Freshwater Action Network
– grassroots influencing on water and sanitation


Jeannot Bosingizi nominated DRC 'Woman of courage'

Jeannot Bosingizi

On March 30, 2012 ANEW member Jeannot Bosingizi was nominated 'Woman of courage' for the environment in the DRC by the US Embassy in Kinshasa.


Interesting infographic on the lack of sanitation around the world


Take a look at this fun and informative graphic on Sanitation. Created to support the Water, Sanitation & Hygiene program of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which challenged 22 universities to submit proposals for how to invent a waterless, hygienic toilet that is safe and affordable for people in the developing world and doesn’t have to be connected to a sewer. Eight universities were awarded grants to “reinvent the toilet.”

Follow updates on Rio+20 negotiations

Hub page for all the lastest news and resources for following the Rio+20 negotiations. 

Youth and children group release water and Rio+20 guide to water

The UN Major Group of Children and Youth and SustainUS have collaborated to produce a Water Guide for Rio+20 providing an indepth overview of the water topics that will be discussed at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development. 

Water cluster three priorities for Rio+20


On 8 June, FAN Global submitted three top priorities on behalf of the WASH cluster to the NGO Major Group which will be compiled into a compendium along with all other cluster priorities. The final compendium will be attached to a document comprising of a brief introduction of agreed principles outlining key demands by all Major Groups.

ANEW members at Africa Water Week

Hear from FAN membersCatherine Ngaba (Vice-Chair of ANEW), Ngabaghila Chatata (Network Coordinator, Water and Environmental Sanitation Network, Malawi) and Hanan El-Amin (Founder & Chairperson for Environmental Union, Sudan) about their thoughts on Africa Water Week in a video from the event.

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.

Rio+20 summit briefing

Find out about Rio+20, also known as the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD), and how FAN is involved. 

FAN Member Lajana Manandhar reports on the SWA meeting in Washington DC

Left to right: Yakub Hussain (FAN South Asia rep, Bangladesh), Rudy Amega-Etego


On 20 April 2012, hundreds of delegates from all over the world are gathering in Washington DC to take part in the ‘Sanitation and Water for All – high level meeting’.