The UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights to Safe Drinking Water and Sanitation, Mr Léo Heller, has a mandate to carry out thematic research, undertake country missions, collect good practices, and work with development practitioners on the implementation of the rights to water and sanitation.
- The Mandate and Issues of Focus is a mandate for change to secure human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation for all.
- Here is a list of the SRWatSan Country Visits
- All of the SRWatSan Resolutions are listed here.
The SRWatSan reports are available online and include:
- Mission Statement, preliminary report from Portugal:”The following statement outlines our preliminary findings and recommendations based on the information gathered prior to and during the visit. Our final reports will be presented to the United Nations Human Rights Council in 2017: for the housing mandate, it will be at the 34th session in March, and for the water and sanitation mandate, at the 36th session in September.” The note is posted here.
- Affordability, 2015
- The 2016 SRWatSan Gender Report There is more here about Water and Gender Equality.
- The Human Rights to Safe Drinking Water and Sanitation (Part 1 of 2), 2016).
In the present report, the Special Rapporteur discusses development cooperation in the water and sanitation sector, assessing the roles that it can and should play in the realization of the human rights to water and sanitation. Development cooperation can impact the human rights situation of a State or region in a positive or a negative way. In the present report, an exploratory work that will be complemented by a more in-depth report in 2017, the Special Rapporteur clarifies the relevant human rights obligations of bilateral and multilateral funders, including United Nations agencies. Subsequently, he assesses how development cooperation has been evolving in the water and sanitation sector. The Special Rapporteur presents a critical examination of relevant patterns and tendencies, drawing attention to the current approaches of funders and partner States in that field, with a focus on the related human rights principles and normative content. A number of key issues are addressed, with emphasis on measures that mitigate negative impact and maximize positive impact on human rights.
For more information:
- The OHCHR page for the Special Rapporteur is posted here.
- The OHCHR Toolkit on the rights to water and sanitation is posted here.
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