Book "On the Right Track" Available in English, French and Spanish (PDF)
|Catarina de Albuquerque and Prince of Orange (of the Netherlands and Chair of UNSGAB) with her book On the Right Track, Marseilles, 14 March 2012 |
The Special Rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation, Ms. Catarina de Albuquerque, was mandated by the Human Rights Council Resolution 7/22 in 2008 to:
- Further clarify the content of human rights obligations related to access to safe drinking water and sanitation;
- Make recommendations that could help the realization of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG), and particularly of the Goal 7;
- Prepare a compendium of good practices related to access to safe drinking water and sanitation.
While the work of human rights bodies has often focused on the violations of human rights, the Independent Expert welcomed the opportunity to identify good practices that address the question of how human rights obligations related to sanitation and water are being implemented.
Methodology of the Good Practices consultation process
In a first step, the Special Rapporteur undertook to determine criteria for identifying ‘good practices’. As ‘good’ is a subjective notion, it seemed critical to first elaborate criteria against which to judge a practice from a human rights perspective, and then apply the same criteria to all practices under consideration. Such criteria for the identification of good practices were discussed with various stakeholders at a workshop convened by the Independent Expert in Lisbon in October 2009. The outcome was the definition of 10 criteria, 5 of which are normative criteria (availability, accessibility, quality/safety, affordability, acceptability), and 5 are cross-cutting ones (non-discrimination, participation, accountability, impact, sustainability).
A progress report on the compilation of good practices was published on 1 July 2010 and is available in all UN languages: E F S A C R
In order to prepare consultations to identify potential good practices, a questionnaire was elaborated. Based on the answers to the questionnaire, and the stakeholder consultations, the Special Rapporteur presented her compendium of good practices to the Human Rights Council on 15th September 2011.
The compendium is available in all UN languages: E F S A C R
In March 2012 she presented a more detailed book of good practices in realising the rights to water and sanitation, On the Right Track, which discusses the practices in greater detail, and debates some of the more difficult issues.
Book on good practices in realising the rights to water and sanitation: E F S
Presentations from stakeholder consultations
Responses to the Good Practices Questionnaire
The Special Rapporteur received over 150 responses to her questionnaire, from a range of different stakeholders.
> Stakeholders' responses to the questionnaire