At the United Nations this week governments are discussing a new set of global, social, economic and environmental issues to determine the priorities for the next development post-2015. A preliminary draft of these Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), called the “Zero Draft” document was released on June 2, 2014 outlining these global priorities. Unfortunately the Zero Draft did not contain any reference to the human right to water and sanitation.

The Loretto Community, together with the UN Mining Working Group (MWG), the Feminist Task Force, the Blue Planet Project, Public Services International (PSI), Food and Water Watch, and the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP), has been collaborating to launch a sign-on campaign to ensure the Human Right to Water and Sanitation is included within the SDGs framework. Join the over 350 social justice organizations calling for the right to water and sanitation!

photo (3)Help Support this Important Cause:

1. Sign on your organization in support by clicking HERE. It will take you to the worldwewant2015.org, the official online platform carrying the global conversation on the Post 2015 and SDG process.

2. Circulate the “Dear Ambassador” Right to Water letter to your networks SDGrighttowater@gmail.com

3. Use the Share tools on the www.worldwewant2015.org to disseminate this call

4. Forward a copy of the Right to Water letter to the ambassador representing your country at the UN

5. Tweet the messages to explicitly name the right to water and sanitation in the #SDGs including #SDGH20 during the #OWG12 and use @FemTaskForce @MWGatUN @SustDev @worldwewant2015 @women_at_rio

6. Check out the recent MWG advocacy brief on a rights-based approach to resource extraction to learn about our advocacy strategies and vision for a post-2015 agenda

“For women around the world, water and sanitation are inextricably linked to increasing poverty levels, violence against women and girls, health and hygiene, safe/clean environment and other needs of women. While the fundamental relationship between human rights and sustainable development has been established and generally well-accepted, only two human rights treaties refer directly to a right to water:  The Convention of the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) & The Convention on the Rights of the Child

We feel that the Human Right to Water and Sanitation will be an important tool in our struggle to prevent the SDG agenda from being co-opted to promote greater corporate access to water resources and services, in particular in relation to the issue of mining and the extractives development model.” –Feminist Task Force