18 July 2014
|UN Photo/Olivier Chassot|
Following many months of discussion, the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development (OWG) has published a draft of a set of goals and targets which will determine the global priorities of the economic, social and environmental agenda for the next 15 years. The final draft will be presented to the UN general Assembly later this year.
Whilst the draft contains many positive features, concerns have been expressed with some aspects of the draft. For example, whilst the proposed goal 6 is to “ensure availability and sustainable use of water and sanitation for all” concerns have been expressed about the lack of recognition of the human right to water and sanitation, fueling fears that it leaves the way open for the increased privatisation and commoditisation of water.
Edmund Rice International (ERI) has joined with more than 300 social justice organisations supporting the inclusion of the Human Right to Water and Sanitation in the Sustainable Development Goals.