Coordinating the UN's work on water and sanitation

Special Rapporteur calls for inputs on human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation

Having access to safe drinking water and sanitation is central to living a life in dignity and upholding human rights. Yet billions of people still do not enjoy these fundamental rights.

The Special Rapporteur on human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation undertakes country missions with the aim of examining the situation of water and sanitation at the national level, identifying good practices, and making recommendations to the Government on steps to improve access and ensure protection of human rights associated with water and sanitation.

From 30 October to 10 November 2017, the Special Rapporteur on human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation will undertake an official visit to India.

Civil society, human rights activists and other interested parties are encouraged to submit general inputs and specific proposals with regard to:

  • issues of concern related to the human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation, including but not limited to:
    • availability of water and sanitation (e.g., quantity of water available for each person);
    • accessibility water and sanitation (e.g., facilities should be within safe physical reach, facilities should be accessible to everyone, access to services in rural area vs. urban area, piped water, sewerage network);
    • quality water and sanitation (e.g., drinking water should be safe, free from micro-organism, chemical substance, and radiological hazards, how quality is monitored); and
    • affordability of water and sanitation (e.g., water tariffs, social tariffs for services, disconnections of services for inability to pay).
    • information on water and sanitation (e.g., information regarding quality of water).
    • judicial and non-judicial remedies available in case of violation of human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation
  • potential areas to visit (States, towns or communities etc)
  • relevant organisations and individuals to meet in the context of the Special Rapporteur’s visit to India.

 

Please send your inputs by 1 August 2017 to srwatsan@ohchr.org. Please indicate “Visit to India” in the email submission.