Call for input to a report on “Too Dirty, Too Little, Too Much: The Global Water Crisis and Human Rights”


Deadline:
10 November 2020
Issued by:
UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment
Purpose:
To inform the Special Rapporteur's analysis and contribute to his report, which will be presented to the Human Rights Council in March 2021

Background

“There is simply no way to overstate the water crisis of the planet today.”
Maude Barlow, former senior advisor on water to the President of the UN General Assembly

A global agreement now exists that human rights norms apply to a broad spectrum of environmental issues, including water and sanitation.

The Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment, Dr. David Boyd, is working to provide additional clarity regarding the substantive rights and obligations that are essential to the enjoyment of a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment.

 He has submitted reports on clean air, a safe climate, a healthy biosphere, and good practices on the promotion and implementation of the right to a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment. He is now preparing a thematic report focusing on human rights and associated obligations related to water pollution, water scarcity and floods. For that purpose, he is seeking inputs on the topic from States and stakeholders through responses to the brief questionnaire below.

Your replies will inform the Special Rapporteur’s analysis and contribute to his report, which will be presented to the Human Rights Council in March 2021.

Objectives of the report/visit

A thematic report focusing on human rights and associated obligations related to water pollution, water scarcity and floods.

Key questions and types of input sought

  1. Please provide examples of ways in which water pollution, water scarcity and floods are having adverse impacts on human rights. Adversely affected rights could include, among others, the rights to life, health, water and sanitation, food, culture, livelihoods, non-discrimination, a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment, and indigenous peoples’ rights.
  2. How has climate change exacerbated water-related problems?
  3. To protect a wide range of human rights, what are the specific obligations of States and responsibilities of businesses in terms of addressing water pollution, water scarcity and floods? Please provide specific examples of constitutional provisions, legislation, institutions, regulations, standards, policies and programmes that apply a rights-based approach to preventing, reducing, or eliminating water pollution, water scarcity and floods. Please include, inter alia, any instruments that refer directly to the right to a healthy environment and/or the rights to clean water and adequate sanitation.

Download the questionnaire: English | Français | Español.

How and where to submit inputs


E-mail address:
Please send your responses to the questionnaire in Word format by email to srenvironment@ohchr.org.
E-mail subject line:
Input for water report
Postal address (optional):

However, submissions will also be accepted via regular mail at the following address:

UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment
Thematic Engagement,
Special Procedures and Right to Development Division
UNOG-OHCHR CH-1211 Geneva 10,
Switzerland
Fax : +41 22 917 9006

Word limit:
2000 words (5 pages)
File formats:
Word
Accepted languages:
English, Spanish, French

Treatment of inputs received

Unless otherwise requested, all submissions will be made publicly available and posted on the Special Rapporteur’s homepage at the OHCHR website.


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Mr. David R. Boyd
Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment
Palais des Nations, 8-14, Avenue de la Paix. 1211 Geneva 10
Switzerland
+41 22 917 9159
srenvironment@ohchr.org
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