to integrated water resources management…

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Training in the Gymnase de Burier on “Water: a Human Right and Responsibility”

Training in the Gymnase de Burier on “Water: a Human Right and Responsibility”

On Monday, 5 October, 2015, the Canton de Vaud (Switzerland) and the Gymnase de Burier, invited WaterLex to present its workshop on "Water, a Human Right and Responsibility." Gymnase de Burier will host the 13th European Youth Parliament for Water…

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WaterLex and UNDP to Launch Manual on a Human Rights-Based Approach to IWRM at World Water Week in Stockholm 2015

[caption id="attachment_3994" align="alignleft" width="300"] At the Swiss Water Parternship stand at WWW in Stockholm 2015, from left, Moez Allaoui, Dr. Tobias Schmitz, Jean-Benoit Charrin and Rose Osinde Alabaster.[/caption] The United Nations Development Programme’s Capacity Development in Sustainable Water Management (UNDP Cap-Net),…

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WaterLex Leads Workshops at World Scout Jamboree: ‘Water: a Human Right and Responsibility’

Editorial by B. Michoud | Development Officer | WaterLex WaterLex was proud to attend the 23rd World Scout Jamboree in Yamaguchi City, Japan, a gathering of 33,800 scouts, ages 14 to 18 years and from 150 nations, which took place 23 July through 8…

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WaterLex and UNEP to Launch Wastewater Regulation E-Book at World Water Week in Stockholm 2015

The Global Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land Based Activities (GPA), part of The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), has collaborated with WaterLex on an in-depth study resulting in a 120-page e-book which details effective efforts…

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Recognition of Human Right to Water and Sanitation on the Rise in Central and South America Law and Policy

[caption id="attachment_3885" align="alignleft" width="300"] WaterLex member Dr. Miguel Solanes, former ECLAC regional advisor for water laws and regulation of public services, speaks at an ECLAC meeting in Santiago, Chile, 14 July 2015.[/caption] WaterLex Legal Desk Officer Dr. Elodie Tranchez, who…

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WaterLex and UNESCO-IHE Agree to Work Together on Human Rights and Water Governance Research

WaterLex and UNESCO-IHE signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on Monday 22 June 2015 describing future cooperation on research and other work pertaining to water governance, with an emphasis on water law and the human right to water. The MoU, signed…

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At EU Development Days, WaterLex Promotes NHRIs’ Role in Developing SDGs

[caption id="attachment_3766" align="alignleft" width="300"] Moderator Lotte Knudsen of the European Commission opens the plenary session 'Sustainable Development Goals: What Role for NHRIs?' at EU Development Days, 3 June 2015.[/caption] WaterLex Legal Desk Director Jan van de Venis and Operations Desk…

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Photos: Dignitaries Join WaterLex to Celebrate Its Move to the WMO Building in Geneva

Several ambassadors and other dignitaries joined about 60 guests at a cocktail reception celebrating WaterLex's recent move to the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO)  building in Geneva on Friday, 22 May. WaterLex, founded in 2010, moved to the building, at 7…

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Imaginative and Collaborative Discussion on Water, Sustainability and Luxury Industries Unfolds at Business School Lausanne

By David Snow  |  WaterLex  | Representatives from WaterLex and other interested parties gathered Wednesday, 29 April 2015, to discuss sustainable development involving luxury industries at an event hosted by Business School Lausanne (Switzerland). In a “collaboratory,” about 70 participants…

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WaterLex at Welsh Conference: Safeguarding the Needs of Future Generations

WaterLex joined a global community of policymakers and institutions serving to safeguard the needs of future generations at the "Essential ingredients for a sustainable future" conference in Cardiff, Wales, 28-29 April 2015, to discuss how to implement a sustainability agenda. The conference came…

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7th World Water Forum: Shaping an Ideal National Water Law, Plus Event Re-Cap

[caption id="attachment_3431" align="alignleft" width="225"] WaterLex Legal Desk Director Jan van de Venis speaks at the special parliamentarian cross-section event Wednesday (15 April 2015) at 7WWF.[/caption] High-profile parliamentarian discussion about shaping an ideal national water law caps WaterLex 7WWF participation: 4…

