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  • FCAS: What is the Fund

    FCAS: What is the Fund

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      The Fund’s commitment

      Spain approaches access to water and sanitation on the assumption that the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals the full attainment of human rights. In this regard, Spain has played a pioneering role in the recognition of the human right to water and sanitation, promoting them together with Germany since 2006, under the auspices of the United Nations.

      This work was rewarded on 28 July 2010 with the approval by the UN General Assembly of Resolution A/RES/64/292, which formally acknowledges "the importance of equitable access to safe and clean drinking water and sanitation as an integral component of the realization of all human rights". In 2015, the United Nations, at the instigation of Spain, recognised the human right to sanitation as a specific right, with the idea of reinforcing its importance.

      In November 2007, during the 17th Ibero-American Summit, the President of the Government of Spain announced the creation of the Cooperation Fund for Water and Sanitation (FCAS) for Latin America and the Caribbean. FCAS embodies Spanish Cooperation's commitment to human rights in this area.


      HUMAN RIGHTS AND THE 2030 AGENDA

      Recognition of the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation is one of the priorities of Spanish foreign policy on human rights.

      FCAS is one of Spain's most powerful instruments in this regard; it was established with the aim of implementing the human right to water and sanitation, prioritising the most fragile countries and the most vulnerable populations. Amongst its inspiring principles, rights are recognised as elements to guide its interventions, promoting sustainable, participatory, and transparent water management, guaranteeing universal access and avoiding any type of exclusion.

      During the early stages of implementation, FCAS focused primarily on certain principles and categories of human rights, such as the expansion of water and sanitation coverage, the sustainability of systems, and the availability and quality of water resources. However, it can be argued that there is still ample room for more completely integrating these elements into the Fund's practice.

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