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Realising the human rights to water and sanitation: A handbook


Realising the human rights to water and sanitation: A handbook

The UN Special Rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation, Catarina de Albuquerque, is very proud to present her new publication: Realising the human rights to water and sanitation: A handbook

This Handbook is the product of six years of work by the first UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights to water and sanitation. It explains the meaning and legal obligations that arise from these rights, translating the often complex technical and legal language into accessible information.

Complete handbook

Introduction and Proposed Goals and Targets on Sustainable Development for the Post2015 Development Agenda


Poverty eradication is the greatest global challenge facing the world today and an indispensable requirement for sustainable development. We are therefore committed to freeing humanity from poverty and hunger as a matter of urgency.

Civil society responds to African Union meeting ban on public participation

Civil society have responded to the Africa Union's restriction of public engagement in its next meeting which they believe is contrary to the underpinning principles of the organisation. Read the full statement here.

World Water Day 2013 photo highlights

22 March 2013 was World Water Day and many members used the day to carry out advocacy to tackle the world's water and sanitation crisis. See just a small selection of their photo highlights.

Job opportunity: Fair Waters Project Manager in Tanzania

An exciting opportunity has arisen to lead this innovative project which will deliver water security for vulnerable communities in East Africa and test new approaches to development assistance.

Urgent need for climate change impacts on water policy

The key messages from a recent UNFCCC technical workshop included an urgent call for policy considerations on climate change impacts on water resources and adaptation strategies.

Jeannot Bosingizi nominated DRC 'Woman of courage'

Jeannot Bosingizi

On March 30, 2012 ANEW member Jeannot Bosingizi was nominated 'Woman of courage' for the environment in the DRC by the US Embassy in Kinshasa.


ANEW members at Africa Water Week

Hear from FAN membersCatherine Ngaba (Vice-Chair of ANEW), Ngabaghila Chatata (Network Coordinator, Water and Environmental Sanitation Network, Malawi) and Hanan El-Amin (Founder & Chairperson for Environmental Union, Sudan) about their thoughts on Africa Water Week in a video from the event.

WES in national news for World Water Day

One World Water Day 2012, the Nation News in Malawi, published a feature on the WES network, the national civil society network in Malawi. 

ANEW member wins 3rd Kyoto World Water Grand Prize

ANEW member Katosi Women Development Trust (KWDT) received the 3rd Kyoto World Water Grand Prize at the closing ceremony of the 6th world water forum in Marseille France on 17th March 2012. This is the second time a FAN member has won the Kyoto Water prize in just the three years since the prize was launched.