22
MAY
2015

Loretto Joins 600+ Organizations in Advocating for the Human Right to Water and Sanitation

On April 22, International Mother Earth Day, and in anticipation of the zero-draft of the Post-2015 Development Agenda, the NGO Mining Working Group (including the Loretto Community) launched an effort to stand in solidarity with people and planet and secure the recognition of the Human Right to Water and Sanitation in the political Declaration of the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

The Declaration will be the document of political aspiration that will be adopted by Heads of State at the United Nations Summit to adopt the Post-2015 Development Agenda in September.

The Loretto Community, Loretto Women’s Network, Loretto Earth Network and Latin America/Caribbean Committee of the Loretto Community were among the over 600 organizations that signed on to the letter to governments, urging them to include the Human Right to Water and Sanitation in the Declaration of the Post-2015 Agenda, and many individuals and organizations engaged in the accompanying social media campaign aimed at UN missions, agencies, and specific ambassadors who have key influence in this process.

Loretto at the UN was a key contributor to this effort.  Our intern Cecilie designed the logo, helped to develop and translate the campaign materials and letter to the governments, and created and managed the social media pages.  She also helped to create this map, which is a wonderful visual representation of the global response to the campaign:

621 Groups HRTWS Map

Click here to read the letter to governments, and keep up with this campaign on social media by joining the hundreds of individuals and organizations that follow on Facebook and Twitter. Please feel free to engage, using the hashtag #DeclareHRTWS.

On May 21, the Mining Working Group sent a letter to Pope Francis, signed on by the Loretto Community.  The letter urged Pope Francis to speak out for the explicit naming of the human right to water and sanitation.  His voice would join that of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew who encouraged the international community to explicitly name the human right to water and sanitation on World Water Day, and Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Mariadiaga who advocated for the recognition of the human right to water and sanitation an event at the United Nations on March 5, 2015.  Read the letter to Pope Francis here.