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Clean Water as a Human Right

Access to new resource related to solving global problems added to PMWL

20 February 2020 – Dallas, TX, USA – Access to a new resource related to solving global problems has been added to the PM World Library (PMWL).  The resources is a paper titled “Clean Water as a Human Right! Implications for Project Management” by David Pells, managing editor of the PM World Journal (PMWJ).  The paper was originally published as an editorial in the PM World Today eJournal in 2010, republished in the PMWJ in January 2018.

According to Pells’ introduction, “On July 28, 2010, the United Nations General Assembly approved a motion making access to clean water a basic human right.  Although the motion was non-binding on member countries, and 41 countries did not vote for the resolution, it was nonetheless significant.  Access to clean water is now considered a human right, along with access to food and a non-violent environment.  So what does this have to do with project management?  With nearly a billion people without access to clean water and nearly 2.5 billion without clean toilets and wastewater treatment, for one thing it means massive investment in water related projects in coming years.

But there are many other considerations as well, for example, the economics, politics and social impact of water-related projects in some parts of the world.  Even in some parts of the Northern Hemisphere, where water is generally more plentiful, there are water shortages – for example, in California where agricultural use of available water is now resulting in potential problems.

At the same time, on a planet that is 80% covered with water, it seems ironic that there are shortages.  The old adage, “water water everywhere, but not a drop to drink” comes to mind.  So what are the issues?”

To read this paper, go to the Solving Global Problems section of the library at, scroll down and click on “Access to Clean Water”.  Access is free, but you are encouraged to register.