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 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
WaterLex co-hosted the event “Implementation and monitoring of Human Rights to Water and Sanitation and SDG6″ which featured a dynamic exchange of practical experiences on the implementation of the Human Rights to Water and Sanitation and SDG6 monitoring with a focus on human rights mechanisms, human rights tools, indicators and methodologies. The event involved development partners, including regional bodies (Inter-American Development Bank, the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights); civil society, (ONGAWA, WaterLex); bilateral agencies (AECID COSUDE) and governments representatives and practitioners working around the implementation and monitoring of HRWS and SDG6. Besides WaterLex Programme Director, Africa Region, Rose Osinde Alabaster, the Paneliste included Ms Jamesina Essie L.King, Commissioner of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights; Leo Heller, Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights to Safe Drinking Water and Sanitation; Sergio Campos, Water and Sanitation Division Chef, HRWS in IADB; Natalia Gulón, Technical Adviser, AECID.
During the event “Opportunities and limits to water pollution regulations” WaterLex and UN Environment launched the e-book “Sustainable Sanitation Systems: Health, Environment and Governance Challenges: The Case of Human Rights-Based Policy Reform in Alternative Wastewater Management Strategies.” WaterLex Scientific Officer Dr Florian Thevenon, the author of the report presented the e-book and the event featured the following Paneliste: Dr Joakim Harlin; UN Environment, Dr Simon Langan; IIASA, Dipak Gwavali; NAST, Alistair Boxall; University of York, Dr. Simon Buckle, OECD and Madison Condon; Columbia University.
Dr Florian Thevenon, WaterLex Scientific Officer also contributed to the event organised by UNESCO International Initiative on Water Quality (IIWQ) on “Emerging pollutants in water reuse: Addressing knowledge and policy gaps”. As a panel speaker he approached “The pioneering strategy in Switzerland to treat micropolluants: Legislative, financial and technical measures”. Other paneliste included Dr Olfa Mahjoub, National Research Institute for Rural Engineering, Water, and Forestry (INRGREF), Tunisia, Damian Indij, Coordinador of the Virtual Campus of UNDP Cap-Net, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Dr Sarah Hendry, University of Dundee – UNESCO Centre for Water Law, Policy and Science, UK, Dr Sarantuyaa Zandaryaa, UNESCO Division of Water Sciences – International Hydrological Programme (IHP) and Dr Claire Lyngå, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency – Sida.
WaterLex Programme Director, Africa Region Rose Osinde Alabaster was moreover invited to moderate the event “AFRICA Focus – Waste for Food and Energy Security” hosted by the African Ministers’ Council On Water and African Union Commission / African Union Commission.