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UNESCO Etxea gives a course on the human right to water at the Essential Africa week

Fernando Daz-Alpuente, UNESCO Etxeas Consultant at the United Nations Office to support the Decade for Water and Natalia Uribe, Head of UNESCO Etxeas Human Right to Water Department, took part at the Essential Africa (frica Imprescindible) initiative by giving a course on the human right to water at Deusto University.

On 21st October the Essential Africa (frica Imprescindible) conference tackled the issue of the human right to water. Fernando Daz-Alpuente presented the situation of the lack of access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation in the world and its massive implications on human rights. The causes of the world water crisis were examined, which are essentially political and social. Faced with this situation, Natalia Uribe stressed that it is essential to make water a human right. As such, the meaning and implications of this right were presented, as well as the progress on this issue around the world.

Essential Africa (frica Imprescindible) aims to make the diversity of Sub-Saharan Africa more visual and closer to the population, and contribute to the analysis and debate in order to promote knowledge about this continent. The programme covers different cultural activities and a two-day course, which this year is dedicated to the human right to water. During the second day practical cases were examined relating to the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda.

Human Right to Water - presentation. (pdf format)

Fernando Daz Alpuente presents the crisis in numbers

Natalia Uribe explains how treating water as a human right can help to tackle the crisis

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