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17 March 2009

The Independent Expert of the United Nations Human Rights Council on the issue of human rights obligations related to access to safe drinking water and sanitation, Catarina de Albuquerque, will undertake an official visit to Costa Rica from 19 to 27 March 2009 at the invitation of the Government.

During her visit, the Independent Expert will consider the measures adopted by Costa Rica to facilitate access to safe drinking water and sanitation. She will hold meetings with Government officials, civil society organizations and other relevant actors. Apart from the capital San José, Ms. de Albuquerque will visit several locations including Sardinal, “Manuel Antonio” national park and Guácimo.

A press conference on the preliminary findings of the Independent Expert’s visit will be held on Friday, 27 March, at 9 a.m. at the Office of the United Nations Development Programme in San José.

Catarina de Albuquerque, a senior legal adviser at the Office for Documentation and Comparative Law (an independent institution under the Portuguese Prosecutor General’s Office) was appointed Independent Expert by the Human Rights Council in September 2008. For further information on the mandate of the Independent Expert, please consult the web page of the mandate on the website of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights: http://www2.ohchr.org/english/issues/water/iexpert/index.htm

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