A Regional Initiative for Monitoring Access to Water Supply and Sanitation Beyond 2015. Mohamed I. Al-Hamdi UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia – ESCWA Arab Water Week – New Prospects and Challenges for the Water Sector in the Arab Region Amman, Jordan – 27-29 January 2013.
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A Regional Initiative for MonitoringAccess to Water Supply and Sanitation Beyond 2015
Mohamed I. Al-Hamdi
UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia – ESCWA
Arab Water Week – New Prospects and Challenges for the Water Sector in the Arab Region
Amman, Jordan – 27-29 January 2013
Access to improved drinking water source
Definition of “improved water source”
“By the nature of their construction or through active intervention, are protected from outside contamination, particularly from faecal matter.”
Access to improved Sanitation facility
Definition of “Improved sanitation facility”
“Facilities that ensure hygienic separation of human excreta from human contact.”
Protection of public health from water born and water related diseases is the main rationale behind the water and sanitation MDG.
“1. Recognizes the right to safe and clean drinking water and sanitation as a human right that is essential for the full enjoyment of life and all human rights”
“3. Affirms that the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation is derived from the right to an adequate standard of living and inextricably related to the right to the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health, as well as the right to life and human dignity;”
“7. Calls upon States:
a) To continuouslymonitor and regularly analyze the status of the realization of the right to safe drinking water and sanitation on the basis of the criteria of availability, quality, acceptability, accessibility and affordability;
c) To develop comprehensive plans and strategies, including the definition of responsibilities for all water and sanitation sector actors, to achieve progressively the full realization of the right to safe drinking water and sanitation for all, or re-examine and revise them where necessary to ensure consistency with human rights standards and principles;”
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