In addition to functioning as a binding piece
of international law for ratifying nations, the UNWC would also act as a depoliticised manual of legal best practices from which South Asia's riparian countries may draw in drafting fair and equitable multilateral and bilateral water sharing agreements.
"While Senator Francis Escudero, head of the appropriations bill bicam committee, has manifested that the bicam hearings for this year will be made public, it would still be far better if we can pass a binding piece
of legislation that would require the live streaming of all legislative proceedings," Ridon said.
"The two parties can compromise over the other elements [of CPA] but not in the conduct of the referendum because it is the only binding piece
of hope left with the people of South Sudan," he said.
While the declaration is not a legally binding piece
of international law, it could lead in this direction.
In passing, the Commission points out that this is simply a Recommendation, and not a binding piece
According to this binding piece
of legislation, changes have to be both affordable and cost-driven.