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The United Nations and the human rights to water and sanitation by Professor Léo Heller

Date/Time: Monday 15 July 4 - 5pm

Venue: Stephenson Building F13 (Room 1.07)

Professor Léo Heller is the UN's Special Rapporteur on the Human Right to Water and Sanitation and will be visiting the university to deliver a talk on Monday 15 July. 

Prior to his current appointment, Léo Heller was Professor of the Department of Environmental Engineering at the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil.  During his career in the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Heller held several positions including Dean of Engineering and coordinator of the Graduate Program in Sanitation, the Environment and Water Resources.

Léo has extensive experience in formulating policies, teaching and researching in the field of public policy and management and of environmental health related to water and sanitation. He has been coordinating large interdisciplinary research groups and he is author of several books, book chapters and journal articles on technological, health and policy dimensions of water and sanitation. He has long tradition of working together with and taking part in social movements related to human rights to water and sanitation, especially in Latin America.

He holds a BA in civil engineering, MSc in water, sanitation and the environment and PhD in Epidemiology, with a thesis on the association between water and sanitation and health outcomes. He also carried out post-doctoral research at the University of Oxford (2005-2006), focusing on the theoretical aspects of public policy and management in the water and sanitation sector.