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

End Water Poverty and Freshwater Action Network Joint Planning Meeting update!

Campaigners from across the globe gathered to put together an advocacy strategy for the next year and beyond.

Fleur and Mary kick off the meeting
Fleur and Mary kick the meeting off in Welwyn!

End Water Poverty joined together with Freshwater Action Network to organise its fourth annual planning meeting in Welwyn Garden City from 4 to 7 December 2011. Campaigners from Nepal, India, Tanzania, Burkina Faso, Liberia, Nigeria, USA, Germany, France, Holland, UK and more came together to analyse campaign success to date and to plan an advocacy strategy for the next 12 months and beyond up to 2015.

The meeting was a huge success - productive, hard work but also a great deal of fun! There were over 40 participants from over 15 countries giving us a truly global perspective to the planning process.

Highlights included a series of short presentations on day one which highlighted the fantastic advocacy success of many of our partners and members. Here, Shikha from Nepal shares the campaigning work being done in Nepal:

Planning continued into day two with the group being divided into task teams who each looked at four advocacy areas around water and sanitation: Finance, Health, Climate Change and Human Rights. After an intensive day of planning, each group came up with key objectives and plans for inspiring and innovative campaigning and advocacy work to progress towards their objectives. We will be letting you know much more about this soon so please do come back to find out more!

A final highlight was the World Walks for Water and Sanitation event which took place one lunchtime - all participants braved the cold to take part in the Walk in Welwyn Garden City! To find out more and register to organise a Walk for Water and Sanitation, please visit www.worldwalksforwater.org.

Walking for water and sanitation

Walking for water and sanitation in Welwyn Garden City!

To see all the tweets from the three day meeting plus videos and photos, please take a look at our storify page!