September 15, 2011

Intervention by the Indonesian Delegation At the 18th Session of the Human Rights Council : Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation

Madame President,

My delegation thanks the Special Rapporteur for her presentation and appreciates her report focusing on national and local planning for the implementation of the rights to water and to sanitation, highlighting the importance of having a vision and political will to ensure the realization of these particular rights.

Indonesia welcomes the conclusion and comprehensive recommendation to increase the consolidated approach and planning for the implementation of the rights to water and sanitation. We subscribe particularly on the need to develop strategies and plans through a participatory and inclusive process ensuring, in particular, that disadvantaged and vulnerable people and communities are represented. We are of the view that such method would at the very least ensure that all sectors of society may obtain adequate access to water and sanitation.

Indonesia continues to fulfil the rights to water and sanitation through various plans and programs at the national and regional level. The proportion of households which have the access to decent drinking water resources and sanitation in Indonesia has increased during the past decade.

Indonesia had conducted several efforts which included providing sets of rules, plannings and programs at the national and local level to support drinking water services; improving the development planning of water supply system through the formulation of a water supply system master plan; increasing the performance of water management; human resources capacity building, both by institutions and society; and increasing intergovernmental cooperation, among government, society, and private sectors; and optimizing the utilization of funds.

We are of the view that one of the best method in the fulfilment of this right is to increase people and community participation through education on how to access and use hygienic water, protection of water sources and methods to minimize waste of water, which includes the promotion of healthy and hygienic living through advocacy and capacity building.   Indonesia has been conducting some learning models regarding the effective use, conservation and preservation of water resources, as well as environmental science in all Education Level, implementation of “Green School” activities, “ENO” (Environment Online Program) and “Tree Planting Day” which involve students of Primary and Secondary Schools.

The Government of Indonesia has also been conducting Drinking Water Supply Programs and Community Based Sanitation Activities that include educating communities and supplying drinking water facilities and rural basic sanitation to poor people with the objective to leverage health status, productivity, and life quality of low income society in rural areas, especially in fulfilling the need of safe drinking water and sanitation.

Madame President,

We consider that consolidated planning is not the only solution to solve and fulfil this right as there is the dire need to integrate the solution with the issue of climate change which may result in the increasing scarcity of water and drought. At this juncture, my delegation wishes to submit the following question to the Special Rapporteur on how to link and integrate the planning for the fulfilment of the right to water and sanitation with the Climate Change Adaptation.

I wish to conclude by reiterating our support for the work done by the Special Rapporteur and wish her success in her future endeavours.

Thank you.

Geneva, 15 September 2011

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