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Thursday, July 28, 2011

UN declared access to safe drinking water a basic human right
Dwyer Arce at 12:00 AM ET

On July 28, 2010, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution declaring that access to clean and sanitized drinking water is a basic human right. The resolution, passed by a vote of 122-0 with 41 member states abstaining, also required the UN Independent Expert on the issue of human rights obligations related to access to safe drinking water and sanitation, Catarina de Albuquerque, to report to the General Assembly annually. The resolution also expressed concern that approximately 884 million people are without access to safe drinking water and more than 2.6 billion people lack access to basic sanitation.

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