Right to water website

Rights to Water and Sanitation Educational Website
Investment in ensuring an integrated approach of providing water, sanitation and hygiene is the single most cost-effective public health intervention, saving and bettering millions of lives and enhancing economic growth. Yet water and sanitation remain far too far low on the political agenda and remain abysmally under funded.

Rights and Humanity continues its partnerships with Water Aid, Freshwater Action Network, WASH United and End Water Poverty to host a “The Rights to Water and Sanitation Website" www.righttowater.info. The website was set up in 2003 by WaterAid, Rights and Humanity, the Centre for Housing Rights and Evictions (COHRE) and Freshwater Action Network. It provided an information portal on how the rights to water could be interpreted from a human rights perspective seven years before the right to safe and clean drinking water and sanitation was explicitly affirmed as a human right in international law. In the light of the significant developments in the field of the right to water and sanitation made since the site was created, the site was redesigned and restructured in 2010. Rights and Humanity contributed the section on the “rights based approach to water” and legal research for this website as well as supplying case studies. Sometime after this WASH United and End Water Poverty (EWP) joined as partners on the site.

The site was substantially revised in 2013. This coincided with the development of a Handbook by the Special Rapporteur on the human rights to water and sanitation which is currently hosted on the site.The new website is a key portal of information for the rights to water and sanitation and for global best practice in the implementation of these rights. As COHRE closed in 2011, it is no longer listed as a partner.

The educational website, www.righttowater.info, explains the right to water and how this right can be used by governments, water companies, NGOs and communities to secure access to water for all.

The site is updated on an ongoing basis.

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