Welcome to the rights to water and sanitation website

Use this site to find out more about why water and sanitation as human rights is key to achieving universal access to safe water and sanitation. Also, find out about what progress has been made in getting the rights recognised and what impact the implementation of the rights has made so far. Learn about ways in which you can get involved, how to use the rights-based approach in your advocacy work and read the news about all the latest developments.

Use the tabs above to find out more about the rights and what they mean in practice, to find resources on all aspects of the human rights to water and sanitation, and to download the Handbook on the rights, developed by the UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights to Water and Sanitation.

To find out about the colourful three-piece guide for ‘Making Rights Real’ which has been designed specifically for local government officials click here to go directly to the Making Rights Real.


Please note this site currently being re-developed.