Item 3 - Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation.
Statement by Iceland on behalf of the Nordic-Baltic countries
to be delivered by the Permanent Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, H.E. Martin Eyjólfsson
14 September 2023
I have the honour to deliver this statement on behalf of the Nordic-Baltic countries.
We thank the Special Rapporteur for his report that emphasizes the importance of restoring the good condition of the aquatic ecosystems that supply water to ensure the right to safe and clean drinking water and sanitation.
We concur that equal access to drinking water and sanitation goes hand in hand with the importance of climate change adaptation strategies to counter the increasing risks of drought and floods caused by climate change. The overexploitation and pollution of aquatic ecosystems as well as mismanagement of rivers, lakes, wetlands and aquifers and their impact on the realization of the right to safe and clean drinking water and sanitation is of great concern. These impacts are disproportionate in territories of those who suffer marginalization and discrimination.
It is clear that democratic water governance based on a human rights approach, is needed, paving a way to a new environmental regeneration model based on sustainability.
Special Rapporteur, as indicated in your report, Indigenous Peoples have effectively protected the state of aquatic ecosystems through their worldviews, practices and knowledge. How can we take this better into account?
I thank you.