When the 193-member General Assembly, the U.N.’s highest policy-making body, declared water and sanitation a basic human right back in July 2010, the adoption of that divisive resolution was hailed by many as a “historic” achievement.
But as the international community commemorated the second anniversary of that resolution last week, there was hardly any political rejoicing either inside or outside the United Nations.
“This human right is yet to be fully implemented,” complained a coalition of 15 international non-governmental organizations (NGOs), whose members describe themselves as “water justice activists”.
Demanding concrete action by individual governments, the coalition said, “As members of the global water justice movement, we are deeply concerned to see little progress being made towards the full implementation of this right.”
In a letter sent to member states, the 15 organizations said that as “governments aggressively pursue false solutions to the environmental and economic crises, the situation will only deepen the ...