Denmark, Iceland and Sweden abstained in UN clean-water-for-all vote

Iceland, Sweden and Denmark were among the 41 countries which chose to abstain in a United Nations vote to enshrine access to fresh drinking water as a fundamental human right for all.

122 nations voted for the motion, 41 abstained and none voted against.

Australia, the USA, Canada, New Zealand and the UK were among other abstentions, while Norway and Finalnd supported the vote.

According to Iceland’s Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Iceland fully supports the notion of access to fresh water as the right of everybody on Earth – but Iceland apparently chose to abstain because it believes the ruling stood to undermine a water rights agreement the UN Human Rights Council is currently preparing, RUV reports.

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