The target of Millennium Development Goal 7 calls to “halve, by 2015, the proportion of the population without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation”.
In July 2010 the United Nations General Assembly through Resolution A/RES/64/292 declared safe and clean drinking water and sanitation a human right essential to the full enjoyment of life and all other human rights.
The campaign is important towards ensuring access to water and sanitation as human rights constitute an important step towards making it a reality for everyone. It means that:
• Access to safe water and basic sanitation is a legal entitlement, rather than a commodity, privilege or service provided on a charitable basis;
• Communities and vulnerable groups will be empowered to constantly remind their elected representatives and monitor promises at local and national levels;
• Achieving basic and improved levels of access should be accelerated to meet the needs of groups and communities mostly in need.
The Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Network in collaboration with WaterAid Liberia and Sierra Leone together with other key stakeholders therefore need greater increase in the percentage of the national budget going towards WASH services and to further prioritize the sector for effective delivery.
This petition is therefore tied to the Network’s four core strategic objectives as follows:
Increased citizen awareness and CSO have enhanced/adequate capacity to advocate for WaSH issues; WaSH is prioritised in SL policies and programmes; Institutional capacity and monitoring is effective and contributing to WaSH implementation; increased funding for wash and used in a transparent manner.
Considering the many international instruments our governments have signed up to, less have been achieved so far as CSOs on the frontlines of WASH advocacy we want to ensure constant and constructive engagement at that initial stage of campaigning that allows wider public debate through open forums and effective media campaigns.
We strongly believe with this campaign and petition the general citizenry will be given the opportunity to hold their locally elected representatives to account and to further remind them of their promises to make WASH as a human right for not only the poor and marginalized, but for every Sierra Leonean.
Water is a key factor in the socio-economic development and the fight against poverty. Deliberate efforts are therefore needed in the management of the resources in order to sustain the desired socio-economic development and to achieve target 10 of the MDGs which aims at halving, by 2015, the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water.
With your voice we can make it happen!
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