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Special Issue "Human Rights to Water and Sanitation"

A special issue of Water (ISSN 2073-4441). This special issue belongs to the section "Water Use and Scarcity".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Alejandro Jiménez Fernández de Palencia

Stockholm International Water Institute, Stockholm, Sweden
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Phone: +46 8 12 13 60 41
Interests: water governance, human rights, sustainable water and sanitation services, resilience
Guest Editor
Dr. Leo Heller

Oswaldo Cruz Foundation, Brazil; UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights to Safe Drinking Water and Sanitation
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Interests: human rights, public policies, environmental health

Special Issue Information

Dear colleagues,

Since the explicit recognition of the human right to water and sanitation by the United Nations in 2010, there have been numerous initiatives to advance in the interpretation, implementation, and realization of these rights, at different scales—from local to global—and from different stakeholders—international agencies, national governments, local authorities, civil society organizations, activists, service providers, regulators, academia, etc.

This Special Issue is dedicated to “Human Rights to Water and Sanitation” and seeks to capture the most up-to-date research and practices. We would therefore like to call for original papers from researchers, practitioners, regulators, and decision-makers about their contributions to the realization of these human rights and their intellectual reflections about the topic, from different perspectives. We are looking for papers that discuss theoretical approaches, legal and institutional frameworks, and case studies related to those rights, highlighting the normative content of the rights and principles of the human rights. Contributions that address how to increase accountability, achieve gender equality, enable meaningful participation, or ensure non-discrimination are welcomed. We are also looking to understand the synergies and tensions of the framework of the human rights to water and sanitation and the Sustainable Development Agenda, and how the interdependence and indivisibility of the rights relate to the envisioned cross-cutting approach of the 2030 goals.

In this Special Issue of Water, one focus will be discussing and disseminating existing practices in realizing the rights to water and sanitation. We are looking for cases that reflect the multitude of approaches and ideas across regions and between stakeholders and sectors, and we particularly invite practitioners and decision-makers to share successes and failures. Papers will be selected through a peer review procedure by balancing local relevance and academic rigor, with the aim of rapid and wide dissemination and application of research results.

Full research articles, reviews, as well as shorter commentary/communications from practitioners are welcome.

Dr. Alejandro Jiménez Fernández de Palencia
Dr. Leo Heller
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Water is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1600 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • Human rights
  • Water, sanitation, and hygiene
  • Sustainable development goals
  • Equality
  • Accountability

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