In July 2010, the United Nations General Assembly recognised the human right to water and sanitation as a right in and of itself, and fundamental to the realisation of all human rights. This right has been implicitly and explicitly recognised in treaties and conventions from 1948?s Universal Declaration of Human Rights through to the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women, and the 2012 Rio+20 summit outcome document, The Future We Want.
In 2015, people around the world will again come together to join forces ?this time to demand that their human right to water and sanitation is realised, so they can access water and sanitation which is affordable, safe and acceptable.
In cities and the countryside, in Africa, Asia, the Americas and Europe, people will walk in solidarity with the millions still forced to walk for water and defecate in the open; they will ask governments to keep the promises they have made realising people?s rights to water and sanitation; they will demand that they have the water and sanitation
they need to live healthy and fulfilled lives, and which is theirs by right.
This year?s mobilisation is at the same time that UN member states have their final discussions on what the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that will shape what official development policy for the next 15 years will look like ? and we can use the opportunity to put across our message that everyone?s human right to water and sanitation is fulfilled.
In solidarity with the World Water Day walk globally, SERAC-Bangladesh, Youth Coalition for Climate Justice, WBB Trust, NGO Forum for Public Health, Mastul Foundation, Bangladesh Paribesh Andolon (BAPA), Nirapad Development Foundation, Oronodoyer Torun Dal, BCHRD and Protyasha jointly hosted a walk and human chain in Dhaka on 22 March 2015. SERAC-Bangladesh was led by Munsafa Tripiti, A.S. Juel and Mamun Repon while many others joined the walk.