International Protocol for the human right to water and sanitation
The Campaign Water Human Right Treaty aims engage the States parties to ratify a legal instrument able to realize the human right to water by UN resolution of July 2010 as a universal, autonomous and specific human right , defining binding norms and States’ obligations to achieve the right to water at minimum level to guarantee the dignity of the life. The instrument proposed is a Second Optional to International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights signed by States, which defines on the substantial and the procedural levels, how to achieve the right.
We want a new international legal instrument able to establish binding norms for the implementation of the human right to water and sanitation as universal and specific human rights. The proposal is to identify, through the mobilization of citizens, a group of States and Institutions willing to open negotiations.
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The Protocol on the human right to water and sanitation counteracts current tendencies towards commodification of water, financialization of water, water and land grabbing, and states discretion in realizing those human rights.
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The Protocol introduces important innovations, such as the quantification of the vital minimum amount of water corresponding to the human right that needs to be guaranteed free of charge by the State, a pricing policy discouraging overconsumption and waste, the right to sue the State for violations of the human right.
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Subscribe the Protocol, support advocacy actions, join the International Support Committee, create a Support Committee in your country. Binding our States to support and subscribe such a Protocol is a responsibility to be taken on by each of us, as member of Humanity.
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Water is a right – not a business!
Forum against Water Grabbing promoted by MultiWatching On October 19 and 20, 2018, representatives of social movements, NGOs, trade unions and church grassroots organizations as well as many interested individuals met in Bern and intensively discussed water-grabbing. By water-grabbing we mean the appropriation and control of water by powerful actors. With international guests, the knowledge [...] Read More

For California, second time’s a charm
Why the right to water depends on sustained political will and follow-through. By James Workman. November 20, 2018. It is the birthplace of Apple and Google–companies worth nearly US$2 trillion–and this year overtook the UK to become the world’s fifth largest economy, yet nearly 2 percent of California’s residents suffer from the lack of safe, [...] Read More

A Hard-Fought Win for Public Water on California’s Monterey Peninsula
The grassroots Public Water Now won a decisive victory in its years-long struggle for public control of Monterey’s water system. 11.20.18 – Voters in Monterey County, California, went to the polls on November 6th and jump-started a public takeover of their water system from California-American Water (Cal Am), a subsidiary of the nation’s largest private [...] Read More