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Realizing the human rights to water and sanitation: A Handbook

Realizing the human rights to water and sanitation: A Handbook
  • UN Special Rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation. September 2014
  • This handbook aims to clarify the meaning of the human rights to water and sanitation; explain the obligations that arise from these rights; provide guidance on implementing the human rights to water and sanitation; share some examples of good practice and show how these rights are being implemented; explore how States can be held to account for delivering on their obligations; provide its users with checklists, so they can assess how far they are complying with the human rights to water and sanitation. The target audiences for this Handbook are governments at all levels, donors and national regulatory bodies. It provides information that will also be useful to other local, regional and international stakeholders, including civil society, service providers and human rights organisations. The Handbook is organised into booklets relating to five main areas relevant to States working towards realisation of the human rights to water and sanitation. These areas are: (1) Legislative, policy and regulatory frameworks; (2) Financing and budgeting; (3) Services; (4) Monitoring; (5) Access to justice. One further booklet (Principles) highlights State obligations relating to specific human rights principles: participation, non-discrimination and equality, access to information and sustainability.
  • Geographical coverage: Africa, Europe, Global, Latin America and the Caribbean, Northern America
  • Main themes: Drinking water, Equity, Financing, Human rights, Hygiene, Monitoring, Participation, Private sector participation (PSP), Sanitation, Sustainable development, Water availability, Water planning, Water quality, Water supply
  • Main target audience: Civil society, Decision makers, Governments, International organizations, Local governments, Policy makers, Service providers, Stakeholders
  • Main purpose: Awareness raising, Guidance
  • Type of resource: Case studies, Guidebook
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Published in 2015