End Water Poverty, “an international campaign to end the global injustice that causes millions to live without access to clean water and sanitation” has come out with the Advocacy Guide: UN High-Level Plenary on the MDGs to help “organise lobbying activities in order to influence the outcome of the UN’s MDG+10 Summit in September 2010.”
The Millennium Development Goals or the MDGs set by the Heads of the State in 2000 to achieve targets to end world poverty by 2015 will be gathering this year (20-22 September 2010) in New York to “review progress made to date, and agree to a plan to accelerate progress in the remaining five years.”
There are several targets under the MDG which may remain unachievable by 2015 like the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). According to End Water Poverty campaing, this sanitation MDG target “example, will not be met on current trends in Sub-Saharan Africa until the 23rd Century.” However, it is expected that such off-track issues will be considered in 2010 summit and renewed focus will be made to achieve these targets. In such a context, End Water Poverty sees an opportunity to launch campaigning at both national and international level to advocate for the issues relating to water and sanitation.
The Advocacy Guide seeks to accelerate efforts for achieving MDGs and invest particularly in sanitation “as part of a comprehensive approach to tackling poverty, hunger and ill-health.” The guide outlines the calls for action in this context and also lists out some relevant strategies for undertaking the advocacy of these issues. From influencing governments to holding poverty hearings, there are some interesting approaches for organizations networking together for this movement.
Download the advocacy guide from this link.