The right to water is a prerequisite for the exercise of the right to adequate housing. Those most affected by the lack of access to adequate water are children, the elderly and people with illnesses.
The privatization of water resources has a negative impact on the poorest segments of society. The emphasis on profit in the private market causes price increases that can make water unaffordable to the poor.
In 2008, the Human Rights Council decided to nominate an Independent Expert on the issue of human rights obligations related to access to safe drinking water and sanitation. The first Rapporteur to be appointed for this mandate was Catarina de Albuquerque.
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Últimas notícias do tema Water
- (Español) Vidas represadas – entre la inundación y el desplazamiento
- Press statement by the Special Rapporteur on the human right to water and sanitation, Catarina de Albuquerque, at the end of her visit to Brazil, 9-19 December 2013
- “In a land with great potential and deep contrast, nobody must be left behind”, says UN expert after mission in Brazil
- Water and Sanitation: UN special rapporteur’s visit to Brazil cancelled by the Government
- In Serbia, evicted Roma families finally granted access to water