Freshwater Action Network
– grassroots influencing on water and sanitation

FAN Global member activities at the 6th World Water Forum

FAN regional networks have strong representation throughout this year's forum. See a list of the events and sessions below download the FAN Global 6th World Water Forum leaflet including quick glance calendar of events.

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Butterfly Effect coalition press conference

Launch of Butterfly Effect coalition messages including Q&A session and World Walks for Water and Sanitation event and photo call.

13.45 to 14.30

Butterfly Effect exhibition space, Hall 3, stand number 3.119


High level rountable - Implementation of the rights to water and sanitation (closed session) Danielle Morley presenting. 
08.30 to 12.30

PEv A2 - Salon Présidentiel, Palais des Evénements (B)

High level roundtable on climate change and water 
Rolando Castro, FANCA, participating. 

Thematic session 3.3.1 Building blocks for integrating water into the climate regime

Danielle Morley, FAN Executive Secretary is on the panel, convened by SIWI.

14.30 to 16.30

PEu 3 - Europa 3, Palais de l'Europe (hall 8) 

AM1.1 Americas regional session - Human rights to water and sanitation! And now what? Multi-stakeholder dialogue on implementation of the human rights to water and sanitation

Coordinated by FANCA and FANMex and high participation by members, including:

Decentralized sanitation systems: An alternative eiciente to implement the human right to sanitation, Ron Sawyer, SARAR Transformation
Human Right to Water and Sanitation in the Americas, Jorge Mora Portuguez, FANCA.
Access to water a human right approach, Lourdes Garcia. GPAE, Nicaragua.
Commentator: Rolando Marin Leon CLOCSA-Costa Rica.

11:00 to 13:00

PEu 5 - Europa Palais de l'Europe 5

Solutions from civil society: Inspiring change through a human rights based approach

ANEW Vice Chair Catherine Mwango moderating and high participation by other FAN members, including:

  • Garduño Fabiola: The links between sanitation, hygiene and health, SARAR Transformation
  • Jeanette de Noack, ADA-2 Guatemala: Water governance
11.00 to 13.00
PC 8 – Callelongue, Palais des Congrès (Level 1)

AM6.1 Americas regional session - Ecosystem services: Green infrastructure that supports integrated water resource management

Rolando Marin, FANCA: Community-based Management

14:30 to 16:30

PC 11 – Morgiou, Palais des Congrès (Level 1)

SOLUTION OF CIVIL SOCIETY IN LATIN AMERICA, coordinated by the Water Alliance

Presentations from: 
FANMex member Alfredo Mendez Bahena, of UNISUR and Nelly Libeyre, GEA, AC
Yalkiria Pineda. CEAMujer, Nicaragua.
Rolando Castro. CEDARENA, Costa Rica.
Jorge Mora. FANCA
Haydee Rodriguez. ARCA
Jeanette de Noack, ADA 2, Guatemala
16:30 - 19:30


FAN Global Side Event: Why the human rights approach is key to ensuring equitable sustainable development

Tuesday 13th March 2012, 19.15 to 20.15, PEu 8 - Europa 8, Palais de l'Europe 

Our members' experiences of integrating equity, participation and accountability into sector governance for the implementation of the human rights to water and sanitation.


  • Welcome from Danielle Morley, FAN Global’s Executive Secretary
  • Introduction by Catarina de Albuquerque, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights to safe drinking water and sanitation
  • Presentations from: Teresa Zepeda Torres (of Alianza Cívica Chiapas, A.C, on Taking advantage of human rights in decision-making within the Watershed Committee of the Valley of Jovel), FAN Mexico, Catherine Mwango, ANEW, Venkatesh Aralikatty, FAN South Asia
  • Panel discussion with Catarina de Albuquerque, UN Special Rapporteur on the rights to safe drinking water and sanitation; Neil Macleod, Head of Water and Sanitation, Durban Water, South Africa; Tom Slaymaker, Senior Governance Advisor at WaterAid
  • Roundtables on essential steps needed to implement the right to water
  • Introduction to a new resource from WASH United, FAN and WaterLex, The human right to safe drinking and sanitation in law and policy – a sourcebook  



Thematic session 1.3.1 – Education: the key to engagement, empowerment and evidence-based decision-making

Presentations from Ron Sawyer, FANMex and FANSA Kerala video screening.
08:30 to 10:30

PEu 2 - Europa 2, Palais de l'Europe 


AF5 Africa regional session - Advances in financing of water and sanitation in Africa 

Moved to Tuesday morning 

Baker Yiga, ANEW Executive Secretary, on the panel.

08:30 to 10:30

PP 1 - Athéna 1, Palais Phocéen

CS1.4 IWRM through the lens of water security, adaptive water management and international legal instruments for good governance
Venkatesh Aralikatty, FANSA, on the panel.

