Monday, 26 July 2010

A call for global representatives

Following years of campaigning by End Water Poverty and its friends, April 2010 saw the launch of the Sanitation and Water for All partnership at the High-Level Meeting on Sanitation and Water held in Washington DC.

This exciting partnership brings together governments, UN agencies and civil society organisations from all over the world to try and mobilise the political will and resources needed drive progress towards achieving sanitation and water for all.

As it goes forward, End Water Poverty has a crucial role to play at the heart of the partnership to make it deliver for communities denied their rights to these most basic services. As well as campaigning, it includes facilitating the input of civil society organisations into the committee that governs the group’s activities.

Currently we are running a process to nominate six representatives – 2 from Africa, 2 from Asia and 2 from donor countries – to sit on the steering committee (three of these will be ‘alternates’ or ‘reserves’).

There is one week left to put yourself forward – the deadline is 2nd August – so if you are interested in playing a leading role, and you have the time and experience needed, do consider doing so. You’ll attend six meetings a year (four by teleconference) with key players in the sector, and will be expected to feedback to and consult the broader network to represent views of the whole constituency. You can read a brief on how civil society can get involved, and a role description of a representative here.

There are processes running in Africa (coordinated by ANEW), Asia (coordinated by FANSA) and in donor countries (coordinated through a sub-set of End Water Poverty members). If you are interested then get in touch with stevecockburn@endwaterpoverty.org to find out more.

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