Book on Good Practices
The former 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 realize the Millennium Development Goals (MDG);
- 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, she welcomed the opportunity to identify good practices that address the question of how human rights obligations related to sanitation and water are being implemented.
About the consultation process
First, the Special Rapporteur undertook to determine criteria for identifying ‘good practices’. The criteria were discussed with various stakeholders at a workshop 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 shared. 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
Central African Republic
Occupied Palestinian Territories
Consultation with International Organizations (Lisbon, 18-19 May 2010)
Consultation with Bilateral Development Agencies (Lisbon, 20-21 May 2010)
Consultation with Civil Society Organizations (Geneva, 13-14 September 2010)
Consultation with Service Providers (Lisbon, 2-3 November 2010)
Consultation with Private Sector Representatives (Lisbon, 4-5 November 2010)
Consultation with State Actors
Consultation with Regulators and National Human Rights Institutions