A Memorandum of Understanding between WaterLex and UNESCO-IHE was signed on 22 June. The MoU describes cooperation in the areas of water governance - in particular on water law - with a specific emphasis on the human right to water. Joint activities under the MoU framework include research as well as support for the 'Help Desk for Parliamentarians' set up by WaterLex.
The signing of the Memorandum of Understanding took place prior to a lunch seminar on the topic "How human rights can improve water governance and help realise the SDGs" given by Jan van de Venis, Legal Desk Director of WaterLex.
For those who were not able to attend the lunch seminar please see here the presentation.
WaterLex is an international public interest development organization based in Geneva, Switzerland. It is a UN-Water Partner with UN ECOSOC special consultative status. Its mission is to develop sustainable solutions based on human rights to improve water governance worldwide, particularly in regard to consistent water law and policy frameworks. It works with an alliance of interested parties to improve water-governance frameworks, bringing them in line with country obligations under international human rights law. The interested parties are individuals and groups working in government (diplomatic missions), academia (professors of law, researchers), bilateral cooperation (water management advisors), the judiciary (high/supreme courts judges), the UN system (UN-Water family members), and civil society (NGOs that work on water issues). WaterLex works in partnership with 85 universities to continuously enrich the content of the WaterLex Legal Database.
The organisation is funded by grants and project financing from public agencies, foundations, private gifts, and in-kind contributions. Established in 2010, when the human right to water was recognised by the UN, the organisation has a secretariat in Geneva with 15 staff members, a supervisory board of directors, and a large pool of members and expert advisors. It is an official member of the Global Water Partnership, UNDP Cap-Net, UNDP Global Water Solidarity, UNEP Global Wastewater, and the Swiss Water Partnership