Thursday, 19 April 2012

Crucial Sanitation and Water for All High Level Meeting tomorrow

The Sanitation and Water for All High Level Meeting is taking place this Friday in Washington D.C. and Sarah from the EWP secretariat will be there to give us the up to the minute news as it happens!

The SWA is an alliance of national governments, donors, civil society organisations and other development partners working together to increase political will and improve aid-effectiveness by mobilising and better targeting resources for water supply and sanitation. The High Level Meeting will bring together Finance and Development Ministers from across the globe to act upon the water and sanitation crisis.

Over 35 developing countries are expected to have a presence at the meeting along with donor countries, foundations and development banks. These countries and organisations are expected to come to the meeting on Friday ready to make concrete commitments to ensure that water and sanitation reaches the world's poorest countries and communities. You can take a look at some of the Statements of Commitments that will be made here.

Taking your voices to Washington!

We said we’d take your voices to Washington, and here’s how we will:

- Lajana Manandhar (National Convenor, FANSA Nepal), Rolien Sasse (CEO, Simavi, Netherlands) and Rudy Amenga-Etego (CEO of the Foundation for Grassroots Initiatives in Africa and representative of ANEW) will be the civil society representatives at the Ministerial Dialogue on Thursday and the High Level Meeting on Friday and they will make sure that they highlightall of your amazing campaigning work. They will be updating us regularly through blogs and tweets during the week too.

- An incredible 373,000 people have now walked for water and sanitation! And we have produced a new film to highlight a selection of the walks that took place in 70 countries across the globe.

The film is directed at Development and Finance Ministers and asks them to make sure that they attend the Sanitation and Water for All High Level Meeting and go ready to commit to action. We have sent this film on data sticks to Finance Ministers in over 20 countries and will be giving these out in Washington as Ministers and officials arrive for the meeting on Friday!

- We have produced a briefing sheet showing the commitments that we are calling for from leaders at the High Level Meeting.

These include:

  • Significantly more and better funding for water, sanitation and hygiene, targeted at the most vulnerable communities, to achieve universal access by 2020
  • The development and implementation of viable national plans for water and sanitation, including the recognition and operationalisation of the human right to water and sanitation
  • Ensuring equity and sustainability is at the heart of all approaches so that WASH services are accessible to all including the most vulnerable communities and specifically for women and girls.

To find out more, download the full briefing sheet here.

For press enquiries and interviews, please email jenniferwilliams@endwaterpoverty.org .

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