Freshwater Action Network
– grassroots influencing on water and sanitation

July 2012

Right to Service becomes law in Kerala (India)

On 25th July 2012, the Kerala Legislative Assembly has passed the Right to Service Bill-2012. The Kerala Chief Minister Oommen  Chandy has kept his promise of making available services including domestic water connections to people within a specified time.

 

First UNFCCC technical workshop on water and climate change impacts and adaptation strategies , held in Mexico city

Water and climate change, UNFCCC hold a SBSTA technical workshop

I was very happy to participate in the UNFCCC technical workshop on water and climate change on 18-20 July 2012. The workshop resulted from the lobbying work myself and my colleagues carried out at COP16 in Cancun when FAN worked with the Water and Climate Coalition to get water included in the climate change agenda.

FAN Global celebrates independence

FAN independence celebration logo

On 1 August 2012, Freshwater Action Network becomes an independent consortium.

Danielle Morley addresses delegates at Rio+20 Corporate Sustainability Forum

 

Danielle Morley addresses delegates at the Rio+20 Corporate Sustainability Forum on, Enabling Achievement of Water Sustainability Objectives through Collective Action and the Water Action Hub (18th June 2012). 

Nasir asks - Can SDGs serve and survive as tools for sustainable development?

Syed Shah Nasir Khisro, National Convenor of FANSA Pakistan, is participating in the Rio+20 conventions from 13 June 2012. He shares his participation and learning from the conference to the larger audience of FANSA family. 

Bangladesh: government cuts water and sanitation budget by US$ 121 million

The Bangladesh government has reduced its allocation for water and sanitation by around 10 billion taka (US$ 121 million) in the proposed 2012-13 budget. This is 29 per cent less than in 2011-2012. Just two months earlier at the SWA High Level Meeting in Washington, DC, the government had committed to increase the allocation for sanitation and water supply by 50 per cent. [1]

The future we DON’T want

 

FAN Mexico, FAN Central America and FAN South America, three of the regional members of  Freshwater Action Network, are deeply concerned with the results of the Rio+20 Conference document, where the proposed solutions by the major groups and NGOs have been mainly eliminated, leaving a document without real commitments thus representing "the future we DON’T want".

"The future we don't want"

Rio+20FutureWeDontWant

 

A representative of the NGO's major group opened the conference’s 1st plenary meeting on the 20th June 2012, with this frank and hard hitting statement at RIO+20. With many individuals and organizations now questioning the validity of the “Future We Want” document, can we expect further backlash from the 1000 or so organizations that refused to endorse it?

FAN South Asia launches new four-year strategy

FANSA strategy 2012-16

FANSA has released its new four-year strategy at the first annual general meeting of the new independent FAN Global focusing on the human right to water and sanitation, sector governance, equity and inclusion, climate change.