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Source: General Assembly
20 July 2010


General Assembly
GA/10967

              Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York

Sixty-fourth General Assembly
Plenary
108th Meeting (AM)



GENERAL ASSEMBLY ADOPTS RESOLUTION RECOGNIZING ACCESS TO CLEAN WATER, SANITATION

AS HUMAN RIGHT, BY RECORDED VOTE OF 122 IN FAVOUR, NONE AGAINST, 41 ABSTENTIONS


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By a vote of 122 in favour to none against, with 41 abstentions, the General Assembly today adopted, as orally revised, a resolution calling on States and international organizations to provide financial resources, build capacity and transfer technology, particularly to developing countries, in scaling up efforts to provide safe, clean, accessible and affordable drinking water and sanitation for all.



By a text on the human right to water and sanitation, the Assembly expressed deep concern that some 884 million people were without access to safe drinking water and more than 2.6 billion lacked access to basic sanitation.  Bearing in mind the commitment to fully achieve the Millennium Development Goals, it expressed alarm that 1.5 million children under five years old died each year as a result of water- and sanitation-related diseases, acknowledging that safe, clean drinking water and sanitation were integral to the realization of all human rights.

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The Observer for Palestine welcomed the adoption and affirmed the right of access to clean water and sanitation as universal human rights that should be enjoyed by all people, including those living under occupation.  Indeed, access to water and sanitation was a key final-status issue with regard to the Israeli-Palestinian question.  Israel’s ongoing violations of the Palestinian people’s access to water hampered their enjoyment of other rights, he said, noting that, among other grievances, Palestinians were only allowed access to 10 per cent of their own water.  He called on Israel to comply with its international obligation to ensure access to water, as well as its other international obligations.

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