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Getting our voices heard in the post-2015 development framework!

How you can get involved to ensure civil society's voice is heard in the post-2015 debate.

Civil society demand their rights

The current global development framework, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs),expires in 2015 and yet 783 million people still do not have access to safe drinking water. Even worse, the sanitation MDG is far from being reached and, if current ratesof progress continue, will not be met in Sub-Saharan Africa for another 200 years.

Getting our voices heard

Whilst it’s important that civil society organisations, governments, the UN and others keep working hard to try to achieve these MDGs by 2015, it’s also important to look past 2015 and ensure that there is a robust development framework in place. Crucially, people’s rights to access safe drinking water and sanitation must be included in the new targets within the post 2015 global framework for sustainable development.

That's where civil society comes in!

The process for developing the new global framework will be very different to that of putting together the Millennium Development Goals. The UN say that they want to ensure that the process is open, participatory and inclusive and plan to capture the voices of citizens around the world.

It’s important that civil society gets involved right from the start of this process to make sure our voices are heard at every level. When the MDGs were first adopted, sanitation was not even included as a target and was only added two years later! This time, we can help to make sure that both sanitation and water are given the attention they deserve.

The UN are planning national and regional consultations, with all stakeholders, including civil society. And we've heard about a campaign organised by Beyond 2015GCAP and UN Millennium Campaign that aims to help civil society to get their voices heard through 'national deliberations'. These deliberations are basically conversations that take place between as many civil society groups as possible, online and offline, in cities and villages. They aim to bring civil society together to discuss what we want to see post-2015. They then aim to feed these discussions into the UN consultations. And so, we need to make sure water and sanitation are given a voice!

To find out more, download our post-2015 toolkit (PDF File PDF File 605KB) Do get in touch with us or Beyond 2015 if you have any questions at all!