Realizing the Right to Safe Water and Sanitation
Please join the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission for a hearing on the right to safe water and sanitation. According to the World Health Organization, 884 million people in the world --roughly 1/8 of the global population-- do not have access to safe water. Moreover, 2.6 billion people do not have access to adequate sanitation, and 1.4 million children die every year as a result of water-borne diseases.
This hearing will explore the impact of recent UN resolutions declaring the right to safe drinking water and sanitation a universal human right. We will also examine the role of U.S. foreign policy with respect to water issues and prospects for achieving the Millennium Development Goals; the implementation of the Water for the Poor Law; and global challenges facing vulnerable people around the world regarding access to safe water and sanitation.
If you have any questions, please contact 202-225-8097
Dr. Aaron Salzberg, Special Coordinator for Water Resources, U.S. Department of State
Catarina de Albuquerque, UN Human Rights Council Independent Expert on the Issue of Human Rights Obligations Related to Access to Safe Drinking Water and Sanitation
Rev. William Schulz, President and CEO, Unitarian Universalist Service Committee
Rev. John McCullough, Executive Director and CEO, Church World Service
Dr. Katherine Bliss, Director, Project on Global Water Policy, Center for Strategic and International Studies
John Oldfield, Managing Director, WASH Advocacy Initiative
Rev. William F. Schulz: Realizing the Right to Safe Water and Sanitation [PDF]
Rev. John McCullough: Realizing the Right to Safe Water and Sanitation [PDF]
Dr. Katherine Bliss: Realizing the Right to Safe Water and Sanitation [PDF]
John Oldfield : Realizing the Right to Safe Water and Sanitation [PDF]
Catarina de Albuquerque: Realizing the Right to Safe Water and Sanitation [PDF]