UN Member States have recognized the human rights to water and sanitation as part of binding international human rights law. In 2015, the right to sanitation was acknowledged as a distinct right, placing priority on its universal realization.The human rights-based approach stresses the correspondence between rights and obligations. Responsibilities and accountability, non-discrimination and disadvantaged groups are put in focus.
In this Issue Sheet the Water Governance Facility (WGF) explores the links between the Human Rights to water and sanitation and water governance. It also outlines the WGF activities related to the topic.