26 Jan

Science and Human Rights Coalition Meeting: The Human Right to Water

26 Jan 2017 through 27 Jan 2017
8:30 am to 5:00 pm
AAAS Headquarters

When & where? 
January 26 - 27, 2017
AAAS Headquarters
1200 New York Ave NW
Washington, DC 20005


AAAS News Story

AAAS Science and Human Rights Coalition Meeting
The Human Right to Water
January 26-27, 2017

Throughout the first day, participants discussed the role of the science and technology communities in upholding the human right to water and the implications of the human rights framework for scientists, engineers, and health professionals who work to improve access to safe, affordable water supplies. Sessions highlighted examples of actionable scientific research that is contributing to human rights-based water policies. In addition, panelists shared models for collaborative partnerships with frontline communities. Meeting attendees participated in small group discussions in which they identified specific actions members of the Coalition can take within their associations and institutions.

Coalition meetings convene scientists, engineers, and health professionals with human rights leaders and policy makers to discuss emerging issues at the nexus of science and human rights. The Coalition serves as a catalyst for the increased involvement of scientific, engineering, and health associations and their members in human rights-related activities. 

Meeting Sessions

Welcoming Remarks and Keynote Address: Human Rights and Flint's Water Crisis

Plenary Session I: Actionable Science and the Human Right to Water

Mauricio Pardon focused on investing in universal access to water and sanitation, through innovation, governance, and constructing infrastructure. Click here to view his presentation, or click here for a text version. 

Plenary Session II: What is the Role of Scientists in Supporting the Human Right to Water?

Report Back from Small Group Discussions and Closing Remarks

Learn More About the Human Right to Water

The following resources provide an overview of the challenge and work in progress: 

The Human Right to Water: A Research Guide and Annotated Bibliography by Jootaek Lee, Northeastern University School of Law, and Maraya Best, PHRGE

"Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights to Safe Drinking Water and Sanitation," the website of the UN Special Rapporteur on these rights;

The Human Right to Water Bill in California: An Implementation Framework for State Agenciesa report by the Berkeley Clinic; and 

Tapped Out: Threats to the Human Right to Water in the Urban United States by the Georgetown Law Human Rights Institute Fact-Finding Practicum

Watch a video produced by the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on their visit to Detroit, Michigan in 2011: