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Immediate Sign On to SDG Right to Water and Sanitation Letter
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
Appended is an alert from the Medical Mission Sisters regarding a growing concern about the right to water and sanitation as one of the key components of the evolving SDGs. SD Ed. Caucus member Celine Paramundayil has a message for us to circulate and to consider your own organization sign-on to the appended letter of concern ["Call For Signatures"].
All the best,
Pam Puntenney and Bremley Lyngdoh
UN SD Education Caucus Co-Chairs
Dr. P. J. Puntenney
Environmental & Human Systems Management
1989 West Liberty
Ann Arbor, MI 48103 USA
Cell: (734) 330-0238
Voice/Fax: (734) 994-3612
The “zero draft” SDG document <http://www.worldwewant2015.org/node/442161> that was
released this week did not contain any reference to the human right to water and sanitation. Please circulate this for sign on among your colleagues and networks and for your consideration if your own organization wishes to add their signature.
Subject: Re: Immediate Sign On to SDG Right to Water and Sanitation Letter
The Mining Working Group at the UN, with NGO partner organizations to
ensure that the human right to water and sanitation is included within the
Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) framework. Unfortunately the “zero
draft<http://www.worldwewant2015.org/node/442161>” SDG document that was
released this week did not contain any reference to the human right to
water and sanitation.
The SDG process will determine the official international development
agenda for the next 15 years. Given that the Millennium Development Goal
process, which set targets for 2000-2015, failed drastically in the area
of sanitation and given MDG targets on drinking water failed to prioritize
the needs of the most vulnerable and marginalized communities, it is vital
that the same mistakes not be repeated within the SDG process.
Furthermore, we feel that the Human Right to Water and Sanitation will be
an important tool in our struggle to prevent the SDG agenda from being
co-opted to promote greater corporate access to water resources and
Please join this important advocacy by:
Signing onto the letter by sending a message to
SDGrighttowater@gmail.com<mailto:SDGrighttowater@gmail.com> with the name
of your Congregation, a contact name and country you are based in, by
Circulating the letter within your networks to sign on at
Adapting the letter to your Congregation and sending a copy to the
ambassador representing your country at the UN (see attached contact
Tweeting the need for #owg12 to explicitly name the right to water and
sanitation in the #SDGs including #SDGH20
Early next week, the letter will be translated and available in Spanish,
French and Portuguese.
On behalf of the Mining Working Group at the UN
Aine O’Connor, RSM, Ph.D.
Mercy Global Action Coordinator at the UN
Sisters of Mercy, Mercy International Association
777 UN Plaza, 6H, NY, NY, 10017
Medical Mission Sisters
(NGO Accredited to ECOSOC,DPI,UNFCCC)
8400 Pine Road
Tel:215 742 6100 Ext.180
215 722 0403 (R)
Human Right to Water and Sanitation for immediate sign on
CPG4SD@googlegroups.com date: Juni, 9th 2014
Please support sign-on request below calling for inclusion of Right to water in the SDGs… -paul
Dear Friends, As many of you are aware, we have been campaigning to ensure that the human right to water and sanitation is included within the Sustainable Development Goals framework. Unfortunately the “zero draft” document which was released this week did not contain any reference to the human right to water and sanitation. The SDG process will determine the official international development agenda for the next 15 years. Given that the Millennium Development Goal process failed drastically in the area of sanitation and given MDG targets on drinking water failed to prioritize the needs of the most vulnerable and marginalized communities, it is vital that the same mistakes not be repeated within the SDG process.
Furthermore, we feel that the Human Right to Water and Sanitation will be an important tool in our struggle to prevent the SDG agenda from being co-opted to promote greater corporate access to water resources and services. Please join us in our call by:
1. Signing your organization’s formal title, contact, country, and if applicable, major group or other stakeholder constituency (e.g., Farmers, Indigenous Peoples, Youth, etc.) onto the letter by June 11th at SDGrighttowater@gmail.com
2. Circulating the letter within your networks to sign on at SDGrighttowater@gmail.com
3. Forwarding a copy of the letter to the ambassador representing your country at the UN (see attached contact list).
4. Tweeting the need for #owg12 to explicitly name the right to water and sanitation in the #SDGs including #SDGH20 In solidarity, Aine O’Connor on behalf of The Mining Working Group at the UN and Blue Planet Project
Aine O’Connor, RSM, Ph.D. Mercy Global Action Coordinator at the UN Sisters of Mercy Mercy International Association 777 UN Plaza, 6H, NY, NY 10017
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On behalf of the UNDP Water Governance Facility at SIWI, I’m pleased to contribute some experience and reflections regarding the challenge of discrimination in service delivery, with particular reference to indigenous peoples.
In partnership with the Millennium Development Goals Achievement Fund (MDG-F) we have been addressing socio-cultural barriers in the provision of sanitation and water services to indigenous peoples. We have also assisted in knowledge management for MDG-F programmes for Democratic Economic Governance (DEG) in Water Supply and Sanitation, endeavoring to capture experiences from these programmes. We also strategically manage the UNDP GoAL WaSH programme
Several of the DEG programmes supported by the MDG-F focused on the needs and lack of access to services of indigenous peoples in a range of countries. Indeed, there was even some frustration that in spite of the focus, the level of success and effectiveness was difficult to achieve. This spurred the above-mentioned research regarding HOW to engage with indigenous peoples and marginalized groups.
First, a major conclusion of this work – which relates to one of the questions asked in this E-discussion: general approaches to universal access or also specific focus /priority to the disadvantaged? Yes, specific focus is needed. BUT, to be successful, the HOW is crucial.
In the research on socio-cultural barriers (based on fieldwork in Nicaragua with the University of the Autonomous Regions of the Nicaraguan Caribbean Coast, URACCAN) we developed a set of Recommendations for the Application of an Intercultural Approach in Rural Water and Sanitation Projects which highlight a set of values rather than advice on dos and don’ts. The purpose is to have (externally or nationally funded) development projects to address the needs of indigenous peoples more effectively.
Important values in this regard were found to relate to:
1) Dialogue – there were so many voices claiming that ‘it is time that somebody listens to us’- in spite of there having been projects aiming to provide services. Hence, time and thorough listening are seen as fundamental for managing to reach a true engagement from both sides.
2) Respect and trust – to acknowledge and taking differences in perspective and cultural views very seriously into the project set-up and solutions – and respect history and institutions of indigenous peoples
3) Flexibility and inclusion – implying the actual willingness (and mandate) to build on the local ideas in an inclusive manner
4) Long-term supportive relations – being the opposite of quick interventions, which are far too common in remote rural areas. Indeed, long-term relations are not favored by standard project procedures
Few would disagree with these fundamental values for engaging with disadvantaged groups. The challenge lies in carving the institutional space in government and development agencies for committing and adhering to such values. (And there are added challenges relating to inter-generational and leadership conflicts within many communities, so no easy answers.)
Yet, an example of a fruitful dialogue and respect for indigenous institutions, coupled with a long-term engagement and supportive relation with a range of UN agencies, is the MDG-F supported DEG programme on Strengthening equity in access to safe drinking water and sanitation by empowering citizens and excluded indigenous groups in rural areas in Panama.
The DEG programme in Paraguay for Strengthening the ability to define and apply water and sanitation policies focused a significant part of its work on the concerns of rural indigenous peoples, with manuals for water/sanitation committees and proposals for policy alignment developed. Such developments will be followed up in the coming UNDP GoAL WaSH with the definition of guidelines for the implementation of sanitation programs in different areas (urban, rural and indigenous communities).
In sum, in addressing discrimination we need – beyond the general approaches to further the equitable provision and the universal access to services – to engage with and focus on those who lack access. There is no ‘one-size that fit all’ but particular flexibility, adaptation and commitment is required, building on dialogue and mutual trust between, in this case, indigenous communities and the authorities/agencies responsible for service provision.
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A series of 22 country consultations took place from February to May 2013 to address the importance of water to national development. These national stakeholder consultations were part of the process taking place to listen to country needs and priorities regarding the post-2015 agenda for water and sustainable development.
The findings have been published in a report, National Stakeholder Consultations on Water: Supporting the Post-2015 Development Agenda. In addition to this summary report, individual country reports have also been published on the status of water in their respective countries. All can be downloaded here or below:
Mrs. Helene Komlos Grill Senior Communications Officer
Global Water Partnership (GWP) Drottninggatan 33 SE-111 51 Stockholm, SWEDEN
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- Conference Netherlands-IFCSouth Asia Water Partnership
Monday 5th, November 2012 NL EVD Internationaal IPI programma with Bas Mohrman, I FC project manager of Netherlands-IFC South Asia Water Partnership.
