‘Pakistani children pump water from a well in the capital, Islamabad – 21 June 2010 Many people around the world have little or no access to clean drinking water Continue reading the main story. The UN has declared that access to clean water and sanitation is a fundamental human right. About 1.5m children under five die each year from water and sanitation-related diseases. The resolution was passed with 122 nations in favour, none against and 41 abstentions.
Abstaining countries said the resolution could undermine a process in the UN’s Human Rights Council in Geneva to build a consensus on water rights.