Human Right to water

The Fifth World Water Forum ended on Sunday 22 March following seven days of debates. The Forum recorded a record of 25 000 participants. However, the final statement stirs up a controversy among the participating countries.

The access to safe drinking water and sanitation has been recognized as a "basic human need" and not as a "right". Many participating countries as France, Spain and countries from South America and Africa considered that it is not enough.

The statement finally formulates recommendations including an improvement of the water demand management and use, particularly for agriculture; the prevention of pollution from all sectors in surface and groundwater; the necessity of water treatment. Some participating countries also view these recommendations as vague.

More information on the Forum page