A Queue for Change 900,000 call to Japanese G8 leadership to provide taps and toilets for all Wednesday 2nd July, 10am: Following a global campaign, End Water Poverty an international coalition of over 100 Non Governmental Organisations - will...
A Queue for Change
900,000 call to Japanese G8 leadership to provide taps and toilets for all
Wednesday 2nd July, 10am: Following a global campaign, End Water Poverty an international coalition of over 100 Non Governmental Organisations - will be staging a queue for a toilet (inflatable!) outside the Japanese Embassy in London. Just five days before the start of the G8 Summit in Japan, the event will mark the official presentation of over 900,000 actions taken across the globe, including signed postcards asking the Government of Japan to lead G8 countries in ensuring safe water and sanitation for all. The petition will be handed over to Mr. Takaoka, Economic Minister at the Embassy of Japan.
As hosts of the 2008 G8 Summit, the Government of Japan have led the G8 by committing to putting water and sanitation on the summit agenda a step warmly welcomed by End Water Poverty campaigners. Yet fears remain that this crucial opportunity may be lost if leaders fail to take concerted action. End Water Poverty are calling on leaders to agree a global action plan on water and sanitation, including a commitment that every country has enough money to deliver the `taps and toilets' needed to provide life and dignity to their citizens.
Also joining the queue will be Japanese Formula 1 automobile racing driver and UK-Japan 2008 Goodwill Ambassador, Mr. Takuma Sato. According to Mr. Sato "I am delighted to know that Japan has put water and sanitation on this year's G8 agenda. It is such an important issue as I believe that everyone deserves the right to clean water and sanitation."
Steve Cockburn, International Campaign Coordinator for End Water Poverty commented, "Since, the End Water Poverty campaign was launched last year, almost 1 million actions have been taken calling for a global action plan on water and sanitation. The Japanese Government have acted positively by putting the issue on the agenda, but now it is time for the G8 as a whole to deliver action that will provide life and dignity for billions."
2008 is the UN `International Year of Sanitation', highlighting the pivotal role of safe sanitation to poverty reduction. Over 2.6bn people worldwide have no access to safe sanitation, and 1.1bn people have no access to safe water. As a result water-related diseases kill 5000 children every day, and 443m school days are lost every year. In 2000 world leaders set a target of halving the number of people without access to safe water and sanitation by 2015 but at current rates countries in Africa will not achieve the sanitation target until 2076.
End Water Poverty
End Water Poverty is an international campaign calling for sanitation and water for all. There is a growing coalition of like-minded organisations from all over the world demanding immediate action to tackle this crisis.
In total End Water Poverty has over 100 member organisations from over 30 countries, including; United Kingdom, USA, Nigeria, Bangladesh, Pakistan, DR Congo, India, South Africa, Canada, Malawi, Uganda, Cameron, The Netherlands, Niger, Switzerland, Zimbabwe, Benin, Nepal, Sudan, France, Germany, Mali, Morocco and Malta.
For an up to date list of organisations involved and what's going on around the world, visit: www.endwaterpoverty.org
End Water Poverty is calling for:
* One global action plan for sanitation and water monitored by one global task force
* A commitment that no national sanitation and water plan should fail for lack finance
* 70% of aid money for sanitation and water to be targeted at the poorest countries
* Water resources to be protected and shared equitably
Japan's support of clean water and sanitation
Japan has been the world's largest donor in the sanitation and water sector since the 1990s and on 22 February 2008, Japan's Minister for Foreign Affairs, Masahiko Koumura, delivered a speech committing his Government to putting sanitation and water firmly on the 2008 G8 agenda.