Please follow this webinar series on current topics linked to human rights to water and sanitation. Launched on 3rd June 2020, it provided a platform to introduce the new virtual organisation, with an welcome from the President, Dhesigen Naidoo, and CEO, Amanda Loeffen. With guest panellists from OHCHR, WHO and WSSCC, it captured the essence of the link between the current pandemic and the need to reinforce our rights to water, sanitation and health.
The series has provide a themed topic each month, focussing on specific aspects around the pandemic, emergencies linked to climate change, practical steps on how to introduce the human rights-based approach, and including theme experts, examples of good practice, and stakeholders representing marginalised groups such as women, youth and people in vulnerable situations.
Promoting Transboundary Water Research Development and Innovation Cooperation in SADC Region (Southern Africa Development Community)
13th October 2022
Transboundary water refers to water resources such as aquifers, lakes and river basins being shared by two or more countries. An estimated 70% of the SADC rural population relies on groundwater, with 30 significant aquifers located in transboundary positions.
Transboundary water cooperation instruments, such as the SADC Revised Protocol on Shared Watercourses are an essential route to cooperation, and River Basin Organisations (RBOs) are a leading voice for basin-wide water issues in shared river basins. SADC countries,transboundary water resource organisations and interested parties are working together to promote the provision of quality water to the more than 250 million SADC citizens, with cooperation across boundaries on water-related research, development, and innovation (RDI).
This strategic workshop aims to strengthen cooperation in RDI for improved water security and universal access to water across the SADC Region. The workshop brings together the SADC countries and its RBOs in order to promote RDI within and amongst themselves.
Target Audience: Governments of SADC member states, RBOS, Transboundary water organisations, Policy Makers, Innovators, Academia and Investors and funders and Research funding institutions
Experts: South African Water Research Commission (WRC) in partnership with Human Right 2 Water (HR2W) and WaterShare, African Networks of RIver Basin Organisations (ANBO) and the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC).
Strengthening Water Quality Research, Development and Innovation among IORA Members States
12th September 2022
Water Quality refers to the chemical, physical and biological characteristics of water, based on the intended standard of its intended use such as drinking, swimming, washing, etc. The water quality of a system or particular area can be determined by the local geology, ecosystem as well as the interaction such as washing, sewage dispersion, overuse, industrial pollution, drinking, etc
Water quality and its’ access is a key issue for all countries in the world, including those in the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) inter-governmental organisation. The IORA was formed in 1997, to foster regional cooperation. To date, the IORA has a total of 23 member states and 10 dialogue partners. Like many countries, the IORA member states also have water quality as one of their key focus areas, concerning RDI in the areas of emerging contaminants, water provision, monitoring, and Water Sanitation and Health (WASH).
The workshop aims to strengthen cooperation amongst the IORA member states to improve water quality RDI and subsequent provision to their respective inhabitants. The workshop will form part of a series of workshops, with the aims of (1) focusing on ways to improve cooperation and sharing the current RDI work done by the IORA countries on water quality and identifying challenges faced by these countries concerning water quality, and (2) focusing on potential interventions to improve quality RDI amongst these countries.
Experts: South African Water Research Commission (WRC) and the IORA Regional Centre for Science Technology Transfer (RCSTT) and in partnership with Human Right 2 Water (HR2W), South African Local Government Association (SALGA) and South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC).
Monitoring with Human Right Indicators – how can this help to accelerate SDG6?
19th July 2022
The Human Rights-Based Approach attaches importance not only to programme outcomes, but also to the process by which those outcomes are achieved. Because of this, the development of human rights-based indicators plays a key role, because it allows for the evaluation of human rights compliance throughout the whole programme, throughout the evaluation of both processes and outcomes.
This webinar will seek to explain the importance of monitoring human rights indicators using examples from two countries (Kenya and Mexico), a keynote presentation from the Spanish Development Agency, and an introduction to human right s indicators from the Office of the High Commissioner for Human RIghts.
Together with the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights, and the support of the Swiss Development Corporation, the Inter-American Development Bank and IWRA, the development of practical human rights indicators has been captured in this short policy document. The online discussion proposed in this webinar, relates to the learnings and challenges of this approach, together with the positive benefits gained from the ability to monitor progressive realisation at the sub-national level.
