Activities



2018

14 – 27 November 2018
Official visit to Malaysia

12 November 2018
Regional expert consultation on impact of mega projects on the human rights to water and sanitation (thematic report to the UN General Assembly in 2019) (Concept Note)

8 November 2018 Rome
Speaker at Conference "Governing a common good: access to drinkable water for all" organized by the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development with the patronage of the Pontifical Urbaniana University (invitation)

6 November 2018 Barcelona, Spain
Lecture on " The human rights to water and sanitation in the world" at Conference " Aigua, ciutadania, Barcelona: Perspectives i prospectives", organized by the City of Barcelona

Asia-Pacific Regional Consultation (12 November 2018)
Call for input. Deadline 26 September 2018

39th session of the Human Rights Council (September 2018)

10 September 2018: Human Rights Council interactive-dialogue (Statement)

11 September 2018 (9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.) Brainstorming roundtable on impact of mega-projects on the human rights to water and sanitation (concept note: EnglishSpanish)

11 September 2018 (3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.) HRC Side-event on "#Youth4Watsan: The role of youth and the human rights to water and sanitation" (invitation)

12 September 2018 (10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.) Brainstorming roundtable on the human rights to water and sanitation in spheres of life beyond the household (concept note)

14 September 2018 (1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.) HRC Side-event on "Realising the Human Rights to Water and Sanitation for Women and Girls: Challenges and Perspectives" (invitation)

14 September 2018 (3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.) HRC Side-event on "Local solutions to global challenges: Role of civic participation in advancing human rights and development" (invitation)

Official visit to Malaysia (14 to 27 November 2018 2018)
Call for input. Deadline extended to 30 September 2018.

24 July 2018
Third party submission to the Administrative Court of Lille in relation to the access to water and sanitation by migrants and refugees in Calais and surrounding areas in the northern coast of France.  

12 July – 12 August, Human Rights Youth Challenge
Human Rights Youth Challenge: Show your understanding of the human rights to water and sanitation organized by the Special Rapporteur. See more information: English | French| Spanish. Deadline: 6 August 2018

9-11 July 2018, High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development
Intervention at High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) on the implementation of SDG 6 – Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all (video of intervention, written intervention)

Key-note speaker at HLPF Side-event "Building resilience by ensuring access to water and sanitation for all: Experiences with human rights-based approaches" (invitation, concept note)

Panel discussant at HLPF Side-event "Water and Faith Communities towards achieving SDG 6" (invitation)

27 June 2018, Paris
Video presentation on the occasion of the 5th Meeting of the Expert Group on Equitable Access to Water and Sanitation, under the UNECE Water Protocol on Water and Health

14-17 May 2018, Geneva
Expert consultation organized by the Special Rapporteur on the human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation of forcibly displaced persons (Concept note)

Expert consultation organized by the Special Rapporteur on the principle of accountability in the context of the human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation (Concept note)

8-10 May 2018, Aveiro, Portugal
International Environment Conference in the Portuguese Language (Conferência Internacional de Ambiente em Língua Portuguesa)

[Country visit] 9-20 April 2018, Mongolia
Official country visit to Mongolia (End of mission statement, Press release)

18 – 23 March 2018, 8th World Water Forum and Alternative World Water Forum
18 March 2018
(9:00-17:00) Alternative World Water Forum. "Fiocruz and civil society organizations: Water and territory"

19 March 2018
(9:00-11:00) Alternative World Water Forum. "International Assembly Water Organizations"
Full-day participation in events at the Alternative World Water Forum
(19:00) Inauguration of the Alternative World Water Forum 

20 March 2018
(9:00-10:30) 8th World Water Forum. Session 2.a.2, "Water as a human right: Implementing sustainable financing and institutional tools and strategies"

(14:30-16:00) 8th World Water Forum. Session 2.b.1, "Realizing the human right to sanitation" (speaker)

(16:30-18:00) 8th World Water Forum. "Have the Americas reached the conditions to guarantee the implementation of the human rights to water and sanitation?"

