UN General Assembly Votes to Recognize the Human Right to Water and Sanitation
Joint Statement of Maude Barlow, Board Chair, and Wenonah Hauter, Executive Director, Food & Water Watch
Washington, D.C.–“It is an amazing and surprising victory for water justice today with the UN General Assembly passing the resolution recognizing the human right to water and sanitation.
“122 states voted for the resolution. 41 states—including the U.S.—abstained from the resolution. No state voted against it.
“Our network of allies has been fighting for over 10 years towards achieving a legally binding recognition of the human right to water at the UN. While this is a non-binding resolution, it is a crucial first step to providing clean water and sanitation to all.”
For more information, visit http://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/water/world-water/right/.
Contact: Darcey Rakestraw, 202-683-2467; drakestraw (at) fwwatch.org