Having access to safe drinking and potable water and sanitation is a human right and a central factor to living with dignity. Yet, billions of people around the world do not enjoy this most fundamental of rights.
From the 30th of October to the 10th of November 2017, the United Nations (UN) Special Rapporteur on human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation will undertake an official visit to India with the goal of examining the water and sanitation situation at the national level, identify good practices there, and make recommendations to the Government of India on how they can enhance access to water and sanitation, as well as ensure the protection of human rights related to water and sanitation.
To that end, they have extended an invitation, encouraging civil society, human rights activists, and other interested parties to submit general inputs and specific proposals to them regarding:
- Any issues of concern associated with the human rights regarding access to safe drinking and potable water and sanitation, including, but not limited to:
- Accessibility, affordability, and availability of water and sanitation
- Judicial and non-judicial remedies available in the case of human rights violation to safe drinking, and potable water and sanitation
- Quality of water and sanitation
- Potential areas to visit
- Relevant organisations and individuals for the Special Rapporteur to meet in the course of the visit
If interested, the inputs should be sent by the 1st of August 2017, Tuesday, to srwatsan@@ohchr.org, with the email submission indicated as “Visit to India”.
Source: United Nations, UN-Water