Where does the “human right to water” concept come from?

In law, the human right to water is a relatively new concept. Water was not mentioned among other human rights codified after WWII in the 1940s. Water access was only implied in international human rights treaties – probably because diplomats could not imagine the water crisis ahead.

Water access became a greater concern on the international stage in the 1970’s, and there has been a struggle to define the human right to water in law ever since. Though the Human Right to Water and Sanitation has been formally recognized, we’re still a long way from creating effective protection for that right worldwide.

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