Dienstag, Juni 10, 2014 - 19:51
We have campaigned successfully together to get the human right to water and sanitation implemented in European law. Now we ask you again to act with us to ensure that the human right to water and sanitation is included in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)!
The zero draft document which was released last week does not contain any reference to the human right to water and sanitation. We are happy to see that there is a separate goal for water and sanitation. This was one of our suggestions in the ECI “right2water”. But a “voluntary” goal is not enough to ensure achievement of “water and sanitation for all”. Including the human right to water and sanitation makes a difference.
We think the goal “water and sanitation for all by 2030” can only be achieved by a binding commitment. We have seen the result of the (also voluntary) MDGs that claimed a success for water but was a complete failure for the sanitation goal. Moreover there is a clear difference between a Goal and a Human Right. If it is only a Goal, then governments can endlessly say: “We tried”, “we did our best”, but there is always an excuse if the goal is not achieved. A Human Right puts an obligation to governments, and these governments can be held accountable by people for fulfilling their obligation. A Human Right is empowering people to stand up for their Rights. A Goal does not empower people.
The SDG process will determine the official international development agenda for the next 15 years. Given that the MDG process failed drastically in the area of sanitation and given that MDG targets on drinking water failed to prioritize the needs of the most vulnerable and marginalized communities, it is vital that the same mistakes are not repeated within the SDG process. The human right to water and sanitation obliges governments to prioritize the most vulnerable and to use all means available to realize this right for all. Furthermore, we feel that the HRTWS will be an important tool in our struggle to prevent the SDG agenda from being co-opted to promote greater corporate access to water resources and services.
Die Vereinigten Staaten sind das einzige Land, das eine UN-Resolution über das Recht auf sauberes Trinkwasser und Sanitärversorgung verhindern.
E-Diskussion über das Handbuch für die Verwirklichung des Rechts auf Zugang zu sauberem Wasser und sanitärer Grundversorgung. Die E-Diskussion wurde vom 29. Januar bis 10. März 2014 von der UN-Menschenrechtspolitik Netzwerk organisiert und mit HuriTALK vom Entwicklungsprogramm der Vereinten Nationen (UNDP) gehostet. Mehr erfahren!