21 March 2018
(11:00-12:30) 8th World Water Forum. "How regulatory South American and European authorities could promote the Human Rights to water and sanitation?" 

22 March 2018
(9:00-10:30) 8th World Water Forum. "The new development agenda: the regional components for the preparation to implement SDG 6 to achieve the targets linked to this goal" (keynote)

(11:00-12:30) 8th World Water Forum. "International Mechanisms and Procedures to realize the Human Rights to Water and Sanitation"

(14:30-18:00) 8th World Water Forum. "Public or private provision: barriers and challenges to realizing the human rights to water and sanitation" 

23 March 2018
(11:00-12:00) Alternative World Water Forum. "Roda de conversa: Água, Como Direito Humano"

28 – 29 January 2018, Calais and Grande-Synthe, France
visit to Calais and Grande-Synthe, France at the invitation of group of civil society organization

26 January 2018, Lisbon, Portugal
Meeting with Portuguese Parliament and the Government of Portugal in relation to the official visit undertaken in December 2016

24 - 25 January 2018, Porto, Portugal
JMP/GLAAS Strategic Advisory Group (SAG)

23 January 2018, Porto, Portugal
Strategic Consultation organized by WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP), UN-Water Global Analysis and Assessment of Sanitation and Drinking-water (GLAAS) and partner organizations


2017

27 – 29 September 2017, Florianopolis, Brazil
Congresso Brasileiro de Regulação (more info)

18 September 2017, Barcelona
Dialogue with civil society (more info)  

18 September 2017, Barcelona
Foro de la Economía del Agua (programme)

18 September 2017, Barcelona
International Conference on Sustainable Development Goals: Actors and Implementation, Parallel Session 6: SDG6 – Clean Water and Sanitation (programme)

15 September 2017, Perugia
World Water Development Report 2019, Inception Meeting

14 September 2017, Geneva
Side-event on "The Human Rights to Safe Drinking Water and Sanitation", organized by the Permanent Missions of the Holy See, Malta and the Caritas in Veritate Foundation (press release, publication on ‘Water and Human Rights’)

13 September 2017, Geneva 
Brainstorming roundtable on accountability and the human rights to water and sanitation (discussion questions)

12 September 2017, Geneva 
Special Rapporteur’s dialogue with civil society, OHCHR Palais Wilson (invitation)

12 September 2017, Geneva 
Brainstorming roundtable on the human rights to water and sanitation in humanitarian assistance (discussion questions)

11 September 2017, Geneva
Special Rapporteur’s interactive dialogue at the 36th session of the Human Rights Council

27 August 2017
Radio interview with Corporación de Radio y Televisión Española 2017   

27 August 2017, Stockholm, World Water Week

24 – 25 August 2017, Stockholm
27th UN-Water Meeting

July 2017
Open Letter to WHO-UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme for WASH
Response from WHO-UNICEF

[Country visit] 30 October – 10 November 2017, India
Official visit to India – call for input

1 July 2017, Geneva
Expert Seminar on integrating a Gender Perspective into the work of (ESCR) Special Procedures, organized by Geneva Academy

28 June 2017, Geneva
Expert meeting on experiences in applying a human rights-based approach to address mortality and morbidity among newborns and children under-five, organized by OHCHR and WHO (Agenda, Concept note)

24 – 30 June 2017, Geneva
24th session of the Annual Meeting of the Special Procedures Mandate-holders

[Press release]16 June 2017
World community must solve Yemen water crisis to halt spiralling cholera outbreak – UN experts (E F S R C A)

8 June 2017
Video message in the gathering of Social Movements on Water in Detroit, Michigan, organized by MI/Welfare Rights Organization

22-24 May 2017, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Expert consultation organized by the Special Rapporteur on development cooperation in the context of realization of human rights to water and sanitation (Programme)

Expert consultation organized by the Special Rapporteur on service regulation of water and sanitation (Programme)

[Country visit] 2-12 May 2017, Mexico
Official country visit to Mexico (End of mission statement, Press release)

April 2017
Submissions received for HRC report on service regulation of water and sanitation

22 March 2017, World Water Day
Development cooperation is key to realizing rights to safe drinking water and sanitation

March 2017
Video 1 - on the mandate
The Special Rapporteur explains the scope of the mandate on the human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation (audio Portuguese, subtitles English)

Video 2 - on the human right to water
The Special Rapporteur speaks about the human right to water; its path to recognition as a human right, its distinction from the human right to sanitation, and its relationship with the current state of access to safe drinking water worldwide (audio English, subtitles English).

