SuSanA - Forum Kunena Site Syndication http://forum.susana.org/ Sat, 19 Apr 2014 17:40:33 +0000 Kunena 1.6 http://forum.susana.org/components/com_kunena/template/default/images/icons/rss.png SuSanA - Forum http://forum.susana.org/ en-gb Re: Webcast for Sanitation and Water for All - High Level Meeting in Washington D.C., USA: April 11, 2014 - by: F H Mughal http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/80-global-political-processes/8103-webcast-for-sanitation-and-water-for-all-high-level-meeting-in-washington-dc-usa-april-11-2014#8266 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/80-global-political-processes/8103-webcast-for-sanitation-and-water-for-all-high-level-meeting-in-washington-dc-usa-april-11-2014#8266
Elisabeth: Such reviews are helpful. Even videos, in most cases, are out of reach for me.
So, can you put up more reviews?

Regards,

F H Mughal]]>
Global political processes Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:03:06 +0000
Re: Webcast for Sanitation and Water for All - High Level Meeting in Washington D.C., USA: April 11, 2014 - by: arno http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/80-global-political-processes/8103-webcast-for-sanitation-and-water-for-all-high-level-meeting-in-washington-dc-usa-april-11-2014#8262 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/80-global-political-processes/8103-webcast-for-sanitation-and-water-for-all-high-level-meeting-in-washington-dc-usa-april-11-2014#8262
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Water and sanitation: addressing inequalities
The Lancet
“Water is life”, said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, at the opening session of the high-level meeting on sanitation and water for all, in Washington, DC, on April 11, 2014. Yet lack of access to safe drinking water, and poor sanitation and hygiene in many parts of the world, often leads to death. The Lancet Series on childhood pneumonia and diarrhoea estimated that in 2011 around 700 000 child deaths occurred from diarrhoeal disease alone. The Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 7c target to halve the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe water by 2015 has been declared on track, yet 768 million people globally are still without access to safe drinking water. In a letter in today's Lancet, Mira Johri and colleagues argue that the indicator does not consider water quality, and should be reconsidered. Progress for sanitation is alarmingly off track. An estimated 2·5 billion people lack access to basic sanitation (functioning toilets and safe means to dispose of human faeces). A shocking 1 billion people practice open defecation, with one in nine living in rural areas. The high-level meeting gathered ministers and representatives of finance, health, and water and sanitation from 46 countries, donors, international organisations, and civil society to discuss how to reach water and sanitation targets. Margaret Chan and Jim Kim were both in attendance. The UN-Water Global Analysis and Assessment of Sanitation and Drinking—Water (GLAAS) project, led by WHO, simultaneously released a preliminary reportInvesting in Water and Sanitation: Increasing Access, Reducing Inequalities. Special Report for the Sanitation and Water for All (SWA) High-Level Meeting (HLM). The report comprehensively analysed whether an enabling environment (governance, monitoring and evaluation, financing) for reaching water and sanitation targets exists for each country. The full report will be released in September, 2014, with data from 90 countries.

The good news is that there is progress. Cambodia for example, has increased access to safe water and sanitation in urban areas for all quintiles by implementing pro-poor policies. 7% of the population in urban areas practice open defecation, reduced from 28% in 2005. 75% of countries analysed have pro-poor universal access to water and sanitation policies, and three-quarters of countries have constitutions or legislation recognising the human right to water and sanitation. The alarming news is that although many countries have established policies for disadvantaged groups (poor individuals, populations with disabilities, urban slums, and remote communities), only 30% have financed implementation plans, and household contributions range from 6—97% of water, sanitation, and hygiene financing. More than 50% of the unserved population for water and sanitation live in middle-income countries .

Access to safe water and sanitation is essential to all development outcomes across the life course. It ensures healthy growth and prevention of water-borne and food-borne diseases causing diarrhoea, which contributes to stunting in children. Contaminated and stagnant water also contribute to the global burden of trachoma, and vector-borne diseases. 165 million children worldwide with stunted growth risk compromised cognitive development, physical capabilities, and future school performance; resulting in a less productive generation, with unfulfilled potential to contribute to the workforce and the economy.

