Freshwater Action Network
– grassroots influencing on water and sanitation

May 2012

FAN Award Winners of Environmental Art Contest

Environment Action Association’s 11th Annual International Art contest

 

Congratulations to all the winners of the Environment Action Association’s 11th Annual International Art contest. We would especially like to give a huge round of applause to the three lucky winners in FAN’s Special Awards category.

Commitment to human rights essential for ensuring true sustainable development

 

Freshwater Action Network welcomed the Special Rapporteur on the Human Right to Safe Drinking Water and Sanitation’s open letter on 24 May 2012 calling on states to recommit to the human right to water and sanitation at Rio+20 in the run up to the third round of ‘informal informal’ negotiations.

It changed my perception…

Eklavya Prasad is representing FANSA in Bonn Climate Change Talks. He writes his first day experience from Bonn Climate Change Conference 21 – 25 May 2012. 

Water conspicuous by its absence at UNFCCC session on agriculture

Eklavya Prasad

While reading the daily program I got attracted to a session in which contact group were to discuss on issues relating to agriculture at the Reger room. This was my first experience of witnessing a negotiation between the parties. The contact group was there to discuss on issues concerning agriculture listed under SBSTA 36 agenda item nine. 

A first timer's view of the UN Climate Change talks

Eklavya Prasad

Today was my 'first' for numerous circumstances. My first time in a climate change negotiations; my first day in the ongoing UNFCCC's Bonn Climate Change Talks; my first occasion of interaction with Karin Lexen and Karin Glaumann of Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI); and of course first day at Bonn in the open.

Exploring paths to push water in the entire climate change discourse

The second day for me at the UNFCCC's Bonn Climate Change Talks was a mixed bag of experiences. The day started with a quick morning meeting and ended with a summary meeting with Karin Lexen and Karin Glaumann of Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI). This arrangement seems to be working well because it not only helps in planning the day but also creates space for clarifying doubts and in strategizing plans and actions for the following day.

Navigation the acronyms at the UN climate change talks

Jorgelina Hardoy

AWG-ADP, AWG-LCA, NAPs, NAPAS, CBDR, DC?! Jorgelina Hardoy, from the Latin American arm of the International Institute for Environment and Development, navigates the acronyms at the UNFCCC negotiations in Bonn.  

Like a 'toad from another hole' - civil society at the UN climate change talks

When civil society has the opportunity to access events such as the UN climate change talks, we might tend to see ourselves 'as a toad from another hole', or 'Sapo de otro pozo' as we say in Spanish. Discussions appear to be in terms of national governments and according to policy implementation of developing countries without the voice from NGOs. 

Update from first day of UNFCCC meeting in Bonn

Jorgelina Hardoy, FANAS member

Jorgelina Hardoy, FANAS member, reports back from the first day of the UNFCCC meeting in Bonn, at the opening session of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) - 36th session.

60% rural India lives on less than Rs 35 a day: NSSO Report

About 60 per cent of the population in rural India lives on less than `35 a day while nearly as many of the city population sustain on only `66 a day, according to the National Sample Survey Organisation (NSSO).