Experts: from AECID, OHCHR, KNCHR, Kenya RAPID+, IWRA, HR2W
Read more about the event and the speakers here.
Groundwater and the right to water on World Water Day
22nd March 2022
For this 2022 World Water Day, HR2W hosted a discussion on groundwater and human rights to fit with the World Water Development Report annual theme. In order to bring attention to the importance of this matter, we have an introductory presentation from David R.Boyd, the Special Rapporteur on the Human Right to a Healthy Environment, followed by a short discussion with experts on groundwater and human rights to water and the environment.
Experts: David R. Boyd (Special Rapporteur), Jenny Gronwall (SIWI), Kirstin Danert (Ask for Water), Amanda Loeffen (HR2W moderator)
Open eyes and ears to the voices of young women and men – how can we support them?
23rd February 2022, 15-16:30h
Young leaders of the HR2W Youth Platform, Nada Bessassi and Isabella Cubillo will interview young water network leaders working in the water and sanitation sector. They will explore the ways in which the involvement of young people in water and sanitation projects has been beneficial in promoting and protecting human rights. It will highlight the role in decision-making processes and highlight their innovative ideas.
Complementing these presentations, our expert advisors will suggest helpful ways for these youth networks to attract funding and support.
Experts: Anna Kristina Kanathigoda (GIZ), Mariet Verhoef-Cohen (WfWP),
Gates Foundation, Inter-American Development Bank
Youth Network Leaders (from HR2W Youth Platform):
Ioana Dobrescu (Wetskills);
Kenneth Alfaro (Proyectos de Prevención de la Contaminación del Agua en Nicoya Península Waterkeeper, Costa Rica);
Belen Vallejo, Sustainability Expert in Water & Natural Resources, Switzerland
Emmanuel Uguru, Youth Focal Point at Africa Ministers’ Council on Water (AMCOW)
International Cooperation and best practice on citizen science engagement in water and sanitation programmes
9th December 2021, 08:00-09:30h CET
Citizen Science is described as the practice of public participation and collaboration in scientific research to increase scientific knowledge. It can be used to generate new ideas, leadership and project innovation.
Through an interactive workshop with practitioners that are developing exciting new approaches to citizen engagement, and collection of data, particularly in support of the sustainable development goals, we hope to encourage constructive thinking around this approach.
The workshop invites keynote presentations from expert such as Prof. Vishwas Satgar, WITS University, and Michelle Hiestermann from WRC to provide some background on the potential for citizen science. The following roundtable is designed to provide expertise and discussion from a range of speakers from UNICEF, The institute of Water and Sanitation Zimbabwe, University of Exeter Centre for Water Systems, The Bucharest Business Development Group (experiences in the Danube), The South African Commission on Human Rights, and the Department of Water and Sanitation in South Africa.
Using the Human Rights Base Approach to provide water for the people that are being left behind
29th November 2021, 09:30-11:00 CET – Registration here
Water service delivery is challenging in developing countries such as South Africa, Kenya, Pakistan, and Costa Rica. Despite adopting the human right to water in the constitution, there are often water shortages, disruptions, and lack of access to quality water.
This webinar aims to share practices using the human rights-based approach to improve water service delivery for marginalised and vulnerable people. The session will highlight practical ideas that incorporate a Human rights approach, such that the audience can learn from these experiences.
We invite country coordinators from HR2W to share their stories with our co-convenors, the Water Research Commission in South Africa and Watershare. We invite you to join our event online, to listen to their stories about how the HRBA can encourage participation of communities and to find sustainable solutions, despite a severe lack of resources, and impoverished regions.
COP26: Actions to increase resilience to climate disasters based on human rights
8th November 2021, 0800h-09:00h GMT – Watch recording from WMO Science Pavilion here.
How do we increase resilience to climate events, giving priority to the needs of vulnerable people, and their access to clean and safe water, hygiene and toilets?
