Tuesday, 6 April 2010

Queuing all the way to Washington DC...

Steve Cockburn
End Water Poverty

80 countries. Tens of thousands of people. The World’s Longest Toilet Queue was simply amazing!

A huge well done and a massive thank you from all of us at End Water Poverty to all of you who worked so hard to organise incredible events all across the world.

Just as the leaders of Burkina Faso, Nepal, Ghana and South Africa were not spared the sight of their citizens demanding action for sanitation, nor were those in and around the White House, the Eiffel Tower, the Brandenburg Gate or House of Commons.

There are some tremendous photos you can see of what happened, and some amazing success stories. We’re still gathering them all, and we’ll keep sharing, but what we have so far is sensational. The biggest coordinated global campaign on sanitation the world has seen (until next year).

What’s next? Where is this queue leading? In your country, make sure you use it as a tool for change and be following up the demands you made of your national leaders. Internationally we will be taking your voices and representing your events to ministers and policy makers attending the High-Level Meeting on Sanitation and Water taking place in Washington DC, 23 April.

We have representatives from Europe, Africa and South Asia taking your voices to this meeting, and representing the common demands you can read in our international manifesto. We’ll be showcasing the videos and photographs to officials, politicians and media too, so that they know there is a global movement waiting to see what they do, and ready to call them up on it they are timid.

We’ll make sure your voice is heard, and will keep you updated here. Until then, keep campaigning and keep spreading the message to join the queue online.

Thank you!!

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