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GENERAL
A/HRC/RES/12/8
12 October 2009
Original: ENGLISH

HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL
Twelfth session
Agenda item 3
PROMOTION AND PROTECTION OF ALL HUMAN RIGHTS, CIVIL,
POLITICAL, ECONOMIC, SOCIAL AND CULTURAL RIGHTS,
INCLUDING THE RIGHT TO DEVELOPMENT
Resolution adopted by the Human Rights Council*
12/8. Human rights and access to safe drinking water and sanitation
The Human Rights Council,
Reaffirming all previous resolutions of the Council on human rights and access to safe
drinking water and sanitation, inter alia, resolution 7/22 of 28 March 2008, in which the Council
created the mandate of independent expert on human rights obligations related to access to safe
drinking water and sanitation,
Recalling the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on
Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights,
the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, the
Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, the Convention
on the Rights of the Child and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities,
Recalling also relevant provisions of declarations and programmes with regard to access to
safe drinking water and sanitation adopted by major United Nations conferences and summits,
and by the General Assembly at its special sessions and during follow-up meetings, inter alia, the
Mar del Plata Action Plan on Water Development and Administration, adopted at the
United Nations Water Conference in March 1977, Agenda 21, adopted at the United Nations
Conference on Environment and Development in June 1992, and the Habitat Agenda, adopted at
the second United Nations Conference on Human Settlements in 1996,
*

The resolutions and decisions adopted by the Human Rights Council will be contained in the report of the Council
on its twelfth session (A/HRC/12/50), chap. I.

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