Resilience to climate disasters can be supported by strengthening the policies that are described by the human rights to water and sanitation. The HR2W Expert Committee, chaired by Michel Jarraud, has developed a Declaration based on a study in 25 countries, to encourage governments to protect, respect and fulfil these rights, even in an emergency. This is supported by the President of HR2W, Dhesigen Naidoo, Climate Commissioner for South Africa.
The Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and the Environment (David Boyd) meets top experts in climate change, water and human rights to discuss government preparedness to protect rights to water and maintenance of essential water services after climate events, especially for marginalised people.
Experts from the World Meteorological Organisation (Johannes Cullmann), The Green Climate Fund (Ania Grobicki), the Organisation of American States (Andres Sanchez), The United Nations Framework Commission on Climate Change (Rojina Manandhar), and The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (Dr Tarek Sadek) share the work that they are each doing to support the principles of the Declaration.
Business and Human Rights to Water and Sanitation
22nd September 2021, 1300h-14;30h CET – Watch the Webinar
Experts: Pedro Arrojo-Ajuda (Special Rapporteur), Cristina Alejandro (Balibago Waterworks), Srija Santosh (Eram Scientific Solutions), Farhana Rashid (Bhumijo), Prakash Amatya (Aerosan), Neil Dhot (AquaFed), Alex Knezovich (Toilet Board Coalition), Amanda Loeffen (CEO, Human Right 2 Water), and Gabriella Casanova (Senior Legal Officer, HR2W).
Inclusion of human rights to water and sanitation in business processes and standards is a necessary standard for service providers. Businesses have a strong duty to respect and protect people’s human rights. It is recognised that there is a balance between provision of safely managed services (and fulfilment of human rights), environmental protection and providing sustainable long-term solutions. This webinar brings together practical tools, good practices, and expert interlocuters to provide guidance for businesses on how to respect human rights to water and sanitation along with improved standards.
Climate and Health Resilience
14th July 2021, 14h00h-16h00h CET- Watch the Webinar
Experts: Michel Jarraud (WMO), Pedro Arrojo-Agudo (Special Rapporteur), Dhesigen Naidoo (Water Research Commission), Professor Sharmila Murthy (Suffolk University Law School), Dr Ania Grobicki (Green Climate Fund), Professor Saleemul Huq (Independent University Bangladesh), Johannes Cullmann (World Meteorological Organization ), Carol Chouchani Cherfane, (United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia), Rojina Manandhar (UN Framework Convention on Climate Change), Dr Daniel Cano (OAS), and Amanda Loeffen (Human Right 2 Water).
In this webinar we bring together global leaders and experts on the topic of human rights to water and sanitation, and resilience to climate and health emergencies. It is preparation for a meeting at COP26 this November, and the outcomes of this preliminary webinar will be used to generate support and advocacy for governments to take a proactive role in preventing people from suffering from the impacts of large-scale emergencies. This proposal is based on outcomes from the research that has supported the Declaration, launched by the Expert Committee of Human Right 2 Water at this online event.
The Human Rights-based approach to water and sanitation
28th April 2021, 15:00h-16:30h CET- Watch the Webinar
Experts: Dhesigen Naidoo (Water Research Commission), Fredy Camarena (Representative of Gobe Indigenous People and Director of Water and Sanitation), Mme Saiida Zwawi ( La Présidente du GDA Thubrnica), Rio Hada (OHCHR), Louisa Gosling (WaterAid), Jonathan Grabinsky (World Bank), Amanda Loeffen (Human Right 2 Water) as host.
The term ‘Human Rights-Based Approach’ (HRBA) was recognised by Kofi Annan as early as 1997 when he advocated for its implementation across the UN system. This webinar celebrates the first publication that sets out a practical guide for using an HRBA in water and sanitation programmes, incorporating elements of the Human Rights to Water and Sanitation, along with the transversal principles of the HRBA. In this webinar, we aim to review the HRBA in practice using a selection of community-based water infrastructure projects, provided by ILO. The common thread in these cases is the meaningful participation of the local community and the inclusion of women in a technical role. We will explore how these programmes have succeeded to enlist women in roles that are more typically in the male domain and understand the elements of an HRBA that have been integrated into the programme.
