The Climate Solution Must Include Human Rights to Water and Sanitation- SWA Civil Society Joint Messaging 60234
The Climate Solution Must Include Human Rights to Water and Sanitation- SWA Civil Society Joint Messaging
The climate crisis is a water and sanitation crisis- it threatens existing systems and natural resources, as well as efforts to increase services for 3.6 billion people who lack safely managed sanitation and 2 billion people who lack access to safely managed water services. Climate change will, and already does, undermine the enjoyment of the rights to water and sanitation by intensifying floods and droughts, changing precipitation and temperature extremes that result in water scarcity and increased competition for water resources, disrupting sanitation systems, contaminating drinking water, and exacerbating the spread of disease.
Despite having contributed least to climate change, people with poor quality water, sanitation and hygiene services will find themselves at its forefront, all too often without the resources, capacity, or support to respond or adapt. Moreover, not securing their access to safe water or sanitation directly undermines their ability to mitigate the impacts or adapt to changing climate. Climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies, to ensure the rights to water and sanitation are respected, protected, and fulfilled, should be an integral part of national development, health and economic recovery, and poverty reduction policy, strategies, and planning processes.
SWA Civil Society partners comprising more than 140 networks and organizations in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Europe, the Latin and North America and the Caribbean regions, call attention to the human rights dimensions of water and sanitation to highlight the impacts of climate change on individuals and communities, thereby putting a human face to a problem that might otherwise seem distant. This document is designed to build a rights-based climate narrative for the water, sanitation, and hygiene sector to strengthen the advocacy efforts of the Civil Society constituency across the partnership and in the 50 countries in which they operate as SWA partners. SWA CSO partners will be using these messages as talking points with line ministries, the ministry of environment, and global leaders for advocacy at COP26 and in preparation for the 2022 SWA Sector Ministers’ Meeting.

It is often quoted that climate crisis is a water crisis. However, that narrative overlooks the sanitation systems that are fundamental for human health and sustainable development. Therefore, this document attempts to broaden that narrative as it is critical to increasing the understanding of sanitation and climate change linkages among stakeholders.
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Start Date & Time
Friday November 26th, 2021 11:00am GMT
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Friday November 26th, 2021 1:00pm GMT
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WaterAid Liberia Office
22nd Street, Sinkor
Monrovia , Liberia , Montserrado 101000
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Public Presentation
Host Name
Timothy Kpeh
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Host Organization
United Youth for Peace, Education, Transparency and Development in Liberia (UYPETDL) Inc.
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To share with participants the global WASH and Climate Change messages developed by the Sanitation and Water for All (SWA) civil society network and seeks their support to increase awareness on the messages. To also share with participants my experience and lessons learned during the Climate Reality Training. Build a strong team of Climate Reality leaders in Liberia to constructively engage national government and community dwellers in promoting awareness on climate change and WASH.
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Nonprofit Organization
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Start Date & Time: 11/26/2021 11:00:00 AM GMT

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