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Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes


Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes
 

Protocol on Water and Health

WORKSHOP ON EQUITABLE ACCESS TO WATER AND SANITATION Challenges, good practices and lessons learned

4-5 July 2011, Geneva, Switzerland

The Workshop on Equitable Access to Water and Sanitation - Challenges, good practices and lessons learned - will be held on 4 and 5 July 2011 in Geneva. The workshop will be organized under the leadership of the Government of France, with the support of the UNECE secretariat of the Protocol on Water and Health, and in cooperation with the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation.

The workshop will bring together countries and other stakeholders engaged in the provision of water and sanitation services, with the aim to:

    • Analyse the specific challenges and debate the political, economic and practical implications of equitable access to water and sanitation;
    • Exchange practical experience and share lessons learned on the policies and measures to be enacted to provide access to water and sanitation to vulnerable and marginalized groups, to reduce geographical disparities in access and to address affordability issues;
    • Identify good practices, success factors and lessons learned;
    • Support Governments in complying with the requirements of article 5 of the Protocol on Water and Health as regards promoting equitable access to water and sanitation, as well as their obligations under international human rights law.

The workshop is addressed to all those who are responsible for or involved in the process of developing policies, programmes and measures for ensuring access to water and sanitation: first and foremost governmental representatives, but also water and health managers, local authorities and representatives of academia, research institutes, non-governmental organizations and the private sector.

The workshop will discuss the draft document on “Good practices to ensure equitable access to water and sanitation” that has been prepared by a drafting group of experts under the leadership of France. The document aims to provide policymakers and other actoes, at national and local level, with guidance on how to fulfil their commitments to ensure equitable access to water and sanitation. The intention is that, by providing examples of how different countries have attempted to reduce inequities in access to water and sanitation services, policymakers will find inspiration to try similar or innovative measures.

The workshop is the second one organized on this theme in the framework of the Protocol on Water and Health. It will build on the results of the 2007 workshop and illustrate recent developments in this area. Information on the first workshop, “Equitable access to water” (Paris, 5–6 July 2007) can be found at www.unece.org/env/water/meetings/equitable_access/Equitable_access_main.htm.

 

Information notice

 

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Registration form

 

   

Provisional agenda

 
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Background documents

 

Background paper "No one left behind. Good practices to ensure equitable access to water and sanitation in the pan-European region" (Draft version)

   

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