MDG Call to Action

					MDG Call to Action
UKWN and DFID meeting
Wednesday 16th July 2008


DFID participants
Sanjay Wijesekera New Head of Water Team –          s-wijesekera@dfid.gov.uk
Heather Pillans                                     H-Pillans@dfid.gov.uk
Sara Godfrey                                        s-godfrey@dfid.gov.uk
Peregrine Swann                                     P-Swann@dfid.gov.uk
Beth Scott (Consultant on Health, Hygiene and Sanitation)
Sue Cavill (Consultant)
Guy Howard
Gemma Ellwood

Ceridwen Johnson                   Freshwater Action Network
Sol Oyuela                         sol@progressio.org.uk
Chris Tydeman                      ctydeman@lineone.net
Srnivasan, Malaiappan              Malaiappan.Srinivasan@3valleys.co.uk
Bloomfield, Steve                  s.bloomfield@unison.co.uk
Lucy Stevens                       Lucy.Stevens@practicalaction.org.uk
Richard Clarke                     Tearfund
Mari Williams                      Mari.Williams@tearfund.org
David Bell                         David.Bell@worldvision.org.uk
Laura Hucks                        WaterAid
Sally Warren                       WaterAid
Oliver Cumming                     WaterAid
Elena Lopez- Gunn                  LSE

Objectives of the meeting were to share information on progress of the MDG Call to Action and consider
potential work in the lead up to the High Level Event to be held in New York on 25th September 2008

Heather Pillans, from the DFID Call to Action Team gave some back ground on MDG Call to Action (see
attached paper)

Call to Action is DFID’s lobbying campaign to build momentum and galvanise action around the MDGs,
launched an year ago. A high level event is planned for New York in September to look at where progress
has been made, what has worked / what has not worked and to set out a road map / milestones to get back
on track.

The “High Level Event”, to be hosted by the UN Secretary General aims to produce an action plan. This is
the same week as the UN General Assembly.

22nd September is Africa day where there will be a meeting of NEPAD. This will be attended by African
Heads of States and Robert Zoellick, President of WB.

There will be a range of “Partnership Events” on specific MDGs throughout the week., as well as 3
roundtables discussions. DFID suggested but could not confirm that the roundtable discussions will be
attended by the Prime Minister. Partnership events will also have ministerial level attendance
Roundtables - 25th September
health and education (Water and Sanitation are down to be discussed here)
poverty and hunger
Environment sustainability (Water Resources, including water resource Management issues will be
discussed)
DFID expects that outcomes of the partnership events will feed into the roundtable discussions. Roundtable
discussions are expected to summarise previous commitments as well as announce future commitments for
action. Outcomes of roundtable discussions are expected to feed into a final statement/speech by Ban Ki-
Moon

Background papers for the roundtables are not yet released. DFID were unable to provide information about
when they would be released, who was leading or whether they would be public. We understand UNICEF
have a key role in drafting the papers.

The partnership event on water and sanitation (24th at lunchtime) is being organised by Japan with
Netherlands and Tajikistan as co-convenors (possibly Spain too although not confirmed) and supported by
UK ( (). There will be two parts to the event; the first part will be given over to more formal speeches (led by
prince of Orange) and the second to a broader discussion and the launch of the UN’s GLAAS report (Global
Annual Assessment on Sanitation and Water).
The GLAAS report is expected to set the tone of the discussions, and Southern participants from GLAAS
report are expected to discuss successes and challenges.

An official declaration will come out of this partnership event. Not yet agreed what will be in it. DFID hope
that it will include an agreement for yearly high level meetings (that can have serious impact) on watsan, for
developing country governments to commit to get on track with national plans, donors to support national
plans and to get on track on sanitation, and restate that NGOs, Foundations, faith groups, etc have also an
important role to play in this process.

DFID are billing this as the first high level meeting on watsan, part of their 5 ones. High level ministers from
UK will be in attendance. Gates are expected to be at the meeting as is the chair of AMCOW (African
Ministers Council on Water). ANEW will probably be invited to this event.

DFID are currently lobbying the UN for a clear idea on how the partnership events can influence the
roundtables.

Outcomes from the roundtables and partnership events will be summarised in event statements

Currently, DFID suggest that UKWN / CSOs continue to try to raise awareness in UK and pressure
governments, push on what we would like to see coming out of the water event.

DFID have agreed to keep in touch as and when they receive more information.

They suggested a meeting with UKWN attending Stockholm Water Week for a further update

				
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