International Women’s Day – Women, Water and Human Rights
8th March 2021, 15:00h CET – Watch the Webinar
Experts: Raquel Dodge (Attorney General, Brazil), Nchedi Sophia Maphokga-Moripe (South Africa Department of Water and Sanitation), Mekala Krishnan (McKinsey Global Institute), Maria Teresa Gutierrez (International Labour Organisation), Mariet Verhoef-Cohen (Women for Water Partnership), Amanda Loeffen (Human Right 2 Water) as host.
“Choose to Challenge” is the theme of this year’s International Women’s Day. A day to celebrate women’s achievements, but also to challenge stereotypes, fight prejudice, expand perceptions and improve conditions. In the world of water, women play a central role on one hand (for collecting and managing domestic water) and are largely over-looked on the other hand (when dealing with decision-making for water service delivery and infrastructure provision). This webinar brings together inspirational women from around the world to share their experience and stories. The aim is to provide an overview of the benefits of including women in decision-making forums, examples of specific cases where the inclusion of women in water has resulted in solutions that are more sustainable, culturally sensitive, and conscious of the importance of considering women and family needs into planning and design at the start of the projects.
NHRI Launch Event: Good Practices of NHRIs in Water Governance
24th February 2021, 11:00h GMT – Watch the Webinar (Available in English and French)
Experts: Amanda Loeffen (Human Right 2 Water), Imanol Aguilera (Human Right 2 Water), Yuri Ramkissoon (South African Human Rights Commission), Yeo Wondio Christelle (National Council for Human Rights, Côte d’Ivoire), Clinton Ezeigwe (People to People International), Ousmane Dambadji (Nigerian Network of Journalists for Education, Water, Hygiene and Sanitation), Al-hassan Adam (End Water Poverty).
Human Right 2 Water and End Water Poverty have highlighted the role that NHRIs can provide in water governance through a new publication which collects good practices from a selection of countries. This compilation selects areas of activity where NHRIs can demonstrably provide value, through promotion and protection of these rights and educational programmes; monitoring access to services and complaints procedures; and by acting as a body that presents violations to government and making recommendations on legislative reform.
We will present some of the case studies that were identified in our good practice’s compilation. Leaders from these NHRIs are invited to share their stories of achieving these outcomes as an inspiration for other NHRIs, and as a source of knowledge for people that are not fully aware of the services that NHRIs can provide. We also include speakers from the same countries that are working with vulnerable people in water and sanitation provision, to provide a local perspective.
Buenas Prácticas de INDH en la Governanza del Agua
24 de Feb , 15:00h GMT – Mira el Webinar (Disponible en Español)
Experts: Géraldine Gené (Human Right 2 Water), Sam Taylor (End Water Poverty), Imanol Aguilera (Human Right 2 Water), Dra. María Elena Lugo (Comisión Nacional de Derechos Humanos de México), Dennis Donaire (ASOMAINCUPACO, Honduras), Zuleth Oriana Munoz (Procuradora de los Derechos Humanos de Guatemala).
Human Right 2 Water y End Water Poverty destacan el rol que las INDH pueden tener en la gobernanza del agua, a través de esta nueva publicación que recolecta buenas prácticas de varios países. Esta recopilación selecciona áreas de actividad en las que las INHD claramente pueden proporcionar valor de forma demostrable tales como, la promoción y protección de estos derechos, programas educativos, monitoreando el acceso a los servicios y el procedimiento de quejas, denunciando lasviolaciones ante el gobierno y haciendo recomendaciones sobre reformas legislativas.
Presentaremos algunos casos de estudio que identificamos. Invitamos a líderes de las INDH a compartir historias de éxito con el fin de inspirar otras organizaciones. Además, como fuente de conocimiento para personas que no son plenamente conscientes los servicios que puede brindar INDH. También, incluimos oradores de los mismos países que trabajan con personas en estado de vulnerabilidad en la provisión de agua y saneamiento, esto con el fin de proporcionar una perspectiva local.
A human rights-based approach for community adaptation to climate change
3rd February 2021, 09:00h CET – Watch the Webinar
Experts: Pedro Arrojo-Agudo (Special Rapporteur), Roula Majdalani (ESCWA), Johannes Cullman (WMO), Professor Saleemul Huq (ICCCAD and Independent University Bangladesh), Ania Grobicki (Green Climate Fund), Afef Tlili (Minerva Consulting), Dhesigen Naidoo (Human Right 2 Water, WRC and Presidential Climate Change Coordinating Commission), Amanda Loeffen (Human Right 2 Water) as host.
