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TEN YEARS OF THE HUMAN RIGHTS TO WATER AND SANITATION: A TRANSFORMATIVE PATHWAY FOR THE SDGS AND COVID-19 RESPONSE
The present report contains findings and recommendations made by participants with the aim of alerting states and all actors involved in the realization of the rights to water and sanitation of the importance of reassessing their interventions at this precise moment, highlighting that there is an urgent need to reprioritize the water and sanitation sector during and after the current pandemic.
On 8 July 2020, the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) in partnership with WaterAid, End Water Poverty, the Special Rapporteur on the human rights to water and sanitation, the NGO Mining Working Group and the Center for Economic and Social Rights (CESR) organized a virtual side event to the 2020 United Nations High-Level Political Forum (HLPF). Co-hosted by the Permanent Missions of Germany and Spain to the United Nations in New York, the event took place in the year of the 10th anniversary of the explicit recognition of the human rights to water and sanitation, a year in which the Covid-19 pandemic has also hit the world. Impacting severely the most vulnerable and marginalized groups, the pandemic has alerted the world to the inadequacy of measures adopted by countries to fulfil their human rights obligations. The crisis has also revealed the urgency of bringing about transformative change to fight the current sanitary crisis and of ensuring the progressive realization of the human rights to water and sanitation under the 2030 Agenda in a more accountable manner.