Affordability of water and sanitation services: report

Published
5 August 2015
Issued by
The Special Rapporteur on the human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation
Presented
At the 30th session of the HRC
Link

A/HRC/30/39

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Background

Pursuant to Human Rights Council Resolution 27/7 of 2014, the Special Rapporteur on the human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation, Mr. Léo Heller, was mandated to work on identifying challenges and obstacles to the full realization of the rights, as well as protection gaps, good practices and enabling factors.

On 16 June 2015, the Special Rapporteur held an expert consultation with experts on affordability, human rights and water and sanitation from various fields.

Summary

Access to affordable water and sanitation services is crucial for the realization of the human rights to water and sanitation. Yet, the issue of affordability does not always get the attention it deserves. This report seeks to address this gap and to define affordability from the perspective of human rights.

It discusses the importance of setting concrete standards to determine affordability, including for those populations that do not receive formal services. It puts affordability in the broader context of ensuring environmental and economic sustainability, and discusses the impact of disconnections as a result of inability to pay.

The report also looks at who benefits from public financing in current practice, and then considers a variety of different mechanisms to ensure affordability of services for all through public financing and devising appropriate tariff schemes, including their advantages and challenges.

Finally, the report discusses the importance of regulating and monitoring affordability before providing conclusions and recommendations.


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Mr. Pedro Arrojo-Agudo, Special Rapporteur on Water and Sanitation

OHCHR-UNOG
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1211 Geneve 10, Switzerland

 

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