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7th World Water Forum: Putting the Water-Energy Nexus into Practice with Economic and Policy Incentives

By Jan van de Venis and David Snow | WaterLex | WaterLex's participation in events at the 7th World Water Forum in Daegu, South Korea, continued Tuesday, 14 April 2015, as Legal Desk Director Jan van de Venis served as…

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7th World Water Forum: #WaterRules! Photo Campaign (More Information Under Photos)

[gallery size="medium" ids="3498,3497,3496,3427,3420,3419,3311,3310,3309,3308,3307,3332,3333,3334,3349,3351,3352,3367,3365,3363,3362,3361,3375,3376,3377,3378,3380,3381,3382,3383,3384,3389,3390,3391,3395,3396,3397,3398,3399,3401,3402,3404,3406,3408,3409,3411,3412,3413,3414,3415,3416,3417,3514,3515,3516"] In the Swiss Water Partnership booth area during The 7th World Water Forum, WaterLex staff and forum volunteers took photos of attendees supporting better water governance by standing with WaterLex and holding up our Twitter hashtag sign: #WaterRules! We are using…

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7th World Water Forum: Keys to Providing Safe Drinking Water for All

By David Snow | WaterLex | Participation by the public and civil society organisations in forming policy and law are key to effectively realising the human rights to water and sanitation (HRWS), especially among vulnerable populations, panellists at a discussion at…

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WaterLex and OHCHR Train Tunisian Civil Society on Implementing the Right to Water and Sanitation

[caption id="attachment_2832" align="alignleft" width="150"] Moez Allaoui, WaterLex senior Legal Desk officer.[/caption] WaterLex ran a workshop in Tunis, Tunisia, on Wednesday (8 April 2015) in collaboration with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). The event, entitled "Water and Sanitation:…

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#WaterRules! WaterLex Staff Photos

#WaterRules! WaterLex Staff Photos

[caption id="attachment_3219" align="alignright" width="650"] WaterLex Legal Desk Intern Hannah Stoate.[/caption] Click here for the main article about WaterLex activities at the World Water Forum 2015, 12-17 April in South Korea. [caption id="attachment_3489" align="aligncenter" width="666"] WaterLex Operations Desk Officer Rose Osinde…

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WaterLex to Team Up With UNESCO-IHE, SWP, FANMex and UNECE in South Korea at the 7th World Water Forum

Updated coverage, 14 April 2015: 7th World Water Forum: Putting the Water-Energy Nexus into Practice with Economic and Policy Incentives Updated coverage, 13 April 2015: 7th World Water Forum: Keys to Providing Safe Drinking Water for All Click here to view…

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WaterLex Experts Lead Right-to-Water Teaching Module at the University of Geneva

WaterLex Experts Lead Right-to-Water Teaching Module at the University of Geneva

[caption id="attachment_3095" align="alignleft" width="150"] Dr. Elodie Tranchez[/caption] Two WaterLex Legal Desk officers, Dr. Elodie Tranchez and Mr. Moez Allaoui, embark on a teaching assignment in law and water resources management today (26 March 2015) at the University of Geneva, Switzerland.…

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More Photos: ICC 28th Session Delegates Discuss National Human Rights Institutions’ Role in Monitoring Water Governance

More Photos: ICC 28th Session Delegates Discuss National Human Rights Institutions’ Role in Monitoring Water Governance

[caption id="attachment_3034" align="alignleft" width="768"] Marcel Szabo, left, and Karam Singh speak at the WaterLex ICC side event at the UN, 13 March 2015.[/caption]   Photos on this page by Jan van de Venis.            

