Statement by Indonesia Delegation at the 30th Session of the Human Rights Council – Interactive Dialogue with the SR on Water and Sanitation *
We take note of the reports of both Special Rapporteurs.
We concur that ensuring affordability of water and sanitation is a complex issue which requires different and coordinated efforts from different contexts.
In this regard, it is primarily the responsibility of the State to ensure the promotion of the rights to water and sanitation based on principle of non-discrimination.
Indonesia has recognized the right to water as an essential part of human rights, as mandated by Indonesian Constitution in Article 33 paragraph 3 which states that “The land and the waters as well as the natural riches therein are to be controlled by the state and to be exploited to the greatest benefit of the people”.
The Government of Indonesia with the constructive cooperation with partners continues to implement our policies such as Community Based Sanitation and Drinking Water Supply program.
Currently, the proportion of households in Indonesia that have access to improved sanitation facilities has increased from 55.53% in 2010 to 69.4 % in 2013.
Nevertheless, as a populous and an archipelagic country, challenges remains for Indonesia as the fulfilment of the right to water and sanitation has to reach each and every person at all times regardless of where and in what condition they are.
In this regard, as mentioned in the report, Indonesia has in place a regulation that guarantees affordability of access to water and sanitation. Even in particular instances and areas in Indonesia, water and sanitations are provided free.
However, we also note the SR view that underlines the role of States importance to maintain affordable access in favour of measures that aim to secure economic and environmental sustainability.
Therefore, we would like to seek the view of the Special Rapporteur on the best possible ways to effectively meet the need of affordability of water and sanitation while securing economic and environmental sustainability, especially in regards in achieving goal 6 of the SDGs to ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.
I thank you, Mr. President
Geneva, 15 September 2015
* delivered by ms. Ade Safira