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FAN Global eBulletin January 2013

Happy new year!

The year in review - FAN Global highlights for 2012

Dear members and partners, wishing you the very best for a bright new year!!


Welcome to FAN Global's first 2013 eBulletin which looks back at a busy and historic year in our development with our registration as an independent consortium after over ten years of being hosted by WaterAid. Read about our global advocacy highlights as well as key highlights within the regions.


ORGANISATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS

New FAN Global Trustees

2012 saw the election of our new Board of Trustees. The highly experienced Board brings the network a diverse range of skills and knowledge from the water and development sector. It is made up of two representatives from each FAN Global region (Africa, Asia and Latin America) and one global representative. The members who are pictured here include: Doreen Wandera (Treasurer) and Reverend Thomas Sayibu Imoro representing the Africa region; Archana Patkar (Chair)  and Feroze Ahmed  for Asia; Haydée Rodriguez and Ronald D Sawyer for Latin America and Danielle Morley as the global representative. Read more about their skills and experience

 

 

 


Welcome Marc Faux!

We also welcome Marc Faux to the FAN Global family! Marc was recruited to be the new FAN Global Coordinator in December. With many years of working in WASH, he is a successful fundraiser and an experienced manager. On top of this, he speaks English, French and Spanish, is inspired by the mission of FAN and has an in depth understanding of both the local and interational contexts. He will join the team in April.


Contents / quick links (please note: these may not work in all email clients):

GLOBAL ADVOCACY

Sustainable development

Rights to water and sanitation

Climate change

Financing

Post Millennium Development Goals process

 

REGIONAL REVIEWS

ANEW

FANAS

FANCA

FANMex

FANSA

GLOBAL ADVOCACY

SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

FAN Global and Rio+20
The overwhelming feeling from civil society on the outcome of the Rio+20 conference was disappointment that the final text was weak and ineffective, not action oriented and lacking real commitment. That said, there were a number of positive outcomes as well as opportunities for the FAN Global network to take forward.
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Rights centre stage at High Level Bonn Nexus meeting
FAN members championed the rights to water and sanitation throughout this high level conference which contributed to its prominence, culminating with the Chair’s summary outcome highlighting the importance of putting people and their basic human rights at the centre of the nexus. Through our representation on the International Advisory Group of stakeholders for the Bonn Water, Food and Energy Nexus Conference, we lobbied for rights to feature strongly at the event and as a result the conference was launched with a high level panel focused on the issue featuring Danielle Morley, FAN Global Executive Secretary, and ANEW member Sena Alouka, from Togo. 
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RIGHTS TO WATER AND SANITATION

Rights included in 6th World Water Forum ministerial declaration for the first time
With over 60 members attending the event and participating in over 20 sessions, FAN Global voices rung out throughout 6th World Water Forum in Marseille, contributing to the debates and decisions that affect them and the people they work to serve. As a result of our lobbying during and in the run up to the negotiations, the explicit affirmation of the right to water as an inalienable human right and the determination for signatory states to implement it, was recognised for the first time in the official forum declaration. Over 90 people attended the FAN Global side event, Why the human rights based approach is key to ensuring equitable sustainable development which featured presentations from grassroot network members and was chaired by Catarina De Albuquerque, the UN Special Rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation.
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CLIMATE CHANGE NEGOTIATIONS

First technical meeting on climate change and water in UNFCCC negotiations
FAN member and advocacy partner the Water and Climate Coalition, worked to raise the profile of water issues at UNFCCC COP17 in Durban (and earlier at COP16) including supporting the Water, Climate and Development Day, which brought together water practitioners and decision makers to discuss practical solutions to place water at the centre of development and the negotiations. This work contributed to the UNFCCC holding a technical workshop on water and climate change impacts and adaptation strategies under the Nairobi work programme on impacts, vulnerability and adaptation to climate change, in Mexico city with the support of CONAGUA
, Mexico's national water commission.
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FINANCING

Governments increase commitments to spending on water and sanitation
In April 2012, after years of mass mobilisation from FAN and End Water Poverty members targeting governments, ministers from across Africa and Asia announced their commitments to provide 56 million people with safe drinking water and 78 million people with sanitation at the Sanitation and Water for All High Level Meeting. ANEW's Rudy Amenga-Etego, one of the CSO representatives to the partnership at the time, delivered a one minute statement on behalf of civil society across the world calling for leaders to step up and show strong leadership, in a bid to move from incremental progress to transformational change. Good progress was also made at a Sector Ministers' Meeting where FANSA Nepal member Lajana Manandhar opened with a hard-hitting speech on the urgency of tackling the water and sanitation crisis. In August 2012, FAN members Dibalok Singha, FAN South Asia, and Baker Yiga, ANEW, were elected to represent southern civil society on the Sanitation and Water for All steering committee.
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POST MILLENNIUM DEVELOPMENT GOALS PROCESS

Post 2015 MDG advocacy
Finally, at the end of last year FAN Global, EWP and WASH United were appointed to lead the coordination of the
position paper for water for Beyond 2015, the global campaign aiming to influence the creation of a post 2015 development framework that succeeds the current UN Millennium Development Goals. To find out have you can get involved, please contact your regional network coordinator or visit the website to find out more. The UN thematic consultation on water in the post-2015 development agenda is also now open for inputs, visit www.worldwewant2015.org/water to get involved.


