Freshwater Action Network
– grassroots influencing on water and sanitation

Stockholm World Water Week 2009

Ramisetty Murali at World Water Week.

FAN's involvement in Stockholm World Water Week was more effective and dynamic than ever this year.

The long and fruitful week of meetings, learning, lobbying and networking saw members making key contacts, attending valuable learning sessions and spreading the word about the FAN network.  

In an exciting turn of events, Dr Bindeshwar Pathak - founder of new FANSA member Sulabh International - won the prestigious Stockholm Water Prize which awards a prize of USD 150,000 in recognition of water-related achievements.

ANEW's donor breakfast was a great success with donors from USA, UK and Sweden attending an introduction to ANEW's strategy.  

Ramisetty Murali (pictured above right) from FANSA was interviewed for Clear Waters? Corruption and the Water Sector - one of a series of podcasts broadcast by GPPN from the event. The series was picked by UN radio and also includes an interesting discussion on human rights and water called Talking Rights. Be sure to check it out.  
Download Murali's speech on climate change (PDF 167 Kb)
Or, listen to GPPN podcasts on their website

Stockholm World Water Week 2009 released a statement to COP15 which was endorsed by many hundreds of organisations who attended. The statement reinforces and supports the efforts of the GPPN in bridging the water and climate agendas.

Read the Stockholm World Water Week message to COP15 (PDF 20Kb)

For the first time members who did not get the opportunity to attend the meeting themselves, could get an insight to activities as and when they happened by following Communications Manager Ceridwen Johnson's Twitter updates.  

A view from Mexico

"It was tremendously valuable to get to know the other members of FAN –the Secretariat in the UK, FANSA and ANEW. To get a clearer sense of the overall mission of FAN and how it has been interpreted and structured in the different regional networks.

"This experience has certainly given me a better sense of how we might strengthen our own national and regional networks and a greater personal identification with FAN itself.

"The donors’ breakfast organised by ANEW and hosted by Jamillah Mwanjisi was an inspiration (we need to try to do something similar for FAN-Mex) – although sobering, since very few of the donors are active in Latin America and much less in Mexico." Ron Sawyer, FAN Mex. 

Find out about key sessions that FAN took part in at the event (PDF 50Kb)