“Climate change affects ecosystems, human societies and economies in a variety of ways, and water is the primary medium through which these impacts are felt”,
United Nations World Water Development Report 2020, Water and Climate Change.
The many competing—and sometimes conflicting—demands on water resources will give rise to questions of equity and justice, such as what would be considered to be a ‘fair’ or ‘balanced’ allocation of water for competing uses. The human rights system offers an important entry point for such questions of justice, and a process for establishing priorities.This webinar examines some of the tools and case studies connected with how to connect local communities with solutions for climate adaptation. It especially explores the importance of integrating the HRBA and encourages more inclusive management of water rights.
How can the human rights to water and sanitation create resilience to pandemics such as COVID-19?
10th December 2020, 15:00h CET – Watch the Webinar
Host: Amanda Loeffen, Chief Executive Officer at Human Right 2 Water
Experts: Professor Sharmila Murthy (Suffolk University Law School), Rio Hada (OHCHR), Imanol Aguilera (Human Right 2 Water), Yamileth Astorga (AyA Costa Rica), Géraldine Gené (Human Right 2 Water), Eng. Robert Gakubia (Kenya Water Services Regulatory Board), Professor Patricia Mbote (University of Nairobi)
On this important day to celebrate Human Rights, this webinar will highlight the link between the human rights to water and sanitation, and our resilience to disease, especially for vulnerable people.
The current global emergency has laid bare some of the weaknesses in our current legal systems, at national and local authority levels, highlighting the need for strengthening of water and sanitation service supplies to strengthen human rights. Services that are barely adequate under normal circumstances, can quickly become a liability when trying to prevent the spread of disease through maintaining hygienic conditions, handwashing, cleanliness, and proper disposal of faecal waste products. The awful truth is that the poor and the vulnerable typically suffer the most, and especially in countries without the ability to react quickly to emergency conditions.
The Business Case for Including Human Rights to Sanitation
10th November 2020, 15:00h CET – Watch the Webinar
Host: Amanda Loeffen, Chief Executive Officer at Human Right 2 Water
Experts: Alex Knezovich (Toilet Board Coalition), Nazir Pandor (Live Clean Initiatives), Joel Mukisa Makadesh (Joelex Uganda Limited), Francis Daniel Bougaire (African Development Bank), Professor Martha Davis (Northeastern University), Jayant Bhagwan (South African Water Research Commission), Gabriella Casanova (Human Right 2 Water), Doulaye Kone (Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation)
Inclusion of human rights to sanitation in business processes and standards is not often considered as a primary goal for service providers. However, these businesses do have a strong duty to respect and protect people’s human rights, and there is an obvious connection between provision of safely managed services and environmental protection. This webinar invites a selection of experts from the sanitation sector and human rights experts to talk about the need for this recognition, by service providers and government authorities, such that these standards can be integrated into policies and systems for monitoring the realisation of human rights at a local level.
The Importance of Engaging Young People in the Dialogue on Water and Human Rights
7th October 2020, 16:00h CET – Watch the Webinar
Hosts: Imanol Aguilera, Legal Researcher at Human Right 2 Water and Gussie Lloyd, Communications Manager at Human Right 2 Water
Experts: Daniel Cano (Organisation of American States, USA), Antonella Vagliente (Young Water Solutions, Belgium), Muhammad Wasif Bashir Babar (Pakistan Youth Parliament for Water, Pakistan), Nuzhat Bashir (Youth Leader and Social Enterpriser in WASH, Pakistan), Ashton Busani Mpofu (South African Young Water Professionals, South Africa), Sheila Ruyondo (Young Water Solutions, Uganda), Cuauhtémoc Osorno Córdova (World Youth Parliament for Water, Mexico), Abishek Narayan (Swiss Water Partnership, Switzerland)
This webinar will reflect on the importance of engaging young people in this dialogue on water and human rights. Based on the experiences of our panellists, we will be exploring the ways in which the involvement of young people in water related projects has been beneficial in promoting and protecting human rights. We will be presenting a series of case studies that will also help to gain an understanding of the main challenges faced by young people as they strive to play a role in the decision-making processes.
