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Monitoring Water Governance:
the role of National Human Rights Institutions
 Changes since 2000::
Recognition of the human right to water and
Constitutional recognition of right to a healthy
Expansion of democracy & the rule of law
 Changes since 2000:
Global Freshwater crisis documented and described
 Joint letter of HRC mandate holders to Rio+ 20:
 Urgency of environmental issues
 ‘Constitutional Moment’ required
 Monitoring and review mechanisms needed
 National accountability mechanisms needed
HRBA to monitoring is game changer:
* redefinition of access: 4.1 billion without
sanitation, 1.6 billion without safe water
* sanitation and water evaluated in terms of
impact on health:
* sanitation includes safe disposal of faeces,
urine and wastewater;
* includes monitoring of wastewater streams and
HRBA to monitoring is game changer:
* ensures shift in priorities requiring focus on
marginalised groups: women, low income
groups, rural areas, informal settlements
* requires monitoring of impact on poorest groups
which MDG’s failed to do
National Human Rights Institution Initiative
for good water governance
enhancing the role of NHRIs in relation to the
human right to water
* support NHRIs in monitoring water governance
* open call for collaboration
* all interested NHRIs:
1. NHRIs already active with regards to the right to water who are already able to share valuable
2. NHRIs currently having a more limited role in investigating, promoting and protecting the human
right to water but wishing to enhance their capacity to this end
* who wish to strengthen their role in monitoring water
governance through the advancement, promotion and
protection of the human right to water
* who wish to contribute to an enhanced human rights
based water governance
Goals of the NHRI water initiative
Capacity building
Community building
Goals of the NHRI water initiative
Capacity building
Community building
 Undertaking tailor made trainings on
the ground and providing technical
 Delivering publications and practical
guides to respond to specific needs of
 Developing other tools and methods
to support NHRIs in need.
 Build a community of practice through
the creation of a network;
 Systematize of information, tools,
resources and good practices of
 Support NHRIs in monitoring water
governance by facilitating exchange
and sharing existing monitoring and
other best practices.
Expected key results
* NHRIs have an increased capacity of monitoring water governance through capacity
building and sharing of best practices/experiences among peers
* NHRIs have a strengthened role in monitoring a human rights based post 2015 agenda
* Improvement of the existing redress/complaint mechanism of NHRIs to respond more
efficiently to demands to address alleged infringements of rights
* Point of reference for NHRIs is provided: ensuring access to information, best practices of
NHRIs in relation to the right to water
* The human right to water is promoted contributing to the overall aim of protecting
human rights and a human rights based water governance
Activities envisaged for 2014
Activity component
Year 2014-2015
Launch of the initiative:
Kick off by a meeting organized at the annual
gathering of NHRIs (ICC27)
Publications, practical
Compilation of good practices
Capacity building
Design of training material and delivery of
trainings on the ground
Project partners
 Leading role to NHRIs
 Hungarian Ombudsman for Future
 WaterLex
NHRIs expressing support/interest
and hopefully many more!
Thank You!
Dr Tobias Schmitz
Director of operations
[email protected]
For further information contact: Viktoria Mohos Naray
[email protected]

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