REGIONAL NETWORK HIGHLIGHTS

The African Civil Society Network on Water and Sanitation

  • Leading African civil society engagement in the 6th World Water Forum where ANEW member Katosi Women Development Trust (KWDT) won the Kyoto World Water Grand Prize.
  • Campaigning for action to address the world’s largest crisis – water and sanitation by taking part the 2012 World Walks for Water and Sanitation on World Water Day in March.
  • Coordinating civil society calls for action to governments at Africa Water Week
  • Representing civil society at the Water for All High Level Meeting in April, calling for leaders to step up and show strong leadership and move from incremental progress to transformational change.
  • Facilitating the ANEW planning meeting involving sixteen national focal points and six Board members in Nairobi Kenya which was key for charting a way forward.
  • Participating in a Right to water and sanitation session organized by the World Water Council during the World Water Week in Stockholm, sharing experience of conducting national dialogues and advocating for the rights to water and sanitation to be prioritised and demystified to raise awareness at the national level.
  • Attending the first ever Sanitation and Water for All (SWA) Partnership meeting in November which aimed to review what has been achieved and decide what future role the partnership should play.

FAN South America

  • Joined the a civil society G8/G20 group to input on water issues relating to food security and environment and climate change.
  • Lobbied governments at the UNFCCC meeting in Bonn to place water resources management at the heart of policy responses to climate change.
  • Influenced decision-makers at the 6th World Urban Forum and discussed rights to water and sanitation with the Brazilian Government.
  • Promoted local solutions as part of the Butterfly Effect coalition at the 6th World Water Forum including climate change adaptation work from Uruguay and Argentina as part of the Solutions from Latin American Civil Society hosted by the Mexican Pavillion and presented Sanitation: the key to helping cities and their communities achieve sustainable development at 6WWF as part of Fair ideas: Sharing solutions for a sustainable planet.
  • Strengthened the dialogue between Brazilian and Argentinean government and civil society on issues relating to water and the environment.
  • Strengthened communications – launched the FANAS website and social networking sites, developed information sharing channels to strengthening ties among its national nodes -  Argentina, Peru, Brazil and Colombia.

 


FAN Central America

  • Played a leading role in the Americas regional process and the global process of the 6th World Water Forum, jointly representing Latin America within the official process and the Butterfly Effect coalition which coordinated civil society participation in the forum.
  • Launched a new weekly radio show raising awareness on water and sanitation issues to the general public but particularly effective for reaching remote communities.
  • Campaigned against against open pit mining and hydroelectric plants.
  • Lobbing governments to recognise the rights to water and sanitation
  • Supported preparations for Nuestra Agua 2013, an international water fair to take place in 2013.
  • Hosting dialogues to raise awareness on three bills that make up the legislative agenda of water as part of the Keep your promises campaign on World Toilet day.
  • Running a training course on advocacy in partnership with the University for International Cooperation UCI.

FAN Mexico

FANMex continues to punch above its weight influencing at the highest levels and facilitating civil society learning. FANMex highlights include:

  • Co-organised the Blue pavillion at the people’s Summit in Rio+20, a space in which civil society discussed water issues with particular focus on the impact of the extractive industries on the rights to water and sanitation.
  • The addition of a paragraph on the rights to water and sanitation in the Mexican constitution. Find out more in Spanish or English 
  • Initiating a national participatory process for the country's new rights-based water law to develop proposals that will ensure sustainability and civil society participation. Activities this year included: coorganising a forum to exchange experiences and propose ways to enhance civil society participation in the management of Mexico’s water boards; and coorganising a National citizen water sustainability conference to develop inputs on the law itself. Find out more in Spanish or English 
  • Played a leading role in the Americas regional process and the global process of the 6th World Water Forum, jointly representing Latin America within the official process and the Butterfly Effect coalition which coordinated civil society participation in the forum.
  • Influenced the first UNFCCC technical workshop on water and climate change impacts and adaptation strategies. Find out more in Spanish or English 

FAN South Asia

  • Attending the first ever Sanitation and Water for All (SWA) Partnership meeting in November to review what has been achieved since the beginning of the partnership in 2010 and decide what future role the partnership should play.
  • Following up the SACOSAN commitments from 2011 which  reflected many of the CSO calls and has resulted in high level commitments at both the regional level (with increased involvement of SAARC, the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) as well as solid investments in sanitation by South Asian governments at the national level.
  • Leading South Asian civil society engagement in the 6th World Water Forum and producing a compendium of all the solutions submitted by FANSA members which demonstrated the strength and knowledge at the grassroots.
  • Campaigning for action to address the world’s largest crisis – water and sanitation by organizing activities for the 2012 World Walks for Water and Sanitation on World Water Day in March.
  • Representing civil society at the Water for All High Level Meeting which resulted in governments announcing promises which could provide 56 million people with safe drinking water and 78 million people with sanitation over the next two years.
  • Officially opening a new chapter in Sri Lanka 
  • Launching a new four-year strategy 
  • Re-election of Ramisetty Murali to lead the network for a second term of office demonstrating the growing maturity of the network.

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