France welcomes the adoption by consensus on 30 September of a resolution on the right to safe drinking water and sanitation which she co-sponsored. This is a successful outcome which builds on resolution 64/292 adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 28 July. It gives a strong impetus to the work carried out over the last few years by the Human Rights Council and the independent expert, Ms de Albuquerque, on this essential issue on which depend the lives of billions of individuals deprived of access to safe drinking water and decent sanitation.
The United Nations has recognized the right to drinking water and sanitation. The Human Rights Council resolution supplements it and clarifies its main parameters. In particular, the resolution firmly ties the right to drinking water and sanitation to the right to a life of dignity and adequate standard of living. It also emphasizes the primary responsibility of States: every State’s public authorities are responsible for organizing and monitoring an appropriate system, so that the services are delivered under the right conditions to ensure the effective realization of this right, regardless of the status of the service providers (public, private, voluntary sector).
The emergence of a consensus on the need to move from theory to implementation is very positive: France intends to continue working towards achieving the wholehearted support of all stakeholders responsible for ensuring the right to drinking water and sanitation.
France, who will host the 6th World Water Forum in Marseille in March 2012, would like this event to enable further progress to be made on the realization of this universal right to drinking water and sanitation, a key element in the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals and in particular those relating to maternal and child health./.