VIVAT International, together with the NGO Mining Working Group and the Blue Planet Project celebrate the pledge made by Member States to “A world where we reaffirm our commitments regarding the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation”.
On Sunday, August 2, United Nations Member States unanimously agreed on the final text. It will be formally adopted by Heads of State at the UN Summit to adopt the Post 2015 Development Agenda in late September. The Post 2015 Development Agenda, which includes a set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals, will guide official international development policy for the next 15 years.
The explicit naming of the human right to water and sanitation is critical to framing and interpreting Goal 6 on water and sanitation. Moreover, it is a vital step towards empowering peoples who have been denied their rightful access to essential services and freshwater supplies while providing a tool to challenge corporations that continue to abuse the planet’s dwindling water resources.
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