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ICC 28th Session Delegates Discuss National Human Rights Institutions’ Role in Monitoring Water Governance

[caption id="attachment_3014" align="alignleft" width="300"] Speakers at the WaterLex ICC side event, from left, Allan Lerberg Jørgensen, Jan van de Venis, Dr. Marcel Szabó, and Karam Singh.[/caption] The international public-interest development organisation WaterLex convened a well-attended panel discussion at the Palais…

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New WaterLex Book Reveals Good Practices in Water Governance for National Human Rights Institutions

New WaterLex Book Reveals Good Practices in Water Governance for National Human Rights Institutions

By David Snow | WaterLex | The international public-interest development organisation WaterLex has published a new book offering novel approaches to help realise peoples' human rights: National Human Rights Institutions and Water Governance: Compilation of Good Practices (click link for download). The book's…

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Legal Desk Director Jan van de Venis Moderates Water Governance Session at OSCE Economic and Environmental Forum in Vienna

[caption id="attachment_2879" align="alignleft" width="225"] WaterLex Legal Desk Director Jan van de Venis at the OSCE forum in Vienna, 27 January 2015.[/caption] WaterLex Legal Desk Director Jan van de Venis moderated a session at the 23rd Organization for Security and Co-operation…

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UN-Water Zaragoza Conference: Identifying Key Tools for SDG Implementation

  [caption id="attachment_2832" align="alignleft" width="300"] Moez Allaoui, WaterLex WaterLex senior Legal Desk officer. Photo by Anders Aliosha Johnsson.[/caption] WaterLex represented civil society in discussions related to key tools for implementation of the water-related Sustainable Development Goals on Friday, 16 January, and…

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Happy New Year From WaterLex: Looking Forward to Our 5th Anniversary

The WaterLex International Secretariat offices in Geneva, Switzerland, closed for winter holidays from Saturday, 20 December 2014 until Monday, 5 January, 2015, have reopened. The coming year promises to be a special one for numerous reasons, including the expected adoption…

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Right to Water and Sanitation: WaterLex Trains NHRIs of Kenya, Tanzania, Namibia, South Africa and Uganda

Jan van de Venis and David Snow | WaterLex | WaterLex conducted training sessions on needs and obligations related to the human right to water and sanitation (HRWS) last week in Entebbe, Uganda, for national human rights institutions (NHRIs) representing that country…

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WaterLex Trains Reps From Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama and El Salvador on the Right to Water and Sanitation

By Elodie Tranchez, Ph. D. and David Snow | WaterLex | WaterLex conducted training sessions on the human right to water and sanitation (HRWS) in San Salvador, El Salvador, for national human rights institution (NHRI) ombudsmen representing Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama,…

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Measuring Progress: WASH Indicators Conference and Workshop Brings Together Legal Specialists and Human Rights Practitioners

By David Snow | WaterLex | "No one should be invisible. No one should be left behind." These were among the opening comments from Jane Connors, director of the Research and Right to Development Division of the United Nations Office of…

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Conference PHOTOS – WASH Indicators: Measuring Progress on Realising the Human Right to Water and Sanitation

View photos from the WaterLex conference and workshop, "WASH Indicators: Measuring Progress in the Realisation of the Human Right to Water and Sanitation," which took place 21-22 Nov. 2014, at the International Conference Centre of Geneva (CICG, Switzerland). About 40…

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New Study: Establishing Good Practices in the Regulation of Wastewater Treatment

Commissioned by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)'s Global Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-based Activities (GPA), WaterLex has initiated a four-month-long study examining good practices in the regulation of wastewater treatment, including a…

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Workshop in Benin Supports Decentralised Cooperation for Water and Sanitation Among Municipalities

WaterLex has completed a two-day workshop in Cotonou, Benin, 11-12 November, aimed at fostering dialogue that will result in a strategy of decentralised cooperation among the country's municipalities for water and sanitation services. Such a strategy will serve the interest of vulnerable and…

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Integrating the Human Right to Water With PPP Agreements

Integrating the Human Right to Water With PPP Agreements

[caption id="attachment_2400" align="alignleft" width="225"] WaterLex Senior Legal Advisor, MENA, Moez Allaoui, speaks at WaterDays in Tunis, Tunisia.[/caption] At the WaterDays conference taking place this week in Tunisia, WaterLex's Moez Allaoui spoke about how to integrate the human right to water…

