Human Right to Water
The Temple of Understanding is proud of our work at the United Nations towards including the language of human rights in SDG 6, to protect our right to clean water and sanitation through the human rights framework and body of treaties. And then we carry on towards fulfillment of this sustainable development goal for everyone. Of course, protecting water is also part of eco-justice work, is essential for food sovereignty, and is particularly important for realizing SDG 5, on the rights of women and girls. Without access to clean water and sanitation, many girls drop out of school. Water is essential and water is sacred.
The Temple of Understanding promotes the human right to water through collaborative efforts at the UN. We are a member of the Mining Working Group, and through them we work with the Blue Planet Project that advocates around the globe for water rights. The Blue Planet...
The Temple of Understanding’s Executive Director Alison Van Dyk and Representative to the United Nations Grove Harris were honored to be invited to participate in the Green Attica Symposium. The symposium brought together 200 diverse thought leaders, including theologians, scientists, political and business leaders, activists, and journalists from around the globe.
The report highlights the impacts decades of trade agreements have had on global freshwater supplies and on the human rights to water and sanitation. It warns of the dire consequences of a new generation of trade agreements and calls for a drastically different trade regime that would protect people and the environment.
Roots of Change features women’s spirited calls to change our global direction. In this visually striking short film, women warn of the current realities and looming threats of food crisis, climate change, and corruption.
Recommendation for a study on sacred waters to be conducted.
This interactive dialogue will address the intersection of the human right to water and sanitation and water justice for women.