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23.12.2011 - Natural Sciences Sector

Natural Sciences Sector Topic: The Right to Water

© Dale Lighfoot/Oklahoma State University Young Iraqi girl filling a can with water piped from a karez opening

In 2001, and taking part in the international efforts to address the major human and environmental crises facing our world, UNESCO stated that ‘non-discriminatory access to water and sanitation is regarded […] as a pre-requisite for the realisation of several other human rights, such as the rights to life, dignity, health, food, and an adequate standard of living and education.’ (1) The organization has played a pioneering role in the intellectual discussions that preceded the international recognition of the human right to clean drinking water and sanitation; and contributed to exploring the legal and technical framework leading its adoption.

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