Water as a human right for the Middle East and North Africa

Water as a human right for the Middle East and North Africa

What does water as a human right mean in the Middle East and North Africa region?

In 1992, a United Nations declaration proclaimed water as a human right. However, the water profession and the vast majority of governments in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region have not paid much attention.

This online book systematically analyses the legal development of the concept of water as a human right with particular reference to MENA countries. It considers:

  • implications for national governments, and international and national organisations
  • progress made in different MENA countries - in particular the Palestinian Occupied Territories, Egypt and Lebanon 
  • water governance and rights-based approaches
  • the right to water and the MDGs
  • the role of civil society and the private sector 
  • obstacles to universal access to water-related services and how they can be overcome.

[adapted from the authors]

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