Human right, drinking water, sanitation, UN, EU, rights-based approach, EU institutional endorsement
￼￼￼￼Following the recognition of the human right to drinking water and sanitation by the United Nations (UN) General Assembly and Human Rights Council in 2010, one can wonder to what extent the normative content of the right to water is efficiently implemented in the European Union in accordance with the obligation of result laid down under Arts 11 and 12 of the International Covenant on Economic Social and Cultural Rights. Adopting a rights based approach, this article considers the realisation of the quality, accessibility and affordability contents of the right to water in EU legislation and its compliance with Member States’ obligations under international and European human rights instruments, before examining the institutional endorsement of the right in the EU legal order.
(2012) 16 New Zealand Journal of Environmental Law 1.
Road to 2015: The European Union and the Realisation of the Human Right to Water
UNEP and UN-HABITAT
Safe water and sanitation; UNEP; UN-HABITAT; UNSGAB; wastewater management; sustainable development; human and ecological health
With global action and positive momentum towards improving access to safe water and sanitation, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), and the UN Secretary Generals Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation (UNSGAB), in partnership with the members of UN Water have collaborated to bring together their collective experience and expertise to bear on the challenges posed by illegal and unregulated wastewater. Sick water? The Central Role of Wastewater Management in Sustainable Development not only identifies the threats to human and ecological health and the consequences of inaction, but also presents opportunities, where appropriate policy and management responses over the short and longer term can trigger employment, support livelihoods, boost public and ecosystem health and contribute to more intelligent water management.
UNEP and UN-HABITAT, Sick water? The central role of wastewater management in sustainable development (UNEP/ UN-HABITAT, 2010)
Sick water? The central role of wastewater management in sustainable development