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News The Netherlands supports officially the right to water - The Prince of Orange brings his support to the right to water

Maxime Verhagen - Minister of Foreign Affairs, The Netherlands stated on 3d March at the Humlan rights Council :
“For people to live their lives in dignity, it is important to fulfil not only their civil and political rights, but also their economic, social and cultural rights. President Roosevelt rightly included ‘freedom from want’ among his famous four freedoms. In that sense, I am proud to announce here today that the Netherlands will join the group of countries who have recognised the right to water as a human right. Merely recognising the right to water as a human right will not solve this pressing issue, but I am certain that it is a powerful incentive to increase access to water for the poor. I hope the Human Rights Council will reach a clear consensus that the right to water is indeed a human right, so that we can all make visible progress on this important issue.”

The Prince of Orange brings his support to the right to water

On World Water Day 2008, in Geneva Prince of Orange stated  :
 “Recognition of the right to water is helpful because it focuses interventions on the poorest and most vulnerable people, combats discrimination against and exclusion of certain groups and encourages people to stand up for their rights. I sincerely hope that the Human Rights Council will soon reach a clear consensus on the right to water and sanitation, but recognition of that right is not enough. It is a first step towards more commitment, more money and more action.”

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Keyword(s) right to water
Geographical coverage Netherlands
News date 22/04/2008
Working language(s) ENGLISH