UNEP/DT/B March 10th 2013 Sponsors: Ecuador, Russian Federation, Egypt, France, China, United States of America, Central African Republic Signatories: Mexico, Republic of Korea, Chile, Republic of India, Republic of Chile, Bangladesh, Republic of Zambia, Colombia, Kingdom of Netherlands, Albania. The United Nations Environmental Programme, Recalling the UN GA Resolution A/RES/64/292 on “The human right to water and sanitation”, Further Recalling the Human Rights Council resolution A/HRC/RES/15/9 (2010), Reaffirming the UNHRC resolution A/HRC/RES/18/1 on the right of safe and drinking water and sanitation as part of legally binding in international law, Bearing in mind the report of the special Rapporteur of on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation A/67/270 (30 October 2012), entitled “integrating non-discrimination and equality into post-2015 development agenda for water, sanitation and hygiene, Emphasizing the principles of Agenda 21 and the Johannesburg plan of Implementation,
Acknowledging the necessity of private investments to ensure effective solutions to water-related issues; Recognizing the challenges faced by LEDCs in providing safe drinking water and basic level of sanitation, 1. Suggests a flexible decentralized mode of water management, according to national policies while respecting the principles of equality, fairness and justice for all citizens; 2. Draws to attention the importance of developing several tools for capacity building in the field of sanitation; 3. Discourages national policies aimed at the privatization of sustainable water management as a fundamental human need; 4. Calls for international cooperation among member states to institute a global partnership to ensure adequate water supply to safe drinking water and basic level of sanitation and knowhow sharing in both fields; 5. Suggests member states to introduce criminal liabilities to illicit exploitation of water resources; 6. Emphasizes the necessity of promoting awareness on industrial and agricultural success stories and best practices in utilizing water resources by adopting standard CSR policies in order to discourage further deterioration of water supply chain; 7. Encourages member states to incorporate a common educational environmental strategy; 8. Calls for further funding solutions to implement a program following the guidelines of the “Water Industry Development Strategy” adopted in the World Water Day conference in 2010;
9. Recommends the creation of a database to evaluate current needs pertaining to water and sanitation facilities sustainability for all member states; 10. Decides to remain actively seized of the matter.