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Manual on the right to water and sanitation
A tool to assist policy makers and practitioners develop strategies for implementing the human right to water and sanitation
The Manual on the Right to Water and Sanitation is designed to assist policy makers and practitioners in implementing the right to water and sanitation. This essential publication, written in non-legal language, addresses the vital need to clarify how human rights can be practically realised in the water and sanitation sector. The Manual demonstrates that implementing the right to water and sanitation is not limited to legal recognition or allocation of funds. Rather, it provides the basis for practical reforms in many areas of water supply and sanitation and in water resource management that can help make the water and sanitation sector operate in a manner that is more pro-poor, accountable and inclusive. The Manual will assist governments to operationalise their legal obligations under the international human rights treaties that they have ratified. The Manual is also useful as a tool to help achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) on water and sanitation. Human rights standards can help orient policy-making towards serving the needs of those without access to water and sanitation and require participatory, inclusive and accountable processes that can facilitate significant increases in access to water and sanitation.