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Sustainability and Non-retrogression in the right to water- Submission for Special Rapporteur on the Human Right to Drinking Water and Sanitation

Rightingfinance contributed a submission to the Special Rapporteur on the Right to Drinking Water and Sanitation’s 2013 Annual Report. This report will address, as announced by the Special Rapporteur, “sustainability and non-retrogression in the realization of the human rights to water and sanitation.”

“Respect for human rights, human dignity, the environment and livelihoods of peoples are all dependent to a great measure on the rights to water and sanitation,” said the submitting organizations in their introduction.

The submission covers:

— general remarks on the scope of treaty obligations on economic, social and cultural rights,

–reflections on austerity measures (with a special focus on budget cuts and private participation in service provision)

–the extent of responsibility for crisis response measures and

–the financialization of private sector participation.

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