Thursday, 7 April 2011

Second report from LDC prep meeting in New York

Here's a second report (read their first report here) from Inna and Prince, who are water and sanitation campaigners from Burkina Faso and Liberia. They're in New York to lobby a prep com for the UN Conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDC-IV), to be held in Istanbul in May:

The Intergovernmental Preparatory Committee for the fourth United Nations Conference on the LDCs continued this week with reviews and agreements on the contents, structure and sentence styles of various paragraphs of the introduction, goals, objectives, and principles of the draft program of action that will be submitted to the May Istanbul conference (LDC-IV). So it has been crucial to be here to talk with delegates and influence sections of the draft connected to water and sanitation.

In continuation of our lobbying efforts to increase the prioritization and visibility of water, sanitation and hygiene in the Istanbul Program of Action, we were able to meet with seven countries permanent mission and government delegations either in whole or in part. The country permanent missions and government delegations we held lobbying talks with included Bangladesh, China, Mali, Mauritania, Nepal, Togo, representatives of CANZ (Canada, Australia and New Zealand) and Senegal. Also we met with the chairman and some members of the G77 delegation.

Prince and Inna with delegations from Mali, Guinea and Mauritiana

Some of those we met advised that we develop a sentence or paragraph for their consideration as we would like to see it in the Istanbul Program for Action in addition to the current ones on water and sanitation and make it available to them to consider as they draft. This is a great opportunity! We have therefore developed three paragraphs from the recommendations made in the civil society manifesto.

We also got some more details on the civil society forum which will run alongside the LDC-IV. It will run from 7th to the 13th May 2011. We look forward to influencing there, but still much work to do here this week! We'll keep you updated here.

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