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Science and Engineering Ethics

, Volume 20, Issue 4, pp 877–884 | Cite as

On Rights-Based Partnerships to Measure Progress in Water and Sanitation

  • Margaret SatterthwaiteEmail author
Commentary

Abstract

The right to water and sanitation has emerged from the penumbra of associated rights in the past few decades and now plays an important role in international debates. This right has emerged “from below”, through the efforts of social movements seeking transformation in the lives of the world’s poor, and it has been recognized “from above”, with major international actors such as the United Nations, international financial institutions, and even large corporate actors affirming its existence. As the obligations and entitlements inherent in this right are increasingly clarified, the role of interdisciplinary collaboration has never been more important. This short Commentary examines one such collaborative effort, led by the United Nations Joint Monitoring Programme, to devise post-2015 goals, targets, and indicators for water, sanitation, and hygiene. The Commentary calls for renewed partnerships to advance human rights-based policy among advocates, development practitioners, and water and sanitation experts from diverse scientific fields.

Keywords

Human rights Right to water and sanitation Human rights-based approaches Human rights indicators 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.New York University School of LawNew YorkUSA

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