This number of people have died from water borne disease today

The implications of COVID-19 are terrible for everyone, but especially difficult for the poorer sections of society that might not have access to clean running water and facilities for general hygiene.

National emergency plans often overlook the more vulnerable members of society – even in western states. There needs to be an imperative to improve conditions for these people immediately, for their own sakes, and to control infection rates. We are already working on solutions for this crisis – please contact us on if you would like to contribute to this effort.

In today’s Sustainable Development Goals Agenda, the human rights to water and sanitation are embedded, but not assured. We are working towards safeguarding these rights, such that no-one is left behind.

Human Right 2 Water brings water dialogue, innovative research, improved water cooperation and sustainable water governance to the global agenda.

We use expert knowledge on how the human rights to water and sanitation should be integrated into law and policy to realise safe and sustainable access to water and sanitation for all people, including vulnerable and marginalised people.

Our organisation strives to support governments, civil society, water and sanitation service providers and utilities to accelerate the realisation of Sustainable Development Goal 6 on Water, especially for the people that continue to be left behind.

Celebrate World Toilet Day today – View our video introducing the human right to sanitation.

Toilets are even more important in today’s world, with 3/5 people lacking a safe and hygienic place to go to the toilet, and hygiene becoming an imperative to prevent to the spread of disease. No toilet is not just a problem for the dignity of people, especially women, but it also creates an environmental and health problem, especially if waste is not treated or collected in a safe manner. Watch this short introduction to see what it means to realise the human right to sanitation.