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131st IPU Assembly: Water Governance Debate Promotes Parliamentary Action

131st IPU Assembly: Water Governance Debate Promotes Parliamentary Action

WaterLex Legal Desk Officer Elodie Tranchez participated in an interactive debate among parliamentarians and water governance experts Wednesday at the 131st Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Assembly and related meetings at the Centre International de Conférences Genève (CICG). The debate, entitled "Shaping…

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First-Ever ‘Training of Trainers’ on a Human Rights Approach to Integrated Water Resources Management Takes Place in Costa Rica

WaterLex is helping to lead a training session this week in Santa Ana, Costa Rica, on a human rights-based approach (HRBA) to Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM). The session follows a June event in which a team met in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to discuss the…

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WaterLex Legal Director van de Venis to Speak About Climate Change Justice and More at October Events

WaterLex Legal Director van de Venis to Speak About Climate Change Justice and More at October Events

  [caption id="attachment_1493" align="alignleft" width="200"] WaterLex Legal Desk Director Jan van de Venis.[/caption] WaterLex Legal Desk Director Jan van de Venis will represent the international public-interest development organisation in October at three high-profile speaking engagements covering a range of compelling topics. The Private…

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WaterLex Executive Director Charrin Addresses Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly

WaterLex Executive Director Charrin Addresses Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly

[caption id="attachment_2207" align="alignleft" width="150"] WaterLex Executive Director Jean-Benoit Charrin at World Water Week in Stockholm 2014.[/caption] Jean-Benoit Charrin, executive director of the international public-interest development organisation WaterLex, spoke to the Council of Europe (CoE) Parliamentary Assembly Sub-Committee of Environment and Energy on Tuesday in…

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Water, Energy and Human Rights: WaterLex, UNEP, UNECE and Nations Weigh the Value of Wastewater Reuse

By David Snow, WaterLex |  More photos | In a side event to the 27th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, WaterLex gathered leading agencies and national representatives Monday to discuss how wastewater…

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Photos: WaterLex Human Rights Council Side Event, ‘Water, Energy & Human Rights’

Photos: WaterLex Human Rights Council Side Event, ‘Water, Energy & Human Rights’

Go to the main news page for the event. [caption id="attachment_2153" align="alignnone" width="790"] United Nations, Geneva. Photo by Jan van de Venis.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2148" align="alignnone" width="790"] Photo by Sabina Szaboova.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2143" align="alignnone" width="790"] Photo by David Snow.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2142"…

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WaterLex Workshop: Strengthening Transboundary Water-Management Institutions in North Africa

By Moez Allaoui, WaterLex | In collaboration with the Global Water Partnership (GWP) and the African Network for Basins Organization (ANBO) on 11 September 2014, WaterLex organized a regional workshop on the topic of cooperative relationships among transboundary water-management institutions…

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UN Watercourses Convention Now in Force: A Milestone Is Reached, but Challenges Remain

UN Watercourses Convention Now in Force: A Milestone Is Reached, but Challenges Remain

[caption id="attachment_2043" align="alignleft" width="150"] UN Watercourses Convention, 1997.[/caption] By Moez Allaoui, WaterLex | On 17 August 2014, the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Non-Navigational Uses of International Watercourses entered into force, after its ratification by the 35th…

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WaterLex and UNEP Explore Wastewater and Energy Investments That Help Realise Human Rights

By David Snow, WaterLex | In partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and other groups attending World Water Week in Stockholm, WaterLex presented a panel discussion on Monday exploring how evolving wastewater reuse practices can serve human rights. "We…

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Review: OECD Report on Overcoming Challenges of Private Sector Participation in Tunisia’s Water Utilities Governance

Review: OECD Report on Overcoming Challenges of Private Sector Participation in Tunisia’s Water Utilities Governance

by Moez Allaoui, WaterLex | Recently, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD*) published a comprehensive and interesting report on water governance in Tunisia. The report is available in French at the OECD iLibrary website: www.oecd-ilibrary.org under the title…

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In Rio Meeting, WaterLex and Cap-Net Advance Draft Manual for Human-Rights-Based Approach to IWRM

