The water we share
Water resources around the globe are running scarce, turning this essential source of life into an increasingly politicised issue in many regions, reaching beyond the North-South divide. Behind this lies the question of water security – securing a sustainable access to water. First recognised by the Human Rights Council (HRC) in 2010, the human right to water and sanitation now faces questions over the very nature of water ownership, while competition over access to cross-border water bodies is also on the rise. We travel around the world, from Chile, where activists are fighting to end a constitutional system of water privatization, to Syria, where protracted conflict and dam-building upstream by neighboring Turkey are causing a water crisis. From water sources to farmlands, Geneva Solutions explores the handling of this resource we all share, and responses coming from the Geneva-based international community.