UN expert: At time of crisis, we must guarantee water and sanitation for all
The third Special Rapporteur on the human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation, Mr. Pedro Arrojo-Agudo, was appointed in September 2020 and took over the mandate on 1 November.
“I take up my duties in the midst of a double global crisis – climate change and COVID-19. If we want to surmount these crises, we must empower marginalized people and groups, make sure we protect women and girls and of course, protect people who stand up for human rights.”
“To shut the door on the spread of this virus, we must guarantee universal access to water and sanitation services,” said the Special Rapporteur in a press release issue on 2 November.
- Read the full press release here.
- The Special Rapporteur set out his priorities in introductory videos in English, Spanish, French and Portuguese.
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