UN resolution on right to water passes overwhelmingly. 124 yes, 42 abstentions, 0 no!
On July 28, 2010, the United Nations G eneral Assembly overwhelmingly agreed to a resolution declaring the human right to “safe and clean drinking water and sanitation.” The resolution, presented by the Bolivian government, had 124 countries vote in its favour, while 42 countries – including Canada – abstained.
For more than a decade the water justice movement, including the Council of Canadians’ Blue Planet Project, has been calling for UN leadership on this critical issue. Right now nearly 2billion people live in water-stressed areas of the world and 3 billion have no running water within a kilometre of their homes. Every eight seconds, a child dies of water-borne disease – deaths that would be easily preventable with access to clean, safe water.
“This is truly an historic day,” said Maude Barlow, National Chairperson of the Council of Canadians and IF G Board Member, who was at the UN meeting for the vote. ”When the 1948 Universal Declaration on Human Rights was written, no one could foresee a day when water would be a contested area. But in 2010, it is not an exaggeration to say that the lack of access to clean water is the greatest human rights violation in the world.” Barlow was joined for the important vote by the Council of Canadians’ National Water Campaigner Meera Karunananthan and Blue Planet Project Organizer Anil Naidoo.
To read more about the urgent need for the human right to water and the Canadian government’s shameful position against it go here.
For additional resources visit our Blue Planet project website.
UN to vote on right to water, Toronto Star, July 27, 2010
Canada must support the right to water, Embassy, Maude Barlow, Meera Karunananthan, and Anil Naidoo, July 21, 2010
Access to clean water is most violated human right, The G uardian UK, Maude Barlow, July 21, 2010
A human right Canada rejects: Access to clean water, The Toronto Star, Maude Barlow and Anil Naidoo, June 13, 2010