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United Nations Resolution 64/292 The Human Right to Water and Sanitation

August 3, 2010

Resolution 64/292 from the United Nations General Assembly, approved in July 2010, affirms water and sanitation rights as “essential for the full enjoyment of life and all human rights.” The resolution references the UN’s resolution declaring the right to development (54/175) and various UN efforts to improve water and sanitation conditions, such as the International Decade for Action, “Water for Life” (58/217). It recalls the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and several international agreements regarding human rights. The resolution recognizes the commitment of the Human Rights Council to water and sanitation and reiterates the commitment of nations to halving the proportion of people who do not have access to water and sanitation by 2015 as part of the Millennium Development Goals. It urges states and organizations to dedicate resources and efforts to overcoming the widespread deprivation of these rights.


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