Beyond direct health outcomes, investing in water and sanitation is essential to achievement of post—2015 sustainable development goals. The Lancet highlights four areas going forward. First, the poor must remain central to all planning, because they pay the highest individual cost in health and finances in efforts to access safe drinking water and sanitation. Donors and governments must target and urgently address open defecation in particular. Second, girls and women must be prioritised. They travel long distances to fetch water, and the lack of private sanitation facilities at schools to ensure their dignity and safety risks absenteeism and drop out. Third, in fragile states and situations, access to health services, clean water, and sanitation must be secured, rapidly and without question. The supply of clean drinking water and sanitation facilities can be the difference between life and death, not to mention risks to personal security. Fourth, and finally, with the rapid and uncontrolled growth of urban slums, climate change, conflict over water resources, and growing global demand for products and food that require water for production, all sectors beyond health must develop governance mechanisms to ensure that access to safe water, sanitation, and hygiene, is a right for all. Only then can the global community return to the notion of water as life.]]>
Global political processes Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:57:55 +0000
Re: Webcast for Sanitation and Water for All High Level Meeting: April 11, 2014 - by: muench http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/80-global-political-processes/8103-webcast-for-sanitation-and-water-for-all-high-level-meeting-in-washington-dc-usa-april-11-2014#8210 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/80-global-political-processes/8103-webcast-for-sanitation-and-water-for-all-high-level-meeting-in-washington-dc-usa-april-11-2014#8210 live.worldbank.org/sanitation-water-for-all-high-level-meeting



These live streams are the way to go for the future, I hope broadband internet access will continue to expand to all corners of the world to make it easier to attend in a virtual way all sorts of (sanitation) meetings around the world.

(Mughal: the video is not playing via Youtube so if your internet connection is fast enough you can watch it live, or later the recording from the Worldbank website).

Regards,
Elisabeth

P.S. You can also see the comments made on twitter during and after the event by filtering for: #HLM2014 (it was fun taking part with twitter, I feel like I have "met" some new people this way).]]>
Global political processes Fri, 11 Apr 2014 19:21:43 +0000
Re: Webcast for Sanitation and Water for All High Level Meeting: April 11, 2014 - by: F H Mughal http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/80-global-political-processes/8103-webcast-for-sanitation-and-water-for-all-high-level-meeting-in-washington-dc-usa-april-11-2014#8190 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/80-global-political-processes/8103-webcast-for-sanitation-and-water-for-all-high-level-meeting-in-washington-dc-usa-april-11-2014#8190
Thank you for your efforts, and for your help. I appreciate.

Normally, when I click on the videos, I either get the message "The video is not available in your area," or, "The connection has been severed."
You, probably, know that You-tube is banned in Pakistan.

So, for me, please put the recording in USB or CD, and have it mailed to me.
I do apologize for inconvenience.

Best regards,

F H Mughal]]>
Global political processes Thu, 10 Apr 2014 17:07:52 +0000
Re: Webcast for Sanitation and Water for All High Level Meeting: April 11, 2014 - by: susanaforum http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/80-global-political-processes/8103-webcast-for-sanitation-and-water-for-all-high-level-meeting-in-washington-dc-usa-april-11-2014#8183 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/80-global-political-processes/8103-webcast-for-sanitation-and-water-for-all-high-level-meeting-in-washington-dc-usa-april-11-2014#8183
That is a good question. I have emailed the organisers of the webcast and they said they will download the video to the World Bank Live website: live.worldbank.org/ after the meeting (usually 1-2 weeks later).

If there are difficulties to watch this video once it is posted, please let us know and we can see if there is a way we can help to make it more accessible.

Kind regards,

Roslyn]]>
Global political processes Thu, 10 Apr 2014 11:53:06 +0000
Re: Webcast for Sanitation and Water for All High Level Meeting: April 11, 2014 - by: F H Mughal http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/80-global-political-processes/8103-webcast-for-sanitation-and-water-for-all-high-level-meeting-in-washington-dc-usa-april-11-2014#8126 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/80-global-political-processes/8103-webcast-for-sanitation-and-water-for-all-high-level-meeting-in-washington-dc-usa-april-11-2014#8126
That is, beyond doubt, a major event. Those having slow or unstable internet connection (like me) may not be able to watch the event.

Would it be possible for the Secretariat to examine the possibilities of putting the videos in USB or CD, and mail it to those who need it?

