Asia-Pacific Heads of State recognise Right to Water as human right

Coming from all sectors and societies, leaders of the Asia-Pacific met in December 2007 during the two-day Asia-Pacific Water Summit in Beppu, Japan to discuss future commitments to water-related issues in the region. Following the meeting, the leaders agreed to several points, including recognising people’s right to safe drinking water and basic sanitation and taking urgent and effective action to prevent and reduce the risk of flood, drought and other water-related disasters. This recognition of the Right to Water is an unequivocal success for the international Right to Water campaign led by Green Cross International since 2004. This Beppu declaration was unanimously endorsed by the participants of the Asia-Pacific Water Summit.

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