In early-June meetings in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, WaterLex and representatives from the UN Development Programme's Capacity Development in Sustainable Water Management (UNDP Cap-Net) and partner organizations developed a draft of what is thought to be the first manual outlining a…

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WaterLex Partners With UNDP Cap-Net on Training Manual for Human-Rights-Based Approach to IWRM

Latest news: With UNDP Cap-Net, WaterLex Helps Develop and Teach a New Online Course on a Human Rights-Based Approach to IWRM Recent news: WaterLex and UNDP to Launch Manual on a Human Rights-Based Approach to IWRM at World Water Week in Stockholm…

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Current and Past Projects

Current Projects Country Mapping: Facilitation of Decentralised Cooperation for Water and Sanitation in Benin Starting Date: February 2014 Status: ongoing Read more... Tools and Learning Materials: WaterLex Partners With UNDP Cap-Net on Human-Rights-Based Approach to IWRM Starting Date: November 2013 Status:…

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Key Outputs Explained

1. Country Mappings A country mapping is a publication that provides a ‘snapshot’ of the current state of implementation of the Human Right to Water and Sanitation (HRWS). WaterLex conducts a multidisciplinary assessment of the existing governance situation in direct consultation…

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Figure: Key Stages in the Realisation of HRWS

Figure: Key Stages in the Realisation of HRWS

    Figure: In the key stages of realising the Human Right to Water and Sanitation (HRWS), the WaterLex Legal and Operations Desks collaborate to create both effective policy and workable implementation for improved water governance. Read more Operations Desk…

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Our Key Activities

The Operations Desk undertakes a set of core activities and delivers a range of key products that are practically oriented and serve to overcome the abovementioned obstacles for the realization of the HRWS. These include Country mappings assessing the extent…

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Our Approach and Value Added

To address the gaps and pitfalls on the way to realizing the Human Right to Water and Sanitation (HRWS), the Operations Desk provides direct support to stakeholders and develops practical implementation tools on the foundations of a human rights based…

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UN ECOSOC Grants Special Consultative Status to WaterLex

UN ECOSOC Grants Special Consultative Status to WaterLex

The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) has granted special consultative status to the Geneva, Switzerland-based international NGO and membership organisation WaterLex, which takes a human rights-based approach in helping to shape water law and policy frameworks worldwide. "This official status acknowledges WaterLex's…

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Eibe Riedel Elected President of WaterLex Board of Directors

Eibe Riedel Elected President of WaterLex Board of Directors

[caption id="attachment_1535" align="alignleft" width="150"] Eibe Riedel[/caption] At the annual WaterLex General Assembly  meeting on Saturday, 3 May 2014, in Geneva, Switzerland, water law expert Eibe Riedel formally accepted the role of president of the international NGO's Board of Directors. Professor Riedel, a board…

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Q & A With Incoming WaterLex Board President Eibe Riedel

New President of WaterLex Board Looks Ahead WaterLex Board of Directors member Eibe Riedel (pictured with outgoing President Maria Francisca Ize-Charrin) was elected president of the board at the organisation's General Assembly meeting in Geneva on Saturday, May 3. He…

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Photos From the 2014 WaterLex General Assembly Meeting

Photos From the 2014 WaterLex General Assembly Meeting

[caption id="attachment_1564" align="alignleft" width="300"] Outgoing WaterLex Board of Directors President Maria-Francisca Ize-Charrin, left, with new President Eibe Riedel.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1559" align="alignleft" width="300"] From left to right: WaterLex Executive Director Jean-Benoit Charrin (CH); Board Vice President Yves Etienne (CH); new Board…

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Welcome to Jan van de Venis, New Legal Desk Director

Welcome to Jan van de Venis, New Legal Desk Director

Strengthening the Team to Tackle Expanding Challenges [caption id="attachment_1493" align="alignleft" width="200"] Jan van de Venis, LLM.[/caption] A warm welcome to Mr Jan van de Venis, who has just joined WaterLex as Legal Desk Director. Jan is the co-founder and Board…

