UNHRC launches public consultation on stigmatization in the realization of the rights to water and sanitation report

Date: 13th January 2012

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WSSCC will participate in the forthcoming United Nations public consultation on the Stigmatization in the realization of the rights to water and sanitation report in February 2012.

In 2012, the report will be prepared under the auspices of Ms. Catarina de Albuquerque, Special Rapporteur on the right to safe drinking water and sanitation. The report will be presented the United Nations Human Rights Council in September 2012. In order to benefit from the diverse and rich views, knowledge and perspectives, a public consultation on this issue is being held at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland on 1 February 2012.

In line with its new strategic vision, WSSCC has identified Equity as a key area of focus, whereby among those who gain access to water, sanitation and hygiene – WSSCC will give preferential support to poor and marginalized people. Enshrined in its Medium- Term Strategic Plan (MTSP) – the impact which WSSCC undertakes to achieve between 2012 and 2016 is to contribute substantially to global efforts to improve sanitation and hygiene for poor and vulnerable people in Africa and Asia. For more info please see the WSSCC Medium-Term Strategic Plan from 2012-2016.

The consultation will provide an opportunity for States, intergovernmental organizations, non-governmental organizations, national human rights institutions and other interested stakeholders to contribute their views on this critical issue.

Stakeholders are encouraged to submit their views on the issue of stigmatization in the realization of the rights to water and sanitation in writing before 31 January.  In particular, submissions that reflect the experience of groups and individuals who experience or have previously stigmatization would be welcome. Specifically, the following questions are of interest to the consultative process:
• Which groups and individuals experience stigmatization?
• How are different groups and individuals affected?
• How is stigmatization relevant to access to water and sanitation?
• What measures are being taken to address and overcome stigmatization?

Submissions can be transmitted electronically to srwatsan@ohchr.org (encouraged) or be addressed to:
Special Rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation
ESCR Section
Special Procedures Branch
Palais des Nations
CH-1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland
Fax: +41 22 917 90 06

The consultation will take places at the Palais de Nations, Room XII, from 10 am to 1 pm on Wednesday 1 February 2012.  Attendance should be confirmed via email before 23 January.
For more information please click here.

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