Svenska kyrkan - Internationellt arbete

The human right to water and sanitation: From moral to legal obligation


Läkaresällskapet, Klara Östra Kyrkogata 10
A seminar by Church of Sweden, Water Aid Sweden, Swedish Society for Nature Conservation, and Swedish Water House In September the UN Human Rights Council adopted a resolution saying that access to drinking water and sanitation is a human right and that it is situated legally under the Right to an adequate standard of living, article 11 of the Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. In March 2011, the Human Rights Council holds a session where the Independent Expert, Catarina de Albuquerque will submit her final report after a 3 year mandate. In view of the upcoming session, we want to discuss and clarify the Swedish position with in the Human Rights Council. We will also discuss how Sweden will implement the right to water and sanitation through its new policy for environment and climate. Welcome! Agenda 8.30 Coffee and registration 9.00 Welcome Karin Lexén, Swedish Water House 9.10 Global success: International acknowledgement of the right to water and sanitation Ashfaq Khalfan, Amnesty International 9.40 How the right helps in the work to improve access to water and sanitation. Nancy Githaigah, WASH United, Kenya 10.10 Coffee 30 min 10.40 Realizing the right to water and sanitation Jan Eliasson, Water Aid Sweden 11.00 Realizing the Swedish Foreign Ministry new policy on Environment and Climate Anna Yazgan (tbc), Ministry of Foreign Affairs 11.30 Joint discussion: Next steps? Sweden´s position next week in Human Rights Council? Moderator Karin Lexén, Swedish Water House 12.00 Conclusions 12.15 Seminar concludes Please register to The seminar is free of charge. Contact person