Welcome to the online consultation

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The UN Special Rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation, Catarina de Albuquerque, is developing a Handbook to provide practical guidance to States and other stakeholders on how the rights to water and sanitation can be incorporated into law, policy, budgets, and service provision. Please click here to access the online consultation of the draft Handbook.

For more information, see our interview with the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to safe drinking water and sanitation.

Q&A: How can you contribute to the Handbook through this online consultation?

What: This online consultation has been designed to share the first draft of the Handbook for realising the rights to water and sanitation, and to gather comments, ideas and experience to illustrate and explain how the rights can be realised.

Who: The UN Special Rapporteur would like to hear from all potential users of the Handbook, from those who have experience in working to realise the rights to water and sanitation, as well as from those who would like to understand more about the rights.

How: Different sections of the Handbook will be posted onto this website on a fortnightly basis, each section addressing a different aspect of the rights to water and sanitation. You are invited to read the section (available as pdf) and provide comments in the comments section below. You can also respond to others’ comments. We have prepared a brief set of questions to guide you. Please see the planned timetable for uploading the different sections below. You can also write direct to handbook@hr2ws.org with any comments you may have.

When: The online consultation will start in mid-January and will run until the end of April 2014. The planned timetable is as follows:

17 January 2014 / Chapter 1.1. Incorporating the rights to water and sanitation into legislative, regulatory and policy frameworks
27 January 2014 / Chapter 1.2. Incorporating the rights to water and sanitation into legislative, regulatory and policy frameworks
6 February 2014 / Chapter 2. Incorporating the rights to water and sanitation into financing and budgeting processes
5 March 2014 / Chapter 0. Introductory chapter
31 March 2014 / Chapter 3. Service delivery for the realisation of the rights to water and sanitation
14 April  2014 / Short Essay 1. Non-discrimination and the rights to water and sanitation
April 2014 / Chapter 4. Advocacy, awareness-raising and capacity building for the rights to water and sanitation
April 2014 / Chapter 5. Accountability: Justiciability and monitoring
April 2014 / Short Essay 2. Participation and access to information and the rights to water and sanitation