Freshwater Action Network South Asia (FANSA) organised consultative workshops on Human Right to Safe Drinking Water in association with WaterLex and Antenna Technologies in Nepal and India.
WaterLex, with Antenna Technologies, FANSA and other partners, are working on a “Safe Water Project” for scaling up safe water solutions in Nepal, India and Pakistan. In July 2016, the three organisations came together to design strategic advocacy action plans for implementation of safe water policy/commitments. WaterLex was present to build capacity on SDG 6 and the Human Right to Water and Sanitation (HRWS) for local social enterprises in the water sector and civil society organisations. Approximately sixty people attended the training workshops. The workshops were held in Kathmandu, Nepal and in Solan, Himachal Pradesh, India.
The primary objective of the workshops in both countries was to enhance understanding of the national and global perspectives of the HRWS among the water and sanitation activists and service providers. FANSA representatives focused on the roles and contributions of each stakeholder toward achieving the human rights to water and sanitation, both nationally and globally.
WaterLex Development Officer, Mr. Brieux Michoud was present to share the global perspective of human right to water and sanitation. He focused on the 2030 Agenda, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), went into detail on Goal 6, Clean Water and Sanitation and focused then on the ten principles and criteria of the HRWS and the obligations of the principles and criteria. Then, Mr. Michoud shared the new tool designed by WaterLex, the “Checklist on HRWS for Small Scale Water Providers” which aims to increase water providers’ compliance with the human right to water and sanitation principles and criteria.
The presentations were followed by group discussions on the checklist prepared by WaterLex to assess the compliance to human right to water and sanitation. Different groups of civil society organisations, service providers and social entrepreneurs discussed the checklist. Based on the tool, they discussed possible strategic advocacy action plans for implementation of safe water policies and commitments.
At the end of the workshop, they shared their opinions on the workshop and provided feedback to improve the checklist and make it more usable to different stakeholders. Attendees shared that the workshop helped them to understand the concepts of the human right to water and sanitation. Feedback was overall positive. The representatives from social entrepreneurs found the checklist to be enlightening specific to their responsibilities. Water service provider representatives found the programme to be highly relevant and important to their work. They expressed that the checklist is useful to assess their rank in realisation of human right to water and sanitation. Executive Director of Kathmandu Valley Water Supply Management Board, Mr. Sanjeev Rana stated that the findings and recommendations of the workshop are highly valuable for the water and sanitation policy makers and the concerned government agencies.
Freshwater Action Network South Asia (FANSA) Nepal is a network of CSOs working in the WASH sector advocating for realisation of Human Right to Water and Sanitation and achieving universal access to water and sanitation services. FANSA Nepal is building a national platform in Nepal to advocate for policies that support public and private collaborations to scale up the Household Water Treatment Solutions (HWTS) in harmony with the principles of Human Right to Water. Website
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