The Right to Water and Sanitation in Development Cooperation : The State of Play and the European Union

13-11-2012

This briefing paper examines international development cooperation from the perspective of the right to water and sanitation. It focuses on the role of the European Union (EU) and asks where and how human rights approaches could be better integrated in its policy and practice. Section 1 examines progress on realising the right to water and sanitation. Section 2 analyses the degree of consensus on right to water and sanitation in international law and the extent to which it is reflected in development policy and practice. Section 3 discusses different areas where human rights-based approaches could be integrated into the EU’s external policies on water and sanitation and makes seven recommendations.

This briefing paper examines international development cooperation from the perspective of the right to water and sanitation. It focuses on the role of the European Union (EU) and asks where and how human rights approaches could be better integrated in its policy and practice. Section 1 examines progress on realising the right to water and sanitation. Section 2 analyses the degree of consensus on right to water and sanitation in international law and the extent to which it is reflected in development policy and practice. Section 3 discusses different areas where human rights-based approaches could be integrated into the EU’s external policies on water and sanitation and makes seven recommendations.

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Malcolm LANGFORD (Norwegian Centre on Human Rights, Norway)