Progress so far
Much progress has already been made in the development of universally recognised human rights to water and sanitation. This section contains an overview of important international and regional legal instruments and conferences that have recognised the right to water and sanitation.
It also contains a list of countries that have included the right to water and sanitation in national legislation and used it as a guide for developing national policies.
In some cases, countries have explicitly adopted legal provisions recognising the right to water and sanitation as human rights.
In other cases, governments have not adopted an explicit provision, but have adapted its legal framework for the implementation of the right to water and sanitation and/or have developed policies focused on extending coverage to members of vulnerable and marginalised groups and creating water services which are affordable for all.