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Valuing water for people: The rights to water and sanitation| FAFS

Marking World Water Day 2021, FAFS hosted Raya Marina Stephan, Water Law expert, consultant, and Deputy Editor in Chief Water International, who spoke about the value of water from a human perspective.

Water is life and has unique and immeasurable value to human survival. This reality is exacerbated by the COVID 19 pandemic. In 2010, the international community recognized water's value by affirming the right to safe, clean drinking water and sanitation as a “human right that is essential for the full enjoyment of life and all human rights" (UN General Assembly 64/292). In 2015, UN General Assembly (70/1) Agenda 2030  gave special recognition to water by dedicating a specific goal, recognizing water as an essential element for the realization of various goals. 

The 2030 Agenda creates a strong link with the human rights. Ms. Stephan's talk provided an overview of these international developments and frameworks (Human rights, Sustainable Development Goals and even Climate Change) and described the tools for their achievement and domestication at the national level in the form of recognized rights by law, and/or Constitution.

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