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WaterLex at the OECD Water Integrity Workshop

Promoting the Human Rights-Based Approach to Water Governance WaterLex participated as a Member of the OECD Water Governance Initiative in the OECD Water Integrity Workshop organised by the OECD, Transparency International, SIWI / UNDP Water Goverance Facility and WIN on…

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Outcomes of NHRI Water Initiative Side-Event

Promoting Good Water Governance with NHRIs The Hungarian Ombudsman for Future Generations (Hungarian NHRI) and WaterLex organised a Side-Event on 13 March 2014 in Geneva (Switzerland) to present their join initiative on National Human Rights Institutions and good water governance…

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WaterLex at the 1st Franco Asian Symposium on Water

Shedding Light on the Realisation of the Human Right to Water in Asia WaterLex participated in the 1st Franco Asian Symposium on Water and its Eco-treatment organised by the Sasakawa Foundation, SLQI Systems, Académie de l'Eau and Pôle Aquimer on…

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WaterLex Project Facilitates Decentralised Cooperation for Water and Sanitation in Benin

Latest news: Workshop in Benin Supports Decentralised Cooperation for Water and Sanitation Among Municipalities In February 2014, WaterLex launched a one-year project in Benin aiming to facilitate and promote the implementation of mechanisms of decentralised cooperation for water and sanitation…

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WaterLex at the International Conference on the Political Economy of Water in Mumbai

Presenting the Human Rights-Based Approach to Integrated Water Resources Management  WaterLex was invited by the Nirmala Niketan College of Social Work of the University of Mumbai to attend the International Conference on the Political Economy of Water in Mumbai (India)…

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WaterLex Operational Field Training in Mozambique

“The Human Right to Water and Sanitation: From Recognition to Implementation” In the framework of the "International Seminar on Planning, Budgeting, Investment and Good Practices in Water Sector" that took place in Maputo, Mozambique, from 3 to 5 December 2013,…

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WaterLex at the Future of Human Rights Forum on Human Rights Day 2013

Promoting the Human Rights to Water and Sanitation on Human Rights Day WaterLex was at the Future of Human Rights Forum held in Geneva on 10 December 2013 to present its activities undertaken to develop sustainable solutions based on human…

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WaterLex Becomes a Cap-Net UNDP Network Partner

WaterLex at the Cap-Net UNDP Annual Management Meeting in Bali WaterLex was invited to participate in the Cap-Net UNDP Annual Network Managers Meeting in Bali (Indonesia) on 11-15 November 2013 which was entitled “A New Strategic Phase for Cap-Net in…

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Launch of the Spanish ToolKit for the Realisation of the Human Right to Water and Sanitation

  The WaterLex Toolkit for the Realisation of the Human Right to Water and Sanitation in its Spanish version has been finalized and is publicly available through our website. The objective of the ToolKit is to provide concrete guidance, tools…

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WaterLex at the 5th Regional Forum “Water, a Fundamental Human Right” in Mexico

Initiative of the Water Law WaterLex was invited to make a presentation at the 5th Regional Forum "Water, a fundamental Human Right" organised by the Committee on Hydraulic Resources of the Mexican Chamber of Deputies in Mexico City (Mexico) on…

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WaterLex Training to National Human Rights Institutions at the Danish Institute for Human Rights

Contributing to the Realisation of the  Human Right to Water and Sanitation: The Role of NHRI Within the framework of the Danish Institute’s Training on NHRIs and Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, WaterLex organised a training workshop in Copenhagen (Denmark)…

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Outcomes of WaterLex Side-Event on Water and Human Rights in the Post 2015 Agenda

Water and Human Rights in the Post 2015 Agenda WaterLex and the Deputy Commissioner for Fundamental Rights of Hungary organised a Side-Event on 13 September 2013 at the occasion of the XXIVth session of the UN Human Rights Council to…

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Message from Catarina de Albuquerque to all people in the Side Event 2013

Catarina de Albuquerque, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Human Right to Water and Sanitation sends a message to all people attending the Side Event on Human Rights in the Post 2015 agenda http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=STrsjqS1BRc

