People , Partners , Partners
[SS-PT-08] The availability and quality of freshwater are of vital importance for our health and well-being and have been recognized as crucial for achieving sustainable development. However, inequalities with regard to access to water and sanitation services persist and are a common challenge worldwide, from developing to developed countries. The multiple dimensions of this challenge range from urban-rural disparities to affordability issues and to access by vulnerable groups to compromised services. Inequalities do not only infringe the realization of the human rights to water and sanitation but also impede health, well-being and education and have serious social and economic implications undermining sustainable development.
The Special Session will reflect on the role of international mechanisms, such as the compliance procedure under the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)-World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Europe Protocol on Water and Health, and the human rights special procedures in ensuring effective realization of the human rights to water and sanitation with the involvement of the public and civil society.
The audience will engage in interactive discussions on their perspectives, experiences and challenges with translating the human rights to water and sanitation into practice.