Mikhail Gorbachev, the last leader of the USSR and founder of Green Cross International, published an op-ed in the New York Times about the ongoing efforts at the UN to recognize right to water and sanitation as a basic human right. It is exciting to see water and sanitation issues take center stage at world forums not just as an important issue but as a essential human right. As Mr. Gorbachev says, this is indeed a great achievement. 190 countries have signed on, yet, countries like Canada and United States have refused to come on board.

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