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4000 children die every day from diarrhoea caused by unclean water and poor sanitation.

Sanitation and Water for All efforts kick off!

Preparations start for the second Sanitation and Water for All High Level Meeting

7 October 2011

This week preparations for the next Sanitation and Water for All High Level Meeting were launched in countries around the world, and the date of the Washington meeting – April 20th 2012 – was announced.

 The Sanitation and Water for All partnership (PDF File PDF File 403KB) was launched last year to champion political leadership and reverse the shocking neglect of the global water and sanitation crisis. The bi-annual High Level Meetings for Finance and Development Ministers is at the heart of this increasingly important process, and the national country processes are essential to the success of the meeting. At the meeting, our governments will be held to account for progress they are making (or not) towards meeting the MDGs on sanitation and water, and provide an important platform for announcing plans for how they will meet their commitments. See here (PDF File PDF File 112KB) for some of the commitments we hope to see.

Children by an open sewer in Bangladesh

 Children by an open sewer in Bangladesh

 Civil society has a key role to play in national preparations

The date of the next High Level Meeting was announced this week as April 20th – the day before the Spring World Bank meetings in Washington. This may seem some time away, but governments have been receiving information about the national processes which need to happen from now – and civil society has a key role to play. See our civil society briefing sheet (PDF File PDF File 919KB)for more information.

 The international pressure of the Sanitation and Water for All process is a great opportunity for national lobbying for more attention and financing towards realizing the rights of water and sanitation, especially as it involves Finance and Development Ministers.

 What can I do now?

  • Organisations can organize ‘Crisis Talks’ on November 19th (World Toilet Day) or later. Please contact us to see if there are already plans for a ‘Crisis Talk’ in your country.
  • In Europe and North America you can invite your Development Minister to go to the High Level Meeting, and encourage commitments to show that they are serious about meeting the MDG targets that they signed up to. See Recommended commitments -SWA (PDF File PDF File 112KB) for more ideas on this,and Getting started- SWA (DOCX File DOCX File 35KB) for the full briefing sent to UNICEF, governments and other SWA partners.
  • In developing countries you can contact your UNICEF offices - who have been asked to host multi-stakeholder meetings – and see when your country’s meetings are. You can also contact your Finance Minister and ask them if they will be attending the High Level Meeting on April 20th.
  • Plan for a big mobilization for the World Walks for Water and Sanitation in March to make the water and sanitation crisis impossible to ignore.

New Briefings:

 What is Sanitation and Water for All? (PDF File PDF File 403KB)

Recommended commitments -SWA (PDF File PDF File 112KB)

 What role can civil society play? (PDF File PDF File 919KB)

Getting started- SWA (DOCX File DOCX File 35KB)

SWA What is it and what has it achieved (DOCX File DOCX File 288KB)

Qu'est ce que'est l'assainissement et eau pour eau?(PDF File PDF File 607KB)

Engagements recommandés aux gouvernements à la Réunion de Haut Niveau sur le thème Assainissement et Eau pour Tous (PDF File PDF File 183KB)

 Assainissement et eau pour tous (PDF File PDF File 608KB) quel rôle peut jouer la société civile ?