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WaterLex is an international public interest development organization based in Geneva, Switzerland. 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. It works with an alliance of interested parties to improve water-governance frameworks, bringing them in line with country obligations under international human rights law. The interested parties are 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 works in partnership with 85 universities to continuously enrich the content of the WaterLex Legal Database. The organisation is funded by grants and project financing from public agencies, foundations, private gifts, and in-kind contributions. Established in 2010, when the human right to water was recognised by the UN, the organisation has a secretariat in Geneva, a supervisory board of directors, and a large pool of members and expert advisors. It is an official member of the Global Water Partnership, UNDP Cap-Net, UNDP Global Water Solidarity, UNEP Global Wastewater, and the Swiss Water Partnership.


  • Formation régionale sur la gestion intégrée des ressources en eau (GIRE) en Afrique

    WaterLex a offert une formation de deux jours sur la Gestion Intégrée des Ressources en Eau (GIRE) à des représentants de ministères et de la société civile de huit pays africains francophones. Dix-neuf participants en provenance du Bénin, Burkina Faso, Cameroun, République démocratique du Congo, Maroc, Niger, Sénégal et du Tchad ont pris part à […]
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  • A year of events and training!

    From Switzerland to Cambodia, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia to Bulgaria, The Netherlands to Lebanon, Hungary to India, Nepal to Italy: WaterLex has taken the lead at training events and meetings in many countries this year to advance the human rights to water and sanitation globally, and to bring a human-rights based-approach to many aspects […]
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  • WaterLex formation: “La Gestion Intégrée des Ressources en Eau (GIRE) en Afrique”

    Avec le soutien de la République et Canton de Genève, WaterLex accueillera cette formation à Genève pendant 1-2 Décembre: “La Gestion Intégrée des Ressources en Eau (GIRE) en Afrique: Pour une gouvernance de l’eau qui intègre les Objectifs de Développement Durable (ODDs) et les droits humains à l’eau et à l’assainissement.” Cette formation vise à permettre au public […]
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  • WaterLex at the 2016 Budapest Water Summit

    The Budapest Water Summit will take place 28-30 November 2016, and is organised by the Hungarian Government in cooperation with the World Water Council, under the patronage of János Áder, President of Hungary. The organisers have invited WaterLex to be a part of this important event. WaterLex Director General Amanda Loeffen will be speaking on “Good Water Governance […]
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  • Looking Ahead to the WWDR2018

    Dr Florian Thevenon represented WaterLex in Perugia, Italy on 13-14 September at the Inception Workshop of the 2018 World Water Development Report (WWDR2018), organized by the United Nations World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP) of UNESCO. Over thirty experts convened to discuss the scope, structure, and content of the WWDR2018. The report will focus on opportunities […]
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  • Workshops in Nepal and India: Human Right to Safe Drinking Water

    Freshwater Action Network South Asia (FANSA) organised consultative workshops on Human Right to Safe Drinking Water in association with WaterLex and Antenna Technologies in Nepal and India. WaterLex, with Antenna Technologies, FANSA and other partners, are working on a “Safe Water Project” for scaling up safe water solutions in Nepal, India and Pakistan. In July […]
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Water Stewardship – New legal challengesTuesday, 14. April 2015 EXCO - Swiss booth

Thematic expertise

Integrated Water Resources Management

  • National/transboundary watershed management (including policy/institutional issues)
  • Water policy (processes at international and national levels)

Water for people

  • Legal and regulatory frameworks
  • Human right to water and sanitation (include water quality, equity, accountability, etc.)
  • Realising interconnected human rights: right to water, sanitation, food, healthy environment / rights of indigenous populations / rights of future generations

Water for food

Realising interconnected human rights: right to water, sanitation, food, healthy environment / rights of indigenous populations / rights of future generations

Water for other uses

  • Corporate risks and opportunities (including water footprint, water stewardship)

Geographic expertise

Contact Person

Lynn Sorrentino - info@waterlex.org


  • Joint evaluation: Sugarcane to Ethanol Project in Sierrra Leone

    Addax Bioenergy, a division of the Swiss-based energy corporation Addax & Oryx Group (AOG) is developing an agricultural project in the Makeni region (Sierra Leone) to produce fuel ethanol for European markets. This project has been closely followed by the Swiss NGO Bread for all (Pain pour le prochain), EED and Bread for World, Germany, […]
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  • Uganda Country Mapping: The Status of Implementation and Monitoring of the Human Right to Water and Sanitation

    This WaterLex 2015 publication: Country Mapping: The Status of Implementation and Monitoring of the Human Right to Water and Sanitation in Uganda is available here to download. Executive Summary Access to safe water and sanitation is a human right, as recognized in 2010 by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). The Human Right to Water […]
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  • ToolKit for Water Program Managers

    The Toolkit aims at assisting development practitioners in effectively contributing to the realization of the human right to water and sanitation in the country of intervention. This material is structured according to the Project Cycle Management (PCM).
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  • Country Assessment – Niger

    A UNDP/GWS feasibility study on decentralized cooperation mechanisms at the national level in Niger (in French).
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  • WaterLex Legal Database

    The WaterLex Legal Database (WLD) provides direct access to legal and political sources on the human right to water and sanitation: International Conventions, National Strategies, National Policies, National Law, and Political Declarations (UN resolutions). The WLD has been designed as an evolving tool, based on iterative review and providing up-to-date information. It aims at bridging […]
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