About this Video
October 21, 2009
About the Video: ICCR wrote: Catarina de Albuquerque is the Independent Expert on the issue of human rights obligations related to access to safe drinking water and sanitation. She was appointed Independent Expert on the issue of human rights obligations related to access to safe drinking water and sanitation by the Human Rights Council in September 2008 and assumed her functions on 1 November 2008. Ms. de Albuquerque is currently working on compiling "best practices" and "good practices" implementing the human right to water and sanitation.
The briefing was attended by approximately 25-30 representatives from faith based and secular NGOs from California, Boston, DC, and Canada. Many of the groups attending do not have the resources to have an international presence like other organizations, and this meeting was their first opportunity to exchange with the IE on this topic. The Religious Working Group on Water, ICCR and UUSC have requested this briefing to give the IE an insight from the people working on the ground, into the human right to water in the U.S. The meeting took place during the ICCR annual meeting.
For further info: See the ICCR recent report on best / worst practices on reporting in the water sector - "Liquid Assets." ( http://www.iccr.org/news/press_releases/2009/pr_liquidassetsmain07.22.09.htm ).
Background - see the IE mandate (see http://www2.ohchr.org/english/issues/water/Iexpert/overview.htm ).