Canada: UN Motion to Recognize Water as Basic Human Right Blocked

7 Apr 2008 by Local Press Report
Canada, OTTAWA

— The United Nations Human Rights Council failed at the end of last month to pass a resolution recognizing water as "a basic human right." Following three weeks of discussions, 46 members accepted a consensus document calling for more study on the German-Spanish resolution. But the council did not vote on the resolution itself, after Canadian representative Sarah Geh announced during the talks that "Canada does not view this resolution as creating a human right to water under international human rights law." In addition to recognizing water as a right, rather than a commodity, the proposed resolution would have established an international watchdog to monitor the actions of individual countries...

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