11.00 to 13.00
PEv A2 - Salon Présidentiel, Palais des Evénements (B)

CS1.1 Good governance - Stakeholders’ engagement for effective water policy and management 
Mary O’Connell, FAN Global Advocacy and Learning Manager, on the panel.

17:00 to 19:00

PC 11 – Morgiou, Palais des Congrès (Level 1) 


Otilia Hernández, FANCA, participating.
14.30 – 16.30
Palais des Congrès (Rez de Jardin)


Occupy the 6th World Water Forum: Building inclusive human rights-based governance of Water resources and water and sanitation services from the bottom-up!

High participation by FAN members including Heidy Murillo, Vanessa Dubois, Rolando Castro and Rene Barreno of FANCA.
11.00 to 13.00

PC 8 – Callelongue, Palais des Congrès (Level 1) 

Thematic session 1.2.4: Access to sanitation services: from plan to action

FANSA member Hilda Coelho, FANSA, presenting. 
08:30 to 10:30
PEu 5 - Europa 5, Palais de l'Europe 

AF2 Africa regional session: African youth and gender solutions on water and sanitation
Presentation from ANEW member Sena Alouka. 
17:00 to 19:00
PC 3 - Patio 1, Palais des Congrès (Rez de Jardin Level)

Nathalie Seguin participates in the panel "The way forward for water management in the Americas" as a representative of NGOs
14:30 to 19:00
PC 9, Goude 1, Palais des Congrès (Level 1)
14:00 Rolando Castro, Mexican Pavilion


Citizens’ forum on participatory integrated water resources management 
Presentations and discussions coordinated by BothENDS including a presentation by Georgina Vidriales, FANMex, on Building shared responsibility for decision making in river basin Pixquiac, VERACRUZ.

11:00 to 13:00

Citizen's House 

Citizen solutions from Latin America on capacity development and communication 
Civil society presentations and multi-stakeholder discussions on education, capacity development, research, dissemination and communication. Coordinated by FANMex.

  • FANCA member Andres Mora, Community Radio and electronic media for capacity building, Central American Network for Water Action
  • André Abreu, Messengers of water, state of Minas Gerais, Brazil
  • FANAS member Leonardo Tambussi, Analysis of the impact of climate variability and climate change in coastal areas on both sides in the headwaters of the Rio de la Plata, IIED, Argentina
  • FANMex member Alfredo Mendez, University of Southern Peoples, Mexico
  • FANSA member Ali Akbar on  Mobile water purification plants for flood affected areas

14:30 to 16:00

Mexican Pavillion 

Presentation of Americas document on the human rights to water and sanitation
This document was developed to address the target 1.1 of the Americas. It was developed by FANCA and FANMEX as part of the Americas regional process towards the 6th World Water Forum. Coordinated by FANMex, presented by Jorge Mora, Central American Network for Water Action. 
17:00 to 17:30
Mexican Pavillion

Citizen solutions from Latin America on implementing the human right to water and sanitation
Civil society presentations and multi-stakeholder discussions on water and sanitation management under the recognition of the human rights to water and sanitation and the climate change context. Coordinated by FANMex.


  • July Chancón Menjivar, community water management, Rural Water Association, El Salvador
  • Omar Nunez, Honduran Association of Water Boards, Honduras
  • Gloria Amparo Ocampo, water sanitation, health, nutrition and productivity, health and environmental consultancy, Colombia

Video Presentation SARAR Transformation and co-produced by IMTA: Fabiola Garduno, SARAR Transformation, participates in the dialogue that is generated at the end of the presentations

16:30 to 18:00 

Mexican Pavillion


End Water Poverty – should water and sanitation be in the new MDGs?
A space for civil society organisations to discuss next steps after the Millennium Development Goals.

13:15 to 14:15

PC 16 – Riou, Palais des Congrès 16 (level 2) 


Village of solutions

A number of FAN members
will be sharing their solutions throughout the week in the ‘Village of Solutions’, including:
  • Roy Kunyappy (FANSA): Waste utilization by vermicomposting and biogas production in Panchayats (PRIs) 
  • Vanessa Dubois (FANCA): Promoting governance through civil society participation – regional study 
  • Prakash Amatya (FANSA): waste and wastewater management 
  • Fabiola Garduño SARAR (FANMEX): Sustainable sanitation community educational programme and SWASH+: Sustaining and scaling up water, sanitation and hygiene in schools 
plus community impact in Oaxaca State, Mexico 
  • Ron Sawyer SARAR (FANMex): strengths / Resourcefulness
/ Action planning / Responsibility 
  • Ali Akbar, Aware, FANSA, Pakistan