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UN General Assembly Votes to Recognize the Human Right to Water and Sanitation

Joint Statement of Maude Barlow, Board Chair, and Wenonah Hauter, Executive Director, Food & Water Watch


"It is an amazing and surprising victory for water justice today with
the UN General Assembly passing the resolution recognizing the human
right to water and sanitation.

"124 states voted for the resolution. 42 states-including the U.S.-abstained from the resolution. No state voted against it.

"Our network of allies has been fighting for over 10 years towards
achieving a legally binding recognition of the human right to water at
the UN. While this is a non-binding resolution, it is a crucial first
step to providing clean water and sanitation to all."

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