Information
  • Lead-organizer: Spain
  • 11:00 - 12:30
  • Date: 20 Jun 2012
  • Room: T-9

Water and Sanitation: Rights for Sustainable Development

Organizing partners

Government of Spain/ Inter-America Development Bank (IDB)

Introduction

Adequate water supply is essential to reduce the risk of disease and to ensure the right to food, health and housing. Water is a key factor in many activities, and access to water and sanitation improves school attendance, productivity and reduces health risks for women. Sustainable management of water resources is an essential component of the fight against poverty, and the right to safe and clean drinking water and sanitation as a human right is essential for the full enjoyment of all human rights.



Spain has played a leading role in the international recognition of the human right to water and sanitation. The objective of the side event is to contribute to the Río+20 process by promoting debate and exchange of ideas among different stakeholders, and partners on the challenge of implementing the human right to water and sanitation and including it in post 2015 development agenda.

Detailed programme

Guaranteeing universal access to water and sanitation and sustainable management of water resources is an essential component of the fight against poverty and a priority for the Spanish Cooperation. In this context, Spain has played a leading role in the promotion of the international recognition of the human right to water and sanitation and has created the Cooperation Fund for Water and Sanitation (FCAS) in Latin America. The Fund supports water and sanitation programs and projects in partner countries of Latin America, giving priority to the poorest and most vulnerable populations in the region. This fund, which began operations in 2008, has already disbursed more than ?800 million.

As it is stated in paragraph 69 of the Draft Declaration of Rio +20, the exchange of experiences on water resources management should be encouraged. This event aims to contribute to this outcome by presenting and discussing the experience of the Spanish Cooperation in this regard.

In this sense, the objectives of the side event are

? To reaffirm the commitment to the 2005-2015 International Decade for Action ?Water for Life?.
? To encourage the exchange of positive experiences and cooperation initiatives for water resource management
? To promote debate and exchange of ideas among different stakeholders, partners and beneficiaries of the Spanish Cooperation on the challenge of implementing the human right to water and sanitation
? To raise awareness of the critical importance of water resources and the human right to water and sanitation for sustainable development. The normative content of the right to water and sanitation must be an essential element of the post-2015 international development agenda. Only ambitious Sustainable Development Goals will make a difference.


To do so, the following panellists will attend the event:

? The Secretary of State for International Cooperation and for Latin America from the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation.
? A senior representative of the Inter-American Development Bank, a strategic partner of the Spanish Cooperation for the implementation of the Fund.
? A senior representative of a partner country where the Spanish Cooperation Fund for Water and Sanitation is supporting a program of development (Proposal: Haiti).
? A representative of civil society with field experience on human right to water and sanitation.
? The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation
? A senior representative of OMS in charge of JMP


Given the critical importance of water to achieve the Millennium Development Goals as well as for post-2015 development agenda, lessons learned and successful experiences carried out in the sector should contribute to build a new model for the management of water resources.

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