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The Right to Water: Emergence, Definition, Current Situation, and Stakeholder Positions

March, 2008

The concept of the “Right to Water” has emerged over the past few years, emphasizing a human-centered approach to meeting basic needs among vulnerable populations. The concept's scope gathered momentum in 2002 when the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) adopted General Comment No. 15, which, for the first time, recognized the right to water as a fundamental human right.

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