A side event was organized between India and the European Union in Geneva, the capital of Switzerland. The importance of safe drinking water and sanitation was highlighted for achieving gender equality between the two sides.
Geneva, ANI. India and the European Union organized an event on behalf of the Human Rights Council on the importance of access to safe drinking water and sanitation for achieving gender equality. The side event highlighted the interrelationship between access to water and all human rights and the need for a systematic and comprehensive approach to ensure the right to safe drinking water and sanitation.
Hybrid side event organized
In a statement to the United Nations, the European Union said in a statement, “The Permanent Mission of India and the European Union delegation to the United Nations and other international organizations in Geneva met on Friday (24 June 2022) during the ongoing 50th regular session of the Human Rights Council on Gender Equality. Organized a hybrid side event for the realization of the rights to safe drinking water and sanitation.
Side event got support from these countries
The side event received cross-sectoral support from the Permanent Missions of Germany, Spain, Bolivia, Mexico, Gaban, Namibia, The Gambia, Republic of Korea, Fiji, the United Arab Emirates and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.
Access to safe drinking water is an important right
Indra Mani Pandey, Ambassador of India’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations and other international organizations in Geneva, said, “Human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation are some of the most important economic, social and cultural rights. These are enabling rights that make possible the enjoyment of other human rights. For example, the right to the highest attainable standard of health, the right to adequate food, the right to adequate housing and the right to education are all closely intertwined with these rights. They are even more relevant to the attainment of gender equality.
Lack of water adversely affected the lives of women
Indra Mani Pandey said, ‘There is enough data to prove that lack of access to drinking water and sanitation has an adverse impact on the lives of women and girls, especially on their health, mobility and safety.’ Let us tell you, 12 years ago the United Nations General Assembly explicitly recognized ‘the right to safe and clean drinking water and sanitation as a human right’, recognizing that clean drinking water and sanitation are essential for the realization of all human rights. were necessary.
EU invests more than 2.5 billion euros
Ambassador Lotte Knudsen, head of the EU delegation, said: “The EU and its member states are the world’s largest donors of official development aid. We apply a human rights-based approach to ensure that outcomes are inclusive and sustainable. Over the past decade, the EU has invested more than 2.5 billion euros in water and sanitation.