Basic Human Rights
According to the United Nations Secretary General, Kofi Annan, the right to water and sanitation is an indispensable human right. The recognition of water and sanitation as human rights is key to achieving universal access to safe water and sanitation (END Water Poverty, 2010). In compliance with the Resolution A/HRC/15/L.14, the UN Human Rights Council, responsible for mainstreaming human rights within the UN system, adopted this consensus resolution affirming that water and sanitation are human rights. Venezuela, a member of the United Nations committee, places an expectation upon this commodity. To clarify, the UN secretary general asserted, "A right to water and sanitation does not mean that water should be free." Rather, he said, it means that water and sanitation services should be affordable and available for all, and that member states must do everything in their power to make this happen. The Venezuelan government believes that water should be conserved properly in order to preserve the water resource for future generations. Venezuela is one of the few countries in Latin America that complied with the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (United Nations, 2011). Therefore, Venezuela firmly believes that those contentions should be surpassed in order to remain providing a basic human right that every individual ought to obtain.