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WaterLex

WaterLex
WMO Building, 2nd Floor
7 bis avenue de la Paix
1202 Geneva
Tel: 
+41 (0) 22 907 36 46
Description

WaterLex is an international public interest development organization based in Geneva. It is a UN-Water Partner with UN ECOSOC special consultative status. Its mission is to develop sustainable solutions based on human rights to improve water governance worldwide, particularly in regard to consistent water law and policy frameworks. 

Organization: 
Non-governmental and business organizations
Established: 
2010
Staff: 
15
Chief/Director: 
Executive Director Jean-Benoit Charrin
Activities: 

WaterLex works with an alliance of interested parties to improve water-governance frameworks, bringing them in line with country obligations under international human rights law. Through legal research, services and capacity building, the WaterLex Legal Desk advises and supports governments, parliamentarians, national human rights institutions, and non-state actors, including business and NGOs, in their individual and collective response at national, regional, and international levels. The Operations Desk develops and refines methodologies, tools, and training materials, disseminating knowledge to governments, amongst practitioners, and within civil society, about practical ways to respond to the obligations and/or responsibilities of state and non-state actors in the field of water-related human rights. 

Cooperation: 

WaterLex works with UN organizations, such as UNEP, UNDP and UNESCO-IHE, international aid agencies, development cooperation agencies, and NGOs. It collaborates with individuals and groups working in government (diplomatic missions), academia (professors of law, researchers), bilateral cooperation (water management advisors), the judiciary (high/supreme courts judges), the UN system (UN-Water family members), and civil society (NGOs that work on water issues). WaterLex partners with 85 universities to continuously enrich the content of the WaterLex Legal Database.

Keywords: 
Climate Change
health
law
land & landuse
Water
conventions
freshwater
public awareness
poverty
energy
water & sanitation