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Follow updates on Rio+20 negotiations

A small number of FAN members have travelled to the Rio20 summit where they will be raising the profile of the network, networking, influencing and running a number of sessions around our key themes, particularly on rights. 


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FAN Global Rio+20 round up

The overwhelming feeling from civil society on the outcome of the Rio+20 conference was disappointment that the final text was largely 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.

The regional chapters of  Freshwater Action Network, FAN Mexico, FAN Central America and FAN South America, are deeply concerned with the results of the Rio+20 Conference document, where the proposed solutions by the major groups and NGOs have been mainly eliminated, leaving a document without real commitments thus representing "the future we DON’T want".
Syed Shah Nasir Khisro, National Convenor of FANSA Pakistan, shares his thoughts from a session called 'For People, Rights and Sustainable Development'. 
Unfortunately the new negotiating text, redrafted by the Brazilian government needs improving! Even though we achieved to have the Human Right to water and sanitation mentioned on previous drafts, the current reference to the Human Right to water and sanitation is not legally binding once the reference to the UN resolution on Human Right to water and sanitation has been removed.
Leo Tambussi, FANAS, reports from the water session at the Sustainable Development Dialogues in Rio. 
Amnesty International welcomes plans to re-affirm the rights to water and sanitation at the United Nations (UN) Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20). However, the organisation is deeply concerned that the current formulation in the draft Outcome would undermine the legal recognition of the rights to water and sanitation, rights that are essential for life, for dignity and for sustainable development. 

On 15 June, the UK government, which until now has not recognised the human right to sanitation, announced that they are in a position to support the inclusion of commitments to the right both to safe and clean drinking water and to sanitation as a human right in the Rio+20 outcome document.


Youth and children group release water and Rio+20 guide to water

An excellent resource providing an in depth overview of the water topics that will be discussed at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development.


On 8 June, FAN Global submitted three top priorities on behalf of the WASH cluster to the NGO Major Group which will be compiled into a compendium along with all other cluster priorities. The final compendium will be attached to a document comprising of a brief introduction of agreed principles outlining key demands by all Major Groups.
Commitment to human rights essential for ensuring true sustainable development
Freshwater Action Network welcomed the Special Rapporteur on the Human Right to Safe Drinking Water and Sanitation’s open letter on 24 May 2012 calling on states to recommit to the human right to water and sanitation at Rio+20 in the run up to the third round of ‘informal informal’ negotiations.
The MDG for water has been met but 783 million of the world’s poorest people are still living without access to safe affordable water and one fifth of the global population live in water stress regions, a statistic that is projected to grow as a result of the different conflicting uses and overuses of water.
As the coordinating body for the NGO thematic commentary on water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) for Rio+20, FAN Global has submitted proposed changes to the Rio+20 Draft Zero  text - 'The future we want'. 
On 16, 17 and 18 November, many FAN members participated in the Bonn Nexus conference which examined the nexus of water, energy and food security in the run up to Rio+20 next year. 
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Member activities

Sunday 17 June 2012 

Aligning Business Practise with the Human Right To Water and Sanitation 
Danielle Morley, FAN Executive Secretary is on the panel
FAIR IDEAS: Sharing Solutions for a Sustainable Planet 11.30-13.00
Leonardo Tambussi - Sanitation: the Key to Helping Cities and Their Communities Achieve Sustainable Development
Location: Room 2, Pontificia Unniversidade Catolica do Rio de Jnaiero (PUC), Rua Marques Sao Vicente 225, Gavea
Enabling Achievement of Water Sustainability Objectives Through Collective Action and the Water Action Hub 9.00-10-30
Danielle Morley, FAN Executive Secretary is on the panel
Monday 16 June 2012
Session for Plennary 4: Water, Energy and Extractivism (PDF 45Kb) 14-16.00
  • Rolando Castro, Linkages of the Mining and the Human Right to Water and Proposals of Legal Frameworks
  • Rosalinda Hidalgo, Evidence of the Impact of Mining, Social Mobilization - Experiences and Proposals of Solutions, Red Vista, GT Extrativismo
Location: Blue Pavillion
Tuesday 19 June 2012
Sustainable Territories framed by Agenda 21-- International Panorama 08.30-12.30
FBOMS, Instituto Ipanema and FAN Global
Location: Flamengo Park, Tent D
Session for Plennary 1: Right to Water 9-13.00
FAN, Blue Planet, IATP, Indigenous Environmental Network 
Jorge Mora Sharing Human Right Based Approach; Nelly Libeyre Solution to Implement the Human Right to Sanitation 
Location: Blue Pavillion

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Delegates include: Nathalie Seguin, FANMex Coordinator; Rosalinda Hidalgo, Asamblea Veracruzana de iniciativas y Defensa Ambiental; Nelly Clotilde Alexandra Libeyre, Grupo de Estudios Ambientales (Environmental Studies Group); Danielle Morley Executive Director, FAN; Syed Shah Nasir Khisro Executive, Director IRSP and National Convener Fansa-Pakistan; Leonardo Damian Tambussi, FAN Communications, Instituto Internacional de Medio Ambiente y Desarrollo IIED- América Latina; Jorge Mora Portuguez, FANCA Coordinator; Rolando Castro  Executive Director, CEDARENA - Centro de Derecho Ambiental y de los Recursos Naturales; Jehovani Cruz  Executive Director, FUPNAPIB - Fundacion Parque Nacional Pico Bonito; Ninon Machado  Director, Instituto Ipanema;

Joana Bezerra, Instituto Ipanema.