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Tuesday, 04 March 2014 09:35

“Handbook on Realizing the Right to Water and Sanitation,” which is currently being finalized by the UN Special Rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation, Ms. Catarina de Albuquerque, commenced on 29 January.

The Special Rapporteur is pursuing a collaborative approach to the development of this Handbook, firstly in the identification of key barriers, challenges and opportunities that stakeholders encounter in realizing the rights to water and sanitation, and then further in the testing and verification of the checklists and recommendations to be featured in the Handbook. This collaborative approach will also ensure that the Handbook is relevant and helpful to practitioners working in the field and beyond the mandate of the current Special Rapporteur.    

Through the e-Discussion and the interaction with UN practitioners from different agencies and country teams, scholars, representatives of governments, national human rights institutions, and civil society organizations, WASH sector professionals as well as independent experts, participants can ensure that a broad diversity of contexts, experiences, good practices, lessons learned and perspectives support the sections of the Handbook that focus on ensuring non-discrimination and equality in access to water and sanitation services, especially to those groups that are excluded for a range of reasons.    

The e-Discussion will run for 6 weeks in 3 phases.

Phase 1 (29 January to 10 February) will focus on general experiences including some of the main challenges and lessons learned in service delivery in realizing the rights to water and sanitation.

Phase 2 (10 – 24 February) will discuss how principles of non-discrimination and equality can be incorporated into legislative, policy and regulatory frameworks and financing.

Phase 3 (24 February  –  10 March) will focus on whether accountability and monitoring systems have improved access to water and sanitation for marginalized groups or individuals and what are effective awareness raising and advocacy strategies. Kindly note that we are still welcoming contributions to Phase 1.    

Contributions to the e-Discussion will be disseminated on the UN Human Rights Policy network - HuriTALK and other participating knowledge networks. If you wish to subscribe to participate in the discussion kindly send an email to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

It will also be possible to contribute to the discussion on the online UN platform ‘Teamworks’ where you can post comments and access relevant resources related to the e-Discussion.    

Kindly go to https://www.unteamworks.org/HandbookWatSan  to participate in the discussion online. Alternatively, you may also contribute to the e-Discussion by replying to this email and we would be happy to post your response on your behalf.    

Please do not hesitate to contact Sarah Rattray ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) or Laurence Klein ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) if you have any questions about the above.    

Thank you in advance for your collaboration.   

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