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Oxfam's work with water

At a UN General Assembly in July 2010, 122 nations declared access to clean water and sanitation a human right.

For Oxfam, tackling the root causes of poverty often means addressing the water-related injustices and the power dynamics behind them. It means challenging international oil, gas, and mining companies to respect the right of communities to know what impact water-intensive extractive industries will have on their land and water supplies—and to decide if they want those projects. It means working with people to find ways to get water to their fields and closer to their homes so they can count on robust harvests and assure the health of their families. And it means helping the most vulnerable build their resilience in the face of disaster.

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