45th Session of the Human Rights Council - Online side-event - Ten years after the proclamation of the right to water: challenges and perspectives in times of crisis

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1h00-2h45 pm
(Central European Time – CET)

The year 2020 marks the 10th anniversary of the proclamation of the right to water as a fundamental human right by the United Nations General Assembly. Despite important developments such as its inclusion in national constitutions and legislations or its definition by international mechanisms and bodies, there are still many challenges for its realization at the universal level. These challenges have been highlighted and amplified by COVID-19. The year 2020 is a pivotal year in more than one way: it does not only mark the 10th anniversary of the proclamation of the right to water, but it is also 10 years away from the deadline for the achievement of the  Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Thus, with the current COVID-19 pandemic, the issues at stake and challenges related to the realization of the right to water are particularly highlighted.

The objective of the online event “Ten years after the proclamation of the right to water: challenges and perspectives in times of crisis” is to take stock of the right to water 10 years after its universal recognition. It will highlight the role of the right to water in times of crisis, especially in the context of current humanitarian and health crisis. In this context, the Geneva List of Principles on the Protection of Water Infrastructure developed by the Platform for International Water Law of the Geneva Water Hub and its partners will also be presented.

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Introductory remarks

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Catarina DE ALBUQUERQUE

Chief Executive Officer
Sanitation and Water for All

 

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François MÜNGER

General Director
Geneva Water Hub
 

 

Moderator

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H.E. Ambassador Kadra AHMED HASSAN

Ambassador, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Djibouti
to the United Nations Office and other international organizations, Geneva

 

Panelists

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Makane Moïse MBENGUE

Professor and Director of the Department of Public International Law and International Organization
Faculty of Law, University of Geneve

 

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Yves LADOR

Permanent Representative
of Earthjustice to the United Nations, Geneva

 

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H.E. Ambassador Yackoley Kokou JOHNSON

Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Togo to the United Nations Office,
and other international organizations in Geneva
Vice-President and Rapporteur of the Human Rights Council

 

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Maricela MUÑOZ ZUMBADO

Minister Counsellor
Permanent Mission of Costa Rica to the United Nations Office in Geneva

 

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Mara TIGNINO

Reader, Faculty of Law and Institute of Environmental Sciences, University of Geneva
and Lead Legal Specialist, Platform for International Water Law, Geneva Water Hub

 

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Franck BOUVET

Deputy Coordinator
Global WASH Cluster

 

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Jean BOSCO BAZIE

General Director
Eau Vive Internationale

 

The final programme is available below.