UN Voting: “Access to clean water is a human right”

UN Voting: “Access to clean water is a human right”
United Nations A/RES/64/292 General Assembly Distr.: General 3 August 2010 Sixty-fourth session Agenda item 48 09-47935 *0947935* PRESS RELEASE


UN GA-10967

Resolution adopted by the General Assembly
[without reference to a Main Committee (A/64/L.63/Rev.1 and Add.1)]
64/292. The human right to water and sanitation
The General Assembly,
Recalling its resolutions 54/175 of 17 December 1999 on the right to
development, 55/196 of 20 December 2000, by which it proclaimed 2003 the
International Year of Freshwater, 58/217 of 23 December 2003, by which it
proclaimed the International Decade for Action, “Water for Life”, 2005–2015,
59/228 of 22 December 2004, 61/192 of 20 December 2006, by which it proclaimed
2008 the International Year of Sanitation, and 64/198 of 21 December 2009
regarding the midterm comprehensive review of the implementation of the
International Decade for Action, “Water for Life”; Agenda 21 of June 1992;1 the
Habitat Agenda of 1996;2 the Mar del Plata Action Plan of 1977 adopted by the
United Nations Water Conference;3 and the Rio Declaration on Environment and
Development of June 1992,4
Recalling also the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,5 the International
Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights,6 the International Covenant on
Civil and Political Rights,6 the International Convention on the Elimination of All
Forms of Racial Discrimination,7 the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of
Discrimination against Women,8 the Convention on the Rights of the Child,9 the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities10 and the Geneva Convention
relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War, of 12 August 1949,11
Recalling further all previous resolutions of the Human Rights Council on
human rights and access to safe drinking water and sanitation, including Council
resolutions 7/22 of 28 March 200812 and 12/8 of 1 October 2009,13 related to the
human right to safe and clean drinking water and sanitation, general comment
No. 15 (2002) of the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, on the
right to water (articles 11 and 12 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social
and Cultural Rights)14 and the report of the United Nations High Commissioner for
Human Rights on the scope and content of the relevant human rights obligations
related to equitable access to safe drinking water and sanitation under international
human rights instruments,15 as well as the report of the independent expert on the
issue of human rights obligations related to access to safe drinking water and
sanitation,16
Deeply concerned that approximately 884 million people lack access to safe
drinking water and that more than 2.6 billion do not have access to basic sanitation,
and alarmed that approximately 1.5 million children under 5 years of age die and
443 million school days are lost each year as a result of water- and sanitation-related
diseases,
Acknowledging the importance of equitable access to safe and clean drinking
water and sanitation as an integral component of the realization of all human rights,
Reaffirming the responsibility of States for the promotion and protection of all
human rights, which are universal, indivisible, interdependent and interrelated, and
must be treated globally, in a fair and equal manner, on the same footing and with
the same emphasis,
Bearing in mind the commitment made by the international community to fully
achieve the Millennium Development Goals, and stressing, in that context, the
resolve of Heads of State and Government, as expressed in the United Nations
Millennium Declaration, 17 to halve, by 2015, the proportion of people who are
unable to reach or afford safe drinking water and, as agreed in the Plan of
Implementation of the World Summit on Sustainable Development (“Johannesburg
Plan of Implementation”), 18 to halve the proportion of people without access to
basic sanitation,
1. Recognizes the right to safe and clean drinking water and sanitation as a
human right that is essential for the full enjoyment of life and all human rights;

2. Calls upon States and international organizations to provide financial
resources, capacity-building and technology transfer, through international
assistance and cooperation, in particular to developing countries, in order to scale up
efforts to provide safe, clean, accessible and affordable drinking water and
sanitation for all;
3. Welcomes the decision by the Human Rights Council to request that the
independent expert on human rights obligations related to access to safe drinking
water and sanitation submit an annual report to the General Assembly,13 and
encourages her to continue working on all aspects of her mandate and, in
consultation with all relevant United Nations agencies, funds and programmes, to
include in her report to the Assembly, at its sixty-sixth session, the principal
challenges related to the realization of the human right to safe and clean drinking
water and sanitation and their impact on the achievement of the Millennium
Development Goals.
108th plenary meeting
28 July 2010

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1 Report of the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development, Rio de Janeiro, 3–14 June
1992, vol. I, Resolutions Adopted by the Conference (United Nations publication, Sales No. E.93.I.8 and
corrigendum), resolution 1, annex II.
2 Report of the United Nations Conference on Human Settlements (Habitat II), Istanbul, 3–14 June 1996
(United Nations publication, Sales No. E.97.IV.6), chap. I, resolution 1, annex II.
3 Report of the United Nations Water Conference, Mar del Plata, 14–25 March 1977 (United Nations
publication, Sales No. E.77.II.A.12), chap. I.
4 Report of the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development, Rio de Janeiro, 3–14 June
1992, vol. I, Resolutions Adopted by the Conference (United Nations publication, Sales No. E.93.I.8 and
corrigendum), resolution 1, annex I.
5 Resolution 217 A (III).
6 See resolution 2200 A (XXI), annex.
7 United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 660, No. 9464.
8 Ibid., vol. 1249, No. 20378.
9 Ibid., vol. 1577, No. 27531.
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10 Resolution 61/106, annex I.
11 United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 75, No. 973.
12 See Official Records of the General Assembly, Sixty-third Session, Supplement No. 53 (A/63/53),
chap. II.
13 See A/HRC/12/50 and Corr.1, part one, chap. I.
14 See Official Records of the Economic and Social Council, 2003, Supplement No. 2 (E/2003/22),
annex IV.
15 A/HRC/6/3.
16 A/HRC/12/24.
17 See resolution 55/2.
18 See Report of the World Summit on Sustainable Development, Johannesburg, South Africa, 26 August–4 September
2002 (United Nations publication, Sales No. E.03.II.A.1 and corrigendum), chap. I, resolution 2, annex.
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1 Comment

  1. Θοδωρής Σταθόπουλος 7 years ago

    Το νερό είναι κοινωνικό ΑΓΑΘΟ ΓΙΑ ΟΛΟΥΣ ΤΟΥΣ ΑΝΘΡΩΠΟΥΣ ΤΟΥ ΚΟΣΜΟΥ και όχι κάτι εμπορεύσιμο στο οποίο θα έχουν πρόσβαση μόνο όσοι ΈΧΟΥΝ ΤΗΝ ΔΥΝΑΤΌΤΗΤΑ(ΥΛΙΚΉ-ΧΡΗΜΑΤΙΚΗ)!

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