Freshwater Action Network
– grassroots influencing on water and sanitation


UK Government supports right to sanitation inclusion at Rio+20


On 15 June, the UK government, which until now has not recognised the human right to sanitation, announced that they are in a position to support the inclusion of commitments to the right both to safe drinking water and to sanitation as a human right in the Rio+20 outcome document.

Follow updates on Rio+20 negotiations

Hub page for all the lastest news and resources for following the Rio+20 negotiations. 

Youth and children group release water and Rio+20 guide to water

The UN Major Group of Children and Youth and SustainUS have collaborated to produce a Water Guide for Rio+20 providing an indepth overview of the water topics that will be discussed at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development. 

Rights - how can they really make a difference?

Louisa Gosling, WaterAid's Programme Support Advisor


Did you miss the webinar on implementation of the Human Rights to water and Sanitation hosted by the World Bank and the Rural Water Supply Network? Louisa Gosling, WaterAid's Programme Support Advisor, summarises the lively and challenging discussions. 

Commitment to human rights essential for ensuring true sustainable development


Freshwater Action Network welcomed the Special Rapporteur on the Human Right to Safe Drinking Water and Sanitation’s open letter on 24 May 2012 calling on states to recommit to the human right to water and sanitation at Rio+20 in the run up to the third round of ‘informal informal’ negotiations.

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