Happy birthday!

News Jul 29, 2020

Happy birthday to the youngest human rights: sanitation and water! You may feel nostalgic, angry at the lack of progress, hopeful... I'm feeling mostly amazed, because it feels like yesterday (and not just when looking at JMP charts 😡)

Anyway, here's a selection for today:

Who best to hear from than Catarina de Albuquerque, who was Special Rapporteur ten years ago!
Has water as a human right moved from a resolution to reality?
On the 10th anniversary of the recognition of water and sanitation as human right, 1 in 10 people still do not have access to clean water close to home.
For some historical perspective
Ten years of the human rights to water and sanitation: our contributions and the road ahead | WASH Matters
Read about the practical tools and analysis to we have produced over the past decade to support countries and communities towards realising the human rights to water and sanitation.
A good overview of what the realisation of human rights means in practice
Manifest online together on a map
This virtual demo online is pretty cool!
26 years later, water rights are still not real in South Africa
It’s been more than 24 years since the South African Constitution was promulgated. The Constitution stated clearly that “everyone has the right to have access to sufficient water” (section 27(1)(b)), and placed the obligation squarely on the state to “take reasonable legislative and other measures, …
The perspective from South Africa, where water has been a right for 24 years

Cover image credits: Collage of works commissioned by WaterAid