Thanks and regards,

F H Mughal]]>
Global political processes Sun, 06 Apr 2014 16:53:35 +0000
Webcast for Sanitation and Water for All - High Level Meeting in Washington D.C., USA: April 11, 2014 - by: susanaforum http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/80-global-political-processes/8103-webcast-for-sanitation-and-water-for-all-high-level-meeting-in-washington-dc-usa-april-11-2014#8103 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/80-global-political-processes/8103-webcast-for-sanitation-and-water-for-all-high-level-meeting-in-washington-dc-usa-april-11-2014#8103 Webcast for Sanitation and Water for All High Level Meeting: April 11, 2014
*Adapted from article featured on Sanitation Updates: sanitationupdates.wordpress.com/2014/04/...-high-level-meeting/ *



Sanitation and Water for All (SWA) will hold its High Level Meeting on April 11, 2014 in Washington, D.C. Interested individuals can watch the live webcast from 14:00 to 16:30 U.S. Eastern Time (18:00 – 20:30 GMT), as well as submit questions in advance. Please see the link for more information live.worldbank.org/sanitation-water-for-all-high-level-meeting (scroll down to the bottom of the page for the form to submit questions).

What is Sanitation and Water for All (SWA)?
SWA is a global partnership of over 90 developing country governments, donors, civil society organizations and other development partners working together to catalyse political leadership and action, improve accountability and use scarce resources more effectively. Partners work towards a common vision of universal access to safe water and adequate sanitation.

For an overview of the meeting, please see: sanitationupdates.wordpress.com/2014/04/...-high-level-meeting/
For the SWA official page, please see: sanitationandwaterforall.org/

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Global political processes Fri, 04 Apr 2014 13:50:02 +0000
Global Water Goal for a dedicated water goal in the post-2015 agenda - by: dorothee.spuhler http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/80-global-political-processes/7919-global-water-goal-for-a-dedicated-water-goal-in-the-post-2015-agenda#7919 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/80-global-political-processes/7919-global-water-goal-for-a-dedicated-water-goal-in-the-post-2015-agenda#7919 Feel free to use this for your World Water Day communications and beyond in order to reinforce advocacy efforts in favor of a strong positioning of water in the upcoming SDG framework.

Best regards, Dorothee]]>
Global political processes Thu, 20 Mar 2014 22:19:45 +0000
Re: Sub-consultation on WASH within the global thematic consultation on water - by: susanaforum http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/80-global-political-processes/3194-sub-consultation-on-wash-within-the-global-thematic-consultation-on-water#7234 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/80-global-political-processes/3194-sub-consultation-on-wash-within-the-global-thematic-consultation-on-water#7234 Water, Sanitation and Sustainable Energy in the Post-2015 Development Agenda from February 18-19 2014 at the UN Headquarters in New York City, USA.

Participants will include Member States at the highest possible level, Observers, UN Agencies and representatives of civil society, private sector, and other relevant stakeholders.

Three key issues that will be addressed include:
1) What are the main challenges we are facing in the water, sanitation and energy sectors hampering the achievement of the MDGs and how can these challenges be tackled in an integrated manner in a post 2015 development agenda with the overarching goal of poverty eradication, including through goals and targets?
2) What concrete means of implementation (e.g finance infrastructure, human capacity, institutional reforms etc.) must governments, their international partners and other stakeholders undertake to ensure implementation?
3) How can ecosystem approaches, science and technology know‐how, conservation measures and sustainable use be successfully utilized to increase action at all levels on water, sanitation and sustainable energy?

For more information, please visit:

Event information: water-l.iisd.org/events/water-sanitation...-development-agenda/
Background information: www.un.org/en/ga/president/68/pdf/sts/Co...stainable_Energy.pdf


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Global political processes Tue, 04 Feb 2014 13:21:14 +0000
Re: Consultation on Handbook to Human Right to Water and Sanitation - by: Louisa Gosling http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/80-global-political-processes/7077-consultation-on-handbook-to-human-right-to-water-and-sanitation?limit=12&start=12#7148 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/80-global-political-processes/7077-consultation-on-handbook-to-human-right-to-water-and-sanitation?limit=12&start=12#7148 www.righttowater.info/chapter-1-2/

This section addresses THE NORMATIVE CONTENT OF THE HUMAN RIGHTS TO WATER AND SANITATION

What are the criteria that need to be satisfied for the human right to be a realised?

