chapter  14
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Seeing through the concept of water as a human right in Bolivia

The concept of the Human Right to Water has been a signi¼cant discourse in the water sector for some time, but on July 28, 2010 it achieved a higher status as the international water justice movement and the Bolivian government presented a resolution to the United Nations General Assembly, which lead to the declaration of the Human Right to Safe and Clean Drinking Water and Sanitation. This was an important victory for an international campaign that strives for more equitable water provision. Many of the ensuing debates have focused on the challenges in recognizing and implementing the principle, but there has been less discussion about what the right to water means conceptually, and how it forms the basis for policy within the water sector.