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Yes! EU Backs Down – Special Rapporteur on Water Shames Canada and the UK – says ‘Do Not Betray Your Commitments’

Today, things began to look up in our fight to save the human right to water and sanitation from being removed from Rio text, and consequently from future implementation – something that we cannot stand by and watch happen here at the negotiations in New York.

In a rare move, Catarina de Albuquerque, the UN Special Rapporteur on Water and Sanitation viewed the situation to be severe enough to directly name two UN Member States: Canada and the UK. In addition, the Special Rapporteur issued a World Water Day press release a day in advance in order positively influence the negotiations in New York. See press release here.

I am pleased to have been involved in the lead up to this effort and to see positive differences as a result.

This release and the previous pressure place on the European Union has had a positive impact, they have backed down! I have been told by the Chair of the EU that they have asked the Secretariat to remove their suggested amendments on the human right to water and sanitation. This is a very positive step forward and they should be commended for remaining committed to their international obligations.

Anil – reporting from the Rio+20 negotiations in New York