United NationsGeneral Assembly adopted resolution 217 A (III), the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,on 10 December 1948. Following this historic act, the Assembly called upon all Member countries to publicize the text of the Declaration and “to cause it to be disseminated, displayed, read and expounded principally in schools and other educational institutions, without distinction based on the political status of countries or territories.”
Approved by the UN General Assembly in 2010. The UN Resolution (64/292):
- Recognizes the right to safe and clean drinking water and sanitation as a human right that is essential for the full enjoyment of life and all human rights,
- Calls upon States and international organizations to provide financial resources, capacity-building, and technology transfer, through international assistance and cooperation, in particular to developing countries, in order to scale up efforts to provide safe, clean, accessible and affordable drinking water and sanitation for all;
Issued by the UN Office of the High Commission for Human Rights in 2002, General Comment No. 15: The Right to Water, was approved by the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in 2003.
The IWA Principles for Water-Wise Cities assist leaders to develop and implement their vision for sustainable urban water, beyond equitable universal access to safe drinking water and sanitation. The Principles underlie resilient planning and design in cities.