Freshwater Action Network
– grassroots influencing on water and sanitation

September 2010

'We’ve been working towards this moment for a decade'

Today is a momentous day for all of us working on the rights to water and sanitation. The rights to water and sanitation have finally been made legally binding in international law with a resolution passed at the Human Rights Council. 

UN passes historic resolution making water and sanitation a legal human right

For the first time in history, the rights to water and sanitation have been made legally binding in international law by nation states following a resolution passed at the Human Rights Council. 

FAN's new website

Thanks to funding from the UK's Department for International Development,  FAN has been able to update its website on a new platform with a refreshed design. We're inviting members to explore the site, give us feedback and, above all, get involved by using some of its new interactive features. 

Stockholm World Water Week 2010

FAN’s Executive Secretary and Advocacy Action and Learning Officer joined members from Africa and South Asia to learn, network and attend sessions during the sector’s annual conference.

El Salvador: third most unequal country for access to water

El Salvador comes third in Latin America and the Caribbean of countries with the greatest inequality in access to water behind Peru and Nicaragua, according to the United Nations Programme for Development (UNDP).

Meeting with UK Government on right to sanitation

On the 28 October, Kolleen Bouchane, FAN's Advocacy Action and Learning Officer, along with other civil society representatives met with officials from the UK Department for Int

Grassroots to Geneva — my few days at the United Nations by Josiah Omotto

 Mr Josiah Omotto from Umande Trust and KEWASNET in Kenya shares his thoughts and experience while in Geneva for the UN consultation on good prac

No woman should die while giving life - civil society message to Africa Union summit

In a statement to the AU Summit in July, civil society organisations urged African governments to Integrate previous commitments on water, sanitation and hygiene with maternal and child health and ensure that  they are prioritized and adequately resourced at national level.

Guatemala: the environmental impact of the Marlin mine

In August, Etech International, a firm of experienced professionals in oilfield environmental controls, water pollution control and environmental impact studies, produced an evaluation of the conditions and water quality at the mine to support efforts to ensure justice for the people affected.

Water News: FANCA launches online video channel

FANCA has launched its own internet channel through which it broadcasted the anti-mining Walk for Life. Andrew Mora, FANCA's Communications Officer, accompanied the walkers through the entire journey, collecting video and audio footage on the road which he posted as they went along.

Nicaragua: Centro Humboldt builds solar energy well

FANCA Nicaragua member The Humboldt Centre has built a well that runs on solar energy and solar-powered kitchens in the community of La Consulta, Villa Nueva. They will support the 56 families in the community who have serious problems with the quality of their drinking water. The few available water sources are dry and contaminated.

Panama: high risk of cyanide spillage at mine site

Environmental authorities have taken samples from the gold mine in Molejón, Colón, to determine whether the site has been contaminated with cyanide.