This project participation focused on India en Bangladesh,
The primary goal of the Partnership is to catalyze the role of local private sector towards greater water sustainability in South Asia by matching IFC’s institutional strengths and programmatic advisory services with Dutch water sector knowledge and leadership.
-Industrial Processing (water/energy efficiency in industrial processing, specifically textile, dairy and metal industries, including effluent treatments, water reuse and recycling)
-Agri-Water (agri-water efficiency at farmers- and watershed level, including low-cost greenhouse technologies, rainwater harvesting, groundwater hydrological impact models)
· Water-energy nexus diagnostic tools (including IT applications)
· Innovative/low cost (rural) water supply technologies and/or delivery partnerships
· Innovative technology funding models and/or partnerships
Doel van deze bijeenkomst is het informeren van Nederlands bedrijfsleven over South Asian Water Partnership en te identificeren welke kansen dit het NL-bedrijfsleven biedt.
De bijeenkomst vindt plaats van 15.30 tot 17.30 uur bij NL EVD Internationaal, Prinsesbeatrixlaan 2, zaal 1. De bijeenkomst wordt afgesloten met een borrel. U kunt zich aanmelden firstname.lastname@example.org, deelname is gratis.
Meer informatie inzake het Netherlands IFC South Asian Water Partnership zie de
website van de Wereldbank of neem contact op met Bas Schilperoort,
Risk management – Principles and guidelines ISO 31000:2009 provides principles and
generic guidelines on risk management.
ISO 31000:2009 can be used by any public, private or community enterprise, association,
group or individual. Therefore, ISO 31000:2009 is not specific to any industry or sector.
ISO 31000:2009 can be applied throughout the life of an organization, and to a wide range
of activities, including strategies and decisions, operations, processes, functions, projects,
products, services and assets.
ISO 31000:2009 can be applied to any type of risk, whatever its nature, whether having
positive or negative consequences.
Although ISO 31000:2009 provides generic guidelines, it is not intended to promote
uniformity of risk management across organizations. The design and implementation of
risk management plans and frameworks will need to take into account the varying needs of
a specific organization, its particular objectives, context, structure, operations, processes,
functions, projects, products, services, or assets and specific practices employed.
It is intended that ISO 31000:2009 be utilized to harmonize risk management processes in
existing and future standards. It provides a common approach in support of standards
dealing with specific risks and/or sectors, and does not replace those standards.
ISO 31000:2009 is not intended for the purpose of certification
THE 22 ND INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S PAINTING COMPETITION ON THE ENVIRONMENT
UNEP has launched the 22nd International children’s painting competition. The Competition is organized annually by the UNEP and the Japan-based Foundation for Global Peace and Environment (FGPE), Bayer and Nikon Corporation.
The theme of the 22nd painting competition will be ” Water” and participants will have until 29th February, 2013 to submit their entries.
Sub themes of the competition are:
Water: Where does it come from? Water : Source of life
The selection process will be in two stages; the regional selection which will be done by UNEP Regional Offices and their partners, and the global selection which will be done by UNEP and its partners, Foundation for Global peace and Environment (FGPE), Bayer and Nikon Corporation.
For more details on the Competition please visit : http://unep.org/tunza/children/int_comp.aspx
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World Water Day 22 March 2012
Boodschap van VN Secretaris-Generaal Ban Ki-moon ter gelegenheid van Wererldwaterdag, 22 maart
DE SECRETARIS-GENERAAL — BOODSCHAP TER GELEGENHEID VAN WERELDWATERDAG 22 Maart 2012
In de komende decennia zal het voeden van een groeiende wereldbevolking en het garanderen van voedsel- en voedingsveiligheid voor iedereen, afhangen van de verhoging van de voedselproductie. Deze verhoging kan echter alleen gerealiseerd worden als we erin slagen om op een duurzame wijze om te springen met de meest strategische en eindige hulpbron waar we over beschikken: water. Read more… http://www.unric.org/nl/links-in-belgie-en-nederland
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