Dialogues on Indigenous Peoples’ territories: stories of resilience | Session IV: State of realization of the rights to safe drinking water and sanitation for Indigenous Peoples
About the series
The Dialogues on Indigenous Peoples’ territories: stories of resilience is an initiative to start conversations on Indigenous Peoples, their realities, endeavours, and positive contributions on issues of global concern. The objective will involve students, scholars, the faculty, civil society, and the larger public in meaningful discussions to foster theoretical and practical engagement to advance Indigenous Peoples’ rights. The dialogues are coordinated by McGill Doctoral Candidate Luisa Castaneda-Quintana, in collaboration with the Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism and the Indigenous Law Association / Association du Droit Autochtone (ILADA).
In this dialogue, the UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation will present his recent report about the state of realization of the right to safe drinking water and sanitation for Indigenous Peoples, addressing the constraints and failures in the fulfilment of these rights. We will talk about the key findings of the report, including self-determination, community-based water management and ancestral knowledge of Indigenous Peoples.
About the speaker
Pedro Arrojo-Agudo, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation
Mr. Pedro Arrojo-Agudo is the Special Rapporteur on the human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation. Previously, from 2016 to 2019, Arrojo-Agudo served as an elected member (MP) of the Spanish Parliament during its eleventh and twelfth legislature, during which he was part of the International Cooperation Committee working on human rights. Arrojo-Agudo was Professor in the Area of Fundamentals of Economic Analysis at the University of Zaragoza (1989-2011), and has been professor emeritus since 2011. In 2002, Arrojo-Agudo co-founded the New Water Culture Foundation (NWCF), an Iberian non-profit organization with more than 200 members from academia, public administration and stakeholders in the water sector, which aims to promote a change towards a new water culture. In 2003, Arrojo-Agudo was awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize for his contributions to conservation of water ecosystems and his involvement in water conflicts that affect human rights of communities in vulnerable situations.
For more information: luisa.castanedaquintana [at] mail.mcgill.ca