More Valuable than Gold

Advocating for the right to water in the context of megaprojects

Please join the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice, Franciscans International, and UN Human Rights Special Procedures for an exciting and timely conversation about efforts—from the UN level to the most local—to respect, protect, and fulfil the right to water.

Industrial mining and other megaprojects pose serious risks of contamination and diminished water in communities worldwide. The Special Rapporteur on the Right to Water and Sanitation, Mr. Léo Heller, recently published a report that examined the impact of megaprojects, and presents a megaproject cycle framework for the realization of the rights to water and sanitation. Special Rapporteur Heller is joined by Global Justice Clinic Director Margaret Satterthwaite and Haitian human rights activist Nixon Boumba. Professor Satterthwaite and Mr. Boumba recently completed a baseline study on the right to water in communities threatened by mining in Northern Haiti. The primary goal of the study, conducted together with local residents and organizations as well as a team of hydrologists, is to establish baseline water conditions before mining activity occurs. If companies contaminate the water in the future, communities will aim to use the data to hold companies to account.

Date: 21 October 2019
Time: 12.45 - 14.00
Location: Furman Hall Room 212, 245 Sullivan Street, New York.

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Photo Credit: © Gustave Deghilage