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Brazil stages it’s second Water Week this week, hosted by ABES, The Brazilian Association of Sanitary and Environmental Engineering, and bringing academics, specialists and international organisations together to focus on SDG 6 on water. It is hosted entirely online, attracting 10,000 professionals in the sector, and promoting technical-scientific, political- institutional and management activities to further the development of environmental sanitation, to improve people’s health, environment and quality of life.
Wearing both his Water Research Council and Human Right 2 Water hats, our president, Dhesigen Naidoo, is honoured to speak at the opening ceremony later today (9am Brazil time) along with keynotes such as the Governor of Sao Paolo, João Doria, and Loïc Fauchon, President of the World Council on Water. Achieving SDG 6 for all, will not be possible without a holistic view of water resource management, and the people that are vulnerable, and that may not have access to safe drinking water, a commodity that is highly dependent on the treatment of waste water and the protection of the environment. In order to protect the human rights to water and sanitation, we also need to regard the equally important human rights to a healthy environment, to health, and to a life lived in dignity.