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“All human beings are born free and equal

in dignity and rights.”

- Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Realizing the Right to Safe Water and Sanitation

Thursday, March 3, 2011 - 10:00am
2118 Rayburn House Office Building


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

Hosted by:

James P. McGovern, M.C.
Co-Chairman, TLHRC
Frank R. Wolf, M.C.
Co-Chairman, TLHRC


Panel I

  • Dr. Aaron Salzberg, Special Coordinator for Water Resources, U.S. Department of State

Panel II

  • 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
    Written testimony

Panel III

  • Rev. William Schulz, President and CEO, Unitarian Universalist Service Committee
    Written testimony
  • Rev. John McCullough, Executive Director and CEO, Church World Service
    Written testimony
  • Dr. Katherine Bliss, Director, Project on Global Water Policy, Center for Strategic and International Studies
    Written testimony
  • John Oldfield, Managing Director, WASH Advocacy Initiative
    Written testimony


112th Congress