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Towards a Human Rights Based Water Governance – latest publication

Towards a Human Rights Based Water Governance – latest publication

Challenges for the post 2015 agenda Thematic Consultations on Water HR_WaterGovernance

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WaterLex signed up with WaterAid-West Africa a 2 year MoU for advocacy and training actitivies

WaterLex signed up with WaterAid-West Africa a 2 year MoU for advocacy and training actitivies

CONGRATULATIONS!!! another milestone for WaterLex We just signed an hour ago with WaterAid West-Africa a 2 years MoU for advocacy and training activities to further the realization of the HRWS. Follow the news in Twitter    

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WaterLex Becomes a UN-Water Partner

Promoting the Human Rights-Based Approach to Water Governance at UN-Level At the occasion of the 2013 World Water Week, WaterLex has become an official Partner of UN-Water, the United Nations inter-agency coordination mechanism for all freshwater- and sanitation-related matters. UN-Water…

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World Water Week in Stockholm 2013

World Water Week in Stockholm 2013

Latest news: Our Executive Director Jean-Benoit Charrin with Michel Jarraud - Chair of UN-Water at World Water Week in Stockholm

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Interview of Natalia Uribe on the Human Right to Water in El Salvador

Interview on the Salvadorian TV channel Francamente TVX of Mrs Natalia Uribe, WaterLex Training Coordinator, on the human right to water in El Salvador (in Spanish). Entrevista en el Salvadorian canal Francamente TVX con Sra. Natalia Uribe, Coordinadora de Formación…

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WaterLex Highlighting Linkages Between the Human Right to Water and Corruption at the First Water Integrity Forum

First Research Findings on the Human Right to Water and Corruption Presented The Water Integrity Network (WIN), UNESCO-IHE and the Water Governance Centre organised the first Water Integrity Forum in Delft, The Netherlands at the UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education…

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WaterLex Operational Field Training in El Salvador

How to Implement the Human Right to Water and Sanitation in Practice Following the Nicaragua training, WaterLex undertook a second training workshop at the invitation of Alianza por el Agua in San Salvador (El Salvador) on 6-7 June 2013 on…

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WaterLex Operational Field Training in Nicaragua

Implementing the Human Right to Water and Sanitation in America Latina WaterLex organised in cooperation with SDC a training workshop for government representatives, development practitioners and civil society partners in Matagalpa (Nicaragua) on 3-5 June 2013 to improve the capacity…

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Interconnecting Water Cooperation and Human Rights at the ACHPR

WaterLex Promoting International Water Law Obligations Derived from Human Rights Commitments at the ACHPR Within the framework of the NGO Forum of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR), WaterLex, WaterAid and the Legal Resources Centrer organised on…

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WaterLex Operational Field Training in Moldova

Contributing to the Realisation of the Human Right to Water and Sanitation in Moldova WaterLex organised in cooperation with SDC and AGUASAN a training workshop for government representatives, development practitioners and civil society partners in Chisinau (Moldova) on 18-20 March…

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WaterLex Championing Members of the Pan-African Parliament on the Right to Water and Sanitation

WaterLex Championing Members of the Pan-African Parliament on the Right to Water and Sanitation

Championing Members of the Pan-African Parliament in Taking Action for Sustainable Access to Water and Sanitation in Africa WaterLex, WaterAid and the Pan-African Parliament organised a workshop on water and sanitation in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) on 15-16 March 2013 to…

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Series of Lectures on the Human Right to Water in Poland

Sharing Knowledge on the Human Right to Water WaterLex partnered with Polish Humanitarian Action (PAH) to provide a series of Lectures to students throughout the country. These lectures were given from 23 to 25 January 2013 in Warsaw, at the…

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Theatre Play on Transparency in Natural Resource Management

Publish What You Pay for Water and Ohter Natural Resources "Les Ambassadeurs de Vie" (The Ambassadors of Life) is a young theatre company from Atakpamé (Togo) acting to raise awareness on transparency in natural resource management. The performance below was…

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