The normative content of the human rights to water and sanitation comprises the elements of availability, accessibility, acceptability, affordability and quality , which are outlined in this first section. The implications of the normative content for law, regulations and policy are discussed in this second section


The other sections will be posted on the site as follows:

When: The online consultation will start in mid-January and will run until the end of March. The planned timetable is as follows:

17 January 2014 / Chapter 1.1. Incorporating the rights to water and sanitation into legislative, regulatory and policy frameworks

27 January 2014 / Chapter 1.2. Incorporating the rights to water and sanitation into legislative, regulatory and policy frameworks

6 February 2014 / Chapter 2. Incorporating the rights to water and sanitation into financing and budgeting processes

15 February 2014 / Chapter 3. Accountability and the rights to water and sanitation: Access to justice

24 February 2014 / Chapter 4. Equality and non-discrimination and the rights to water and sanitation

10 March 2014 / Chapter 5. Participation and the rights to water and sanitation

17 March 2014 / Chapter 6. Access to information and the rights to water and sanitation

24 March 2014 / Chapter 7. Accountability and the rights to water and sanitation: Monitoring service provision

Once posted the sections will remain on the site so you can continue to comment on all the sections until the end of March]]>
Global political processes Tue, 28 Jan 2014 13:45:01 +0000
Consultation on Handbook to Human Right to Water and Sanitation - by: Louisa Gosling http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/80-global-political-processes/7077-consultation-on-handbook-to-human-right-to-water-and-sanitation?limit=12&start=12#7077 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/80-global-political-processes/7077-consultation-on-handbook-to-human-right-to-water-and-sanitation?limit=12&start=12#7077
www.righttowater.info/handbook-introduction/]]>
Global political processes Tue, 21 Jan 2014 15:32:36 +0000
Re: Post 2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) - by: scottchen http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/80-global-political-processes/2712-post-2015-sustainable-development-goals-sdgs#6710 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/80-global-political-processes/2712-post-2015-sustainable-development-goals-sdgs#6710

It is a big step forward after so many years Ecosan researches by all of you. These goals will replace many meaningless wordings about sustainable development.]]>
Global political processes Sun, 15 Dec 2013 08:12:00 +0000
Re: High Level Panel Report on Sustainable Development Goals - by: F H Mughal http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/80-global-political-processes/2712-post-2015-sustainable-development-goals-sdgs#6641 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/80-global-political-processes/2712-post-2015-sustainable-development-goals-sdgs#6641
It is a interesting and useful document. Is there a similar report in respect of sanitation? Thank you

Best regards,

F H Mughal]]>
Global political processes Sun, 08 Dec 2013 05:42:34 +0000
UNECE, WHO-Europe Release 'The Equitable Access Score-Card' for Water and Sanitation - by: susanaforum http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/80-global-political-processes/6630-unece-who-europe-release-the-equitable-access-score-card-for-water-and-sanitation#6630 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/80-global-political-processes/6630-unece-who-europe-release-the-equitable-access-score-card-for-water-and-sanitation#6630 The Equitable Access Score-Card: Supporting Policy Processes to Achieve the Human Right to Water and Sanitation.'

Aims of the score-card include
- establishing a baseline measure of the equity of access to water and sanitation
- discuss further actions
- evaluate progress through self-assessment
- provide a framework to assess governance frameworks, geographic disparities, access for vulnerable and marginalized groups, and water and sanitation affordability

Please see water-l.iisd.org/news/unece-who-europe-r...ater-and-sanitation/ for more information.

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Global political processes Fri, 06 Dec 2013 13:39:54 +0000
UNGA Approves Text on Human Right to Water and Sanitation - by: susanaforum http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/80-global-political-processes/6629-unga-approves-text-on-human-right-to-water-and-sanitation#6629 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/80-global-political-processes/6629-unga-approves-text-on-human-right-to-water-and-sanitation#6629 Human Right to Water and Sanitation.

This draft focuses on ensuring the "human right to safe drinking water and sanitation in a non-discriminatory manner, while eliminating inequalities in access, with a focus on the most disadvantaged and marginalized" while keeping the status of the human right to water and sanitation in discussions and monitoring.

Please follow the link for more information on the draft, as well as the national-level criticisms on the content and intent of the draft: water-l.iisd.org/news/unga-approves-text...ater-and-sanitation/

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Global political processes Fri, 06 Dec 2013 13:29:02 +0000