Development cooperation and international human rights obligations

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Development cooperation and international human rights obligations

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Ashfaq Khalfan, Coordinator, Right to Water Programme, COHRE

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26 Nov 2008

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Summary

The paper examines the implications of the right to water and sanitation in the context of international financial and technical cooperation. The paper examines contexts in which States engaging in development cooperation may be obliged to refrain from actions that violate the right to water and sanitation in other countries including: imposition of water service delivery models that undermine the right to water, support of projects that exclude the participation of the affected peoples and the collection of debt where this leads to inability of a State to realise the right to water and sanitation for its people.

The paper then considers the obligations of States to protect the ICESCR rights of people in other countries by influencing actions taken by international organisations such as the World Bank. The paper then examines the extent of State obligations to engage in financial and technical cooperation to assist people outside their borders to secure their right to water and sanitation. Issues addressed include the process for burden-sharing between States to enhance international cooperation, the link between human rights obligations and the Millennium Development Goals and the issue of conditionality.

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A Human Rights-Based Approach (HRBA) to Improve Water Governance in Europe & CIS

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