A declaration reflecting our commitment to involve the youth in water governance and to respond to the most pressing challenges that we are facing today will be included as part of the webinar. This declaration will act as a starting point for future endeavours of the community of young people brought together by this event.
The Importance of a Human Rights Based Approach to IWRM
2nd September 2020, 14:00h CET – Watch the Webinar
Hosts: Max Campos, Chief of IWRM at OAS and Board Member at Human Right 2 Water, and Amanda Loeffen, Chief Executive at Human Right 2 Water
Experts: Jenny Grönwall (SIWI), Dhesigen Naidoo (WRC), Diana Suhardiman (IWMI), Themba Gumbo (CapNet), Fabiola Tábora (GWP), Géraldine Gené (Human Right 2 Water)
Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) is a process which promotes the coordinated development and management of water, land, and related resources in order to maximise economic and social welfare in an equitable manner without compromising the sustainability of vital ecosystems and the environment. The Human Rights Based Approach (HRBA) provides a process and a legal methodology for inclusion of all people, for non-discrimination, participation, sharing of data, and accountability. By taking into account the needs and rights of all vulnerable groups, and including them in the decision-making process, a sustainable solution is more likely to be supported.
This webinar examines some of the tools and case studies behind this approach, pulling on experts in human rights, water governance and IWRM from different parts of the world. We hope to share some of the thinking behind the HRBA and encourage more inclusive management of water rights.
People-first PPPs and a Human Rights-Based Approach for SDG 6
5th August 2020, 13:00h CET – Watch the Webinar
Introduction: Anand Chiplunkar, Board Member, Human Right 2 Water
Experts: Olcay Ünver (Vice-Chair, UN-Water), Klas Moldéus (UN-Water), Patricia Lopez (Sr. Infrastructure Finance Specialist, World Bank), Geoffrey Hamilton (Chief of International PPP Centre of Excellence, UNECE), Irina Tsay (Regional Project Manager, SOS Children’s Villages), Neil Dhot (Executive Director, AQUAFED), Amanda Loeffen (Chief Executive, Human Right 2 Water)
In the race to realise the 2030 Agenda, the need for Public-Private Partnerships is recognised as essential to realise SDG 6, and yet people are still being left behind. The principles of a Human Rights Based Approach (HRBA) are not automatically included in the design and implementation stages of new projects.
This webinar examines the interlink between People-first Public-Private Partnerships (Pf-PPP) and the need for a Human Rights-Based Approach (HRBA).
10 Year Celebration of the Human Rights to Water and Sanitation, and the Importance of Including it in National Law and Policy
1st July 2020, 15:00 CET – Watch the Webinar
Experts: Blanca Jimenez (CONAGUA), Léo Heller (Special Rapporteur on human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation), Sergio Campos (IDB), Maureen Mwadime (Kenya KHRC), Callum Clench (IWRA), Amanda Loeffen (CEO, HR2W) as moderator
Recognition in law and policy is a crucial step towards the national realisation of safe and sustainable access to water and sanitation to all. Countries such as Mexico, are taking the lead by integrating these rights further into national water plans and policies such that there is a real change in access. Kenya also has developed a framework for the Human Rights to water and sanitation and is looking for ways to monitor the data more efficiently.
Emergency responses linking Corona pandemics (COVID 19) and human rights to water and sanitation
3rd June 2020, 14:00 CET – Watch the Webinar
Introduction : Dhesigen Naidoo, President of Human Right 2 Water
Experts: Sharmila Murthy (HRWS expert, Board Member HR2Water), Rio Hada (OHCHR), Bruce Gordon (WHO), Raya Stephan (international water law), Enrico Muratore (WSSCC, human rights), Amanda Loeffen (CEO, HR2W) as moderator
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 for drinking and hand washing and facilities for general hygiene. This webinar brings together a selection of experts from the Board of Human Right 2 Water with leaders from the human rights sector to give their opinion and to discuss opportunities for emergency response solutions.