Video 3 - on the human right to sanitation
The  Special Rapporteur speaks about the human right to water; its path to recognition as a human right, its distinction from the human right to water, and its relationship with the current state of access to adequate sanitation services worldwide (audio Spanish, subtitles English).

Video 4 - on the SDGs
The Special Rapporteur comments on the relevance of the human rights to water and sanitation in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Beyond its fundamental relevance to SDG 6, a human rights perspective on improving access to water and sanitation will contribute to achieving many other SDGs (audio Portuguese, subtitles English).

13 - 17 February 2017
Meeting with representatives of World Bank, European Union, UNICEF and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)

9-10 February 2017, Geneva, Switzerland
HRWS Roundtable Indicators Meeting on "Monitoring the Human Rights to Water and Sanitation in the Context of SDG 6" organized by UNICEF in collaboration with WaterLex (Presentation)

8 February 2017, Brussels
Meeting with the European Commission, Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development

20 January 2017, Interview with Australian Broadcasting Corporation
BHP Billiton and Vale failing Samarco dam disaster victims: UN adviser (article, interview)

 


2016

[Press release] 22 December 2016
Nigeria: UN expert calls for budget plans to tackle "unacceptable" water crisis in Lagos (E F S R CA)

14 December 2016, Madrid, Spain
Seminar organized by the Water and Sanitation Cooperation Fund of the Spanish Cooperation Agency for International Development (AECID), ONGD Ongawa, and the Human Rights Office of the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation (Press release)

[Country visit] 5–13 December 2016, Portugal
Joint country visit to Portugal with the UN Special Rapporteur on adequate housing (End of mission statement, Press release)

22 November 2016, Madrid, Spain
Seminar coordinated via the Spanish Cooperation Agency (AECID) and the FPSC Organization: "La participación de las mujeres en el acceso y la gestión del agua: el caso de Palestina".

15 November 2016 – World Toilet Day
Interview with UN-Water on inequalities of access between women and men [Link]

13 October 2016
"Participation: The key to gender equality in the human rights to water and sanitation?" Webinar organized by the Rural Water Supply Network

October 2016, New York, USA
GA Side-event organized by the Special Rapporteur on gender and the rights to water and sanitation (Concept note)

September 2016, Geneva, Switzerland
HRC Side-event organized by the Special Rapporteur on gender and the rights to water and sanitation (Concept note)

2 September 2016, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Reunião Técnica com a Agência Reguladora de Serviços de Abastecimento de Água e de Esgotamento Sanitário do Estado de Minas Gerais, sobre Revisão Tarifária da Copasa (Presentation)

28-29 August 2016 - World Water Week (Stockholm, Sweden)
Panel discussion on specific dimensions of equitable access and tools to address equity issues

13 June 2016, UK
Seminar on "The human right to water and sanitation: Progress in theory and practice", University of Greenwich (Presentation)

3 June 2016, Geneva, Switzerland
Expert consultation organized by the Special Rapporteur on gender and the rights to water and sanitation (Concept note, list of participants)

[Country visit] 11-18 My 2016, El Salvador
Country visit to El Salvador (End of mission statementPress release)

30-31 March 2016, Montevideo, Uruguay
Seminário internacional: Derecho humano al agua en el desarrollo sostenible (Presentation)

11 March 2016, Lima, Peru
IV LatinoSan - Conferencia Latino Americana de Saneamiento.Agua y Saneamiento en América Latina y El Caribe: Transición de los Objetivos de Desarrollo del Milenio a los Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenibles (Presentation)