Preparations for the SWA High-Level Meeting are in progress across the world!
It’s two months today until the Sanitation and Water for All High-Level Meeting in Washington and we’re delighted to see preparatory meetings already taking place between civil society, UNICEF and governments in a growing number of countries.
We’ve heard about preparatory meetings in Bangladesh, Kenya, Sierra Leone, Ghana, Malawi, Mozambique, Nepal, Niger, Liberia and more!
It is fantastic to see this gathering momentum, and that civil society in so many countries are making the most of this key opportunity to tell decision makers how crucial sanitation and water are to people in communities across the world, for the economy, and for nutrition, education and health.
So, who is attending?
We already had good indications that High-Level representatives will attend the SWA meeting in April from Uganda, Liberia, Sierra Leone, the UK, the Netherlands, Nepal, Sri Lanka, North Sudan, South Sudan, Malawi and Ghana! And we expect many more Finance and Development Ministers to commit to attending soon as civil society groups meet their Finance Ministers to tell them how important it is for them to be there.
Each Government attending the SWA High-Level Meeting is being asked to come ready to make certain key commitments. Read a short briefing from the SWA secretariat explaining more on this here. ( DOC File 86KB) If you are holding meetings with your Ministers please do bring these expected commitments to their attention. They are particularly being asked to give a figure about how many more people will have access to safe water and sanitation by 2015. If our governments make these commitments in April, we will be able to hold them to account on their promises!
We have put together some short briefings on what the Sanitation and Water for All partnership is, what our demands as civil society are, and what role civil society can play in the lead up to the High-Level Meeting!
You can download these briefings here:
What is Sanitation and Water for All? ( PDF File 403KB)
What role can civil society play? ( PDF File 919KB)
SWA- recommended commitments ( PDF File 112KB)
If you haven't already, remember to invite your Finance Minister to the High-Level Meeting and please keep us updated on the progress in your country! Let us know if there is anything we can do to support you. Together, we are really moving ahead.