How can the human right to water change things for people living in water poverty?
Human rights change perspectives. A human right to water forces all of us to see water poverty as a situation of injustice – not simply misery or misfortune.
Human rights put humans first. A human right to water forces human dignity back to the center of resource management.
Human rights bring us together. They’re one way of recognizing the global moral conscience that manifests itself throughout the philosophies, religions and cultures of the world.
Human rights create ownership. A right to water encourages people to participate in the bodies and processes that govern water access. It also opens these bodies themselves to input and criticism.
Human rights motivate the big guys. Recognition of the human right to water encourages governments to justify their actions as working toward universal water access, making actions that do the opposite shameful.
Human rights encourage subsidiarity. They decentralize control over water resources, allowing access to information and genuine decision-making at the local and regional levels.
Human rights prioritize the poor. By recognizing a human right to water, governments recognize their responsibility to first assist the poorest and most marginalized.
Human rights makes sense. The simple act of recognizing a human right to water creates a logical, level playing field from which a discussion of human economics, smart infrastructure and human development may grow.