Water and sanitation are human rights. All governments have supported the recognition of water and sanitation as human rights in one form or another. And many governments have made promises to ensure better access to water and sanitation – promises many have repeatedly failed to keep. Governments must live up to the promises they have made and they must realize the human rights to water and sanitation.
Using human rights in campaigning significantly changes the way we talk about and approach the topic of water and sanitation: Everyone has rights and is entitled to safe water and sanitation, while governments are obliged to progressively realize these rights. Keep Your Promises is a global campaign calling on all governments to fulfill their obligation to make sure that everyone will have access to adequate water and sanitation services – by 2030. To find out more visit: www.keepyourpromises.org. This guide provides an overview of the human rights to water and sanitation, and tips and ideas for campaigning for their realization. As the implementation of the human rights to water and sanitation are different in each country, this guide cannot offer a detailed overview of the status of the rights in each country. But it does give you the context and tips you need to develop your own campaign to hold your national or local government to account on the promises they have made to realize the human rights to water and sanitation.
Download the campaign PDF: 14_3986_EWP_Campaign_FINAL_LR.pdf (292 downloads)