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ANEW member Sena Alouka on FAN Global side event

Sena Alouka, Executive Director, Young Volunteers for the Environment, Togo on the FAN Global Side Event.

Over 90 people attended the FAN Global Side Event on Why the human rights based approach is key to ensuring equitable sustainable development. Fantastic presentations and a panel discussions were preceded and closed by Catarina De Albuquerque, the UN Special Rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation. 

She told the room how at home she felt with audience, saying “I feel very comfortable with you, with civil society the most important stakeholder for the implementation of the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation.”

I feel very comfortable with you, civil society, the most important stakeholder for the implementation of the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation
Catarina De Albuquerque, the UN Special Rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation

Albuquerque also expressed her concern on the World Water Forum ministerial declaration and made an impassioned plea on why she believe the declaration is retrogressive in terms of the human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation, she said:  “For the record I am very disappointed about the language. The text does not reflect the hard work and negotiations that all of you have been doing. I am worried about the future Watch FAN member and Executive Director, Young Volunteers for the Environment, Togo Sena Alouka's reaction to the event:  

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