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UN EXPERT ON RIGHT TO SAFE DRINKING WATER AND SANITATION LAUNCHES FIRST VISIT TO JORDAN

UN EXPERT ON RIGHT TO SAFE DRINKING WATER AND SANITATION LAUNCHES FIRST VISIT TO JORDAN
6 March 2014

United Nations Special Rapporteur Catarina de Albuquerque will visit Jordan from 11 to 16 March 2014 to assess measures implemented by the State to prioritize and manage scarce water resources and wastewater, which are under increased pressure by the spike of conflict-related refugees.

“I will also look at the specific situation of potentially marginalized groups of people in terms of access to water and sanitation, including migrants, minorities, prisoners, refugees and those living in informal urban settlements,” said the independent expert charged by the United Nations Human Rights Council to monitor, report and advise on the realization of the human rights to water and sanitation worldwide.

Ms. de Albuquerque, who is visiting the country at the invitation of the Jordanian authorities, will meet with representatives from the Government, as well as from international organizations, civil society and communities in Amman and Mafraq.

She will also have a meeting with His Royal Highness Prince El Hassan bin Talal, Chair of the United Nations Secretary-General’s Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation.

At the end of her first official visit to Jordan, the expert will share the preliminary findings of her visit with the media at a press conference on 16 March at 12:00 am, at the Le Meridien Hotel Amman.

Based on the information obtained during the week-long mission, the Special Rapporteur will present a comprehensive report to a forthcoming session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, which will include her final findings and recommendations to the Government of Jordan.

Catarina de Albuquerque is the first United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to safe drinking water and sanitation.  She was appointed by the Human Rights Council in 2008.  Ms. de Albuquerque is a Professor at the Law Faculties of the Universities of Braga, Coimbra and of the American University’s Washington College of Law.  She is a senior legal advisor at the Prosecutor General’s Office.  Learn more, log on to: 
http://www.ohchr.org/EN/Issues/WaterAndSanitation/SRWater/Pages/SRWaterIndex.aspx

UN Human Rights, country page – Jordan: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/Countries/MENARegion/Pages/JOIndex.aspx

For more information and press inquiries, please contact in Amman:
Nora Isayan (+ 962 79 8557128 / nora.isayan@one.un.org)
Madoka Saji (+41 79 444 4332 / msaji@ohchr.org) or write to srwatsan@ohchr.org
  
For media inquiries related to other UN independent experts:
Xabier Celaya, UN Human Rights – Media Unit (+ 41 22 917 9383 / xcelaya@ohchr.org)  

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