Sustainability and non-retrogression in the realisation of the rights to water and sanitation

Call for contributions to upcoming report

Pursuant to Human Rights Council Resolution 16/2 of 2011 and 21/2 of 2012, the Special Rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation, Ms. Catarina de Albuquerque, 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. She was also asked to monitor the way in which the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation is being realized throughout the world.

In 2013, the Special Rapporteur will prepare a report on the issues of sustainability and non-retrogression in the realization of the human rights to water and sanitation. The report will be presented to the Human Rights Council in September 2013.

The Special Rapporteur invites States, intergovernmental organizations, national and international non-governmental organizations, national human rights institutions, United Nations agencies and entities, academia and all other interested stakeholders to contribute their views and perspectives in writing For this purpose, a Questionnaire on sustainability and non-retrogression is available in English, Spanish and French to facilitate your inputs. (E F S)

Please send your submission no later than 28 February, electronically to with a copy to (encouraged) or by mail to:

Special Rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation
Sustainable Human Development Section
Special Procedures Branch
Palais des Nations
CH-1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland
Fax: +41 22 917 90 06

Public consultation, 14 March 2013- 2 to 5 pm

In order to benefit from diverse views and perspectives, the Special Rapporteur will also organize a public consultation on this issue. The consultation will take place in Geneva on 14 March 2013, Palais des Nations - Room XXIII, from 2-5 pm. This is an opportunity for States and other stakeholders to contribute their views. Stakeholders who are unable to participate in the consultation are encouraged to submit their views in writing.

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