Five years ago this week, the United Nations adopted a historic resolution recognizing the human rights to safe and clean drinking water and sanitation as “essential for the full enjoyment of the right to life.” For those of us in the balcony of the General Assembly that day, the atmosphere was tense. A number of powerful countries had lined up to oppose it, and we expected the vote to be close.
“Water is life,” said Pablo Solon, Bolivian ambassador to the UN, who introduced the resolution. He reminded the assembly that people are composed of about two-thirds water and our blood flows like a network of rivers to transport nutrients and energy to our bodies.
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