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July 9, 2014

Nepal campaigners lobby for the human right to water and sanitation’s inclusion in SDGs

Filed under: Advocacy,Campaigns,SDG — nepalwash @ 3:28 pm

Secretary Kishore Thapa (center, in national dress) committed to push for the right to water and sanitation

Campaigners in Nepal met with the Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to push for their support of the right to water and sanitation in ongoing negotiations on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Members of the National Campaign Coordination Team (NCCT) for the South Asian Right to Sanitation campaign joined with End Water Poverty to appeal for the right’s inclusion and naming in the SDG proposal report currently being prepared by a selection of UN member states – the UN Open Working Group (OWG).

The NCCT advocates – made up of WASH and non-WASH campaigners – called on the government secretaries to specifically reference the right to water and sanitation alongside other rights, and joined other EWP members around the world in submitting the coalition’s proposed targets and indicators for a water and sanitation SDG.

The suggested changes:

Indicator 6.1

Current text: by 2030, provide universal access to safe and affordable drinking water, adequate sanitation and hygiene for all

Amend to: by 2030, to achieve universal access to safe, affordable and adequate drinking water, sanitation and hygiene for all, paying special attention to the needs of the most vulnerable and marginalized, and for households, schools health facilities and refugee camps.

Indicator 6.2

Current text: by 2030 provide universal access to safe and affordable sanitation and hygiene including at home, schools, health centres and refugee camps, paying special attention to the needs of women and girls

Amend to: By 2030, provide universal access to safe, affordable sanitation eliminating open defecation and hygiene including at home, schools, health centres and refugee camps, paying special attention to the needs of the most marginalized, including women and girls.

However, while the secretary of the MoUD was supportive of campaigners’ requests, the joint secretary of the MoFA claimed it was not necessary to treat the right to water and sanitation separately – even though Nepal is one of few countries where the human right to water and sanitation is recognized in an interim constitution, and several Constituent Assembly members committed during the World Walks campaign to lobby for the right’s inclusion in the country’s new constitution.

Secretary Kishore Thapa of the MoUD was convinced by the dialogue with campaigners. He said he would convey their messages to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for needful action. He also committed to lobby strongly for WASH in the upcoming South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Summit in November 2014, in Nepal. He also said it was possible that a meeting of the Sanitation and Water for All (SWA) partnership could be held in Nepal this year.

However, Joint Secretary of MoFA, Deepak Dhital, said that while he agreed that WASH is an integral element of development, it was not necessary to separately reference the human right to water and sanitation. He said it would be considered as part and parcel of the right to food, education, development and an adequate standard of living, adding that there must be a focus on marginalized groups, such as people with disabilities – ironically, such a focus on achieving equality and eliminating discrimination is a key focus of human rights principles.

Joint Secretary Deepak Dhital is not committed to pushing for the right to water and sanitation

Mr Dhital went on to explain that his priorities lie in issues such as water resource management, mountain resource management and climate change, which he believes are the determinants of WASH rights, before praising civil society groups for their interest in the global development agenda.

The campaigners hope to have a follow-up meeting with the UN agency working on the post-2015 agenda in Nepal.

In total, 12 representatives from 18 different organisations lobbied on behalf of the NCCT. These included: Freshwater Action Network-Nepal (FAN), Feminist Dalit Organization (FEDO), Federation of Water and Sanitation Users Network (FEDWASUN), Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation, National Federation of Disabled, Nepal (NFDN), Manushi (women’s WASH network), People’s SAARC, Plan International, Practical Action, WaterAid Nepal, Urban Environment Management Society (UEMS) and End Water Poverty. Backward Society for Education (BASE), Centre for Integrated Urban Development (CIUD), Enviroment for Public Health Organization (ENPHO), Lumanti, Maitri, Nepal Water for Health (NEWAH) and OXFAM joined NCCT and End Water Poverty to reinforce the appeal.

This post is written by Ms. Samira Shakya — Advocacy and Campaigns Officer

March 25, 2014

Photo of the Week

Filed under: Advocacy,Campaigns,Walk for Water — Tags: — nepalwash @ 10:49 am

World Walks for Water on World Water Day (22nd March 2014)

Deputy Speaker of the Constituent Assembly Onsari Gharti Magar and five other CA members of major political parties participating in the “Walk for Water” event organised by WaterAid Nepal and 22 other organisations to mark the ‘World Water Day 2014’ on 22nd March 2014

Photo Credit: WaterAid/Mani Karmacharya

December 31, 2013

Photo of the week – 31 December 2013

WASH and HSBC Water Programme Orientation to media

WaterAid Nepal organised two-days orientation on WASH and HSBC Water Programme (HWP) to the journalists working in HWP implementing districts and mainstream media on 26 to 27 December to update on latest WASH status in Nepal.

August 1, 2013

Link of the week – 1 August

Filed under: Advocacy,Campaigns,Link of the week,Media — nepalwash @ 6:38 pm

KATHMANDU, July 29: With only four years left for the country to meet the target of ensuring water and sanitation for all, politicians from various parties have expressed their commitment to work toward the goal.

More – Click here for our link of the week – 1 August

July 31, 2013

Political commitment towards sanitation promotion and public launch of “ODF toolkit”

Filed under: Advocacy,Campaigns,Open defecation free — nepalwash @ 6:50 pm

Federation of Drinking Water and Sanitation Users Nepal (FEDWASUN) together with WaterAid Nepal had organised an interaction session with the leading political leaders on 29 July 2013, to persuade them to promote sanitation in their upcoming elections; this programme also saw the opening of the “ODF toolkit”. The participation of politicians that turned up, the turnout exceeded our expectations. This programme saw around 100 participants representing different walks of life, they included politicians, representatives from civil society organisations, students , water and sanitation users and media; the interaction was  facilitated by former environment minister Mr Ganesh Shah.

After a very interactive session with the political leaders, the expectant audience signed a public appeal demanding calls for action. The public appealed the politicians to:

  • Encourage each VDC and MPC in their respective election sectors to declare themselves as ODF for promotion of drinking water and sanitation
  • Ensure sustainability regarding sanitation activities in districts that have been declared as ODF
  • Address drinking water and sanitation as people’s fundamental right in their political manifesto for the upcoming constitutional assembly election in their respective political parties
  • Ensure the inclusion of a section in the new constitution that address sanitation and drinking water related rights as a fundamental right of the people and to address and solve drinking water and sanitation issues from local to national level by incorporating sanitation with development. (more…)

July 30, 2013

Photo of the week – 30 July 2013

Representatives of political parties launching the ODF toolkit on 29 July 13

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