Freshwater Action Network
– grassroots influencing on water and sanitation

Towards a new water law - Mexico

Mexico. Freshwater Action Network Mexico, Greenpeace and the Coalition of mexican organizations for the Right to Water [COMDA]  held a forum at the Senate on the human right to water and sanitation in indigenous communities.

The citizen´s initiative "Water for everyone, Water for life"  is looking to introduce a new water law in Mexico.  One of the goals of the citizen´s initiative is to ensure that indigenous communities can exercise their human right to water and sanitation.

 

For this reason, FANMex organized the forum with the support of the Human Rights Committee of the Senate and the Secretary of the Commission of Indigenous Affairs.

 

Officially in Mexico, 11 million people doesn´t have access to safe drinking water. With regard to sanitation, 37% of mexicans do not have access to it. 

 

Nathalie Seguin, general coordinator of FANMex explained that the constitutional recognition of the human right to water and sanitation is a good opportunity  for Mexico to review the legislation and integrate the criteria of quality, availability, cultural and physical acceptability and affordability of the human right to water and sanitation.

 

In the forum, were presented the recommendations of civil society for the full realization  of this right. Full text (in spanish)