After what has been a prolonged period of absence for some members of the “friends list” to the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the human rights to water and sanitation, I would like to touch base with you and renew my commitment to maintaining meaningful contact. As much time has passed, there is naturally a lot that could be shared. I will attempt to be selective and keep to key subjects that could be of your particular interest.
1. Recognition of human rights to water and sanitation
It’s done! The United Nations General Assembly, as of yesterday 17 December 2015, passed and adopted the resolution on the human rights to water and sanitation. This resolution recognises the distinction between the human right to water and that of sanitation, which is a fundamentally important step in the recognition of the prioritisation of sanitation.
The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) have recently launched their annual publication - 'The Least Developed Countries Report 2015' - which focuses on the theme of 'Transforming rural economies' this year. This report offers detailed socio-economic analysis of the complex issues that the world's most impoverished countries, the Least Developed Countries (LDCs), face.