208391 Water and human rights

Wednesday, November 11, 2009: 11:10 AM

Padmini Murthy, MD, MPH, MS, CHES , New York Medical College School of Public Health, Pleasant Valley, NY
Water is a precious commodity since the beginning of civilization and globally the human rights of citizens have been violated by their being denied access to water. Women and children have often been directly and indirectly affected by this lack of access to water. Water is an extremely valuable commodity and many lives have been lost in the quest for water. The lack of water is a huge public health challenge and, in spite of globalization and the rapid advances in science and technology, more than a billion people—almost one-fifth of the world's population—lack access to safe drinking water, and 40 percent lack access to basic sanitation, according to the 2nd United Nations World Water Development Report. In 2002, the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights recognized that water itself was an independent human right. This presentation will discuss the relationship between water and human rights and how the global public health workforce and various stakeholders can partner to safeguard the human rights of the population and ensure equal and fair access to water.

Learning Objectives:
1. Explain the relationship between water and human rights. 2. Discuss how to work as a global community to prevent the violation of human rights by promoting universal access to water.

Keywords: Water, Human Rights

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Experience in global health for over 20 years; currently direct the Global Health Certificate program at New York University; recently co-authored and co-edited a book on Women's Global Health and Human Rights (March 2009); presentations at numerous scientific meetings; established publication record.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.