End Water Poverty’s partners and members organised Crisis Talks – public hearings in local communities with government ministers where people affected by the water and sanitation crisis were able to speak out about life without these basic services – to encourage decision makers of all levels to take action to increase water and sanitation provision worldwide, and to emphasise the importance of the Sanitation and Water for All High Level Meeting (HLM), an international meeting to be held in Washington DC on 20 April 2012 when world leaders from the Global North and South will meet to act upon the water and sanitation crisis.
In Nepal, Sanitary workers reported on the sanitation crisis to their Minister of Local Development and State Minister of Finance. They displayed a photo exhibition of public toilets to highlight the need to improve sanitation and a documentary was shown on the state of toilets in urban areas.
Whilst in the UK, WaterAid supporters met their MPs, including Julian Huppert MP, Sheila Gilmore MP and Alison McGovern MP, to talk about the fundamental role water and sanitation provision plays in development and to encourage high level attendance at the HLM.
Crisis Talks were also held in Bangladesh, India, Tanzania, Mali, and Sierra Leone.
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