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April 14, 2022

Report of the Butterfly Effect at the 9th World Water Forum - Dakar

From 21 to 25 March 2022, we participated in the 9th World Water Forum in Dakar !

The world water forum ended on March 25, 2022.

On the occasion of this flagship event of the water sector, the coalition of NGOs and CSOs for water - the Butterfly Effect - mobilized through its members to support an active involvement and participation of civil society both in the preparatory process and at the World Water Forum.

Discover some of the highlights of this mobilization here

April 14, 2022
March 28, 2022

World Water Forum : Civil society calls for a global political awakening

While the World Water Forum is taking place in Dakar from March 21 to 25, seven representatives of regional and global networks, bringing together more than 850 organizations, are calling on the leaders of the five continents to tackle concrete measures to tackle the global water crisis. 

Water is the major social and ecological issue of the 21st century.

Our organizations and their members, from five continents, call for five major policy changes to address the water crisis.

READ THE OP-ED (in french)

Meeting the challenges of water and sanitation is not impossible but requires urgent political action. Forty-six years after the 1977 conference, the United Nations will hold an intergovernmental conference on water in March 2023 in New York. With one year to go before this major event, we need a global surge for water!

This op-ed has been co-signed by more than 130 NGOs and international civil society organizations, the complete list of signatories can be found here

Thanks to our partners Swiss Development & Cooperation, France Diplomatie and the European Commission for making this global effort possible.

March 28, 2022
Category: General
March 15, 2022

Our wake-up call to tackle the global water crisis

Water is the major social and ecological issue of the 21st century. All stakeholders acknowledge the significant challenges we face in implementing the human rights to water and sanitation and in managing our water resources in an equitable and sustainable way.

Although water is primarily managed locally, the water crisis is GLOBAL: the entire international community is concerned. The World Water Forum, to be held from 21 to 26 March 2022 in Dakar, Senegal, is a key step towards the United Nations Water Conference in March 2023, where all States will be gathered.

Our recommendations to the States and the international community:

The members of the Butterfly Effect NGO coalition call for a global response to the water crisis!

5 concrete political changes are necessary:

  • A stronger political will
  • Stronger water governance
  • Actively involved citizens and civil society
  • Strong and transparent financial commitments
  • A renewed multilateral framework

Our process:

These demands are the result of a participatory advocacy process led for almost a year by the international NGO coalition of the Butterfly Effect. This process, which was conducted from the local to the global level, mobilized more than 200 participants from civil society in the water sector from all 5 continents.

Our messages were developed through a consultation of our members and 6 online workshops coordinated by regional water civil society networks. The results of these workshops are compiled in a detailed synthesis.

Our final proposals are gathered in this policy position paper.

With the World Water Forum approaching and the UN Water Conference just one year away, we expect a global awakening of States to face the water crisis!

Thanks to our partners Swiss Development & Cooperation, France Diplomatie, the European Union and the Agence Française de Développement for making this global effort possible.

The views expressed in this document do not in any way represent the official views of the organisations providing financial support. 

March 15, 2022
March 3, 2022

The Butterfly Effect publishes the results of its regional advocacy workshops!

In November and December 2021, members of the Butterfly Effect were co-organising a series of workshops to formulate a set of policy demands. 

During these workshops, nearly 180 NGO representatives discussed the question: What policy changes are needed to realise the human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation and for sustainable and equitable water management?

In order to open this process to civil society engaged in water issues, the Butterfly Effect has compiled the priorities formulated during these workshops into a synthesis, open to consultation.

The consultation form is available in English, French and Spanish

The different inputs collected from this consultation will contribute to the production of a short policy paper that will be submitted to decision makers in the water sector, notably on the occasion of the 9th World Water Forum and the UN Water Conference in 2023.

An updated version of this paper, incorporating the comments and remarks collected, will be published later on the Butterfly Effect website.

Thanks to our partners Swiss Development & Cooperation, France Diplomatie, the European Union and the Agence Française de Développement for making this global effort possible.

 

The views expressed in this document do not in any way represent the official views of the organisations providing financial support. 

March 3, 2022
January 27, 2022

The regional advocacy workshops

The international civil society coalition - the Butterfly Effect - co-organized a series of regional advocacy workshops for NGOs and CSOs working in the water sector between November and December 2021.

These workshops are part of a broader influencing process carried by the coalition and aiming to enable civil society to speak with a strong voice and influence decision-makers for positive, ambitious and concrete changes in favor of better water resources management and sanitation and a concrete implementation of the UN 2030 Agenda, in particular the MDG6 dedicated to water.

These workshops allowed to deepen the messages identified during an online consultation conducted by the Butterfly Effect during the summer 21 and to bring out concrete political demands are the main objectives of these workshops. They were also an opportunity to bring together many NGOs and CSOs working to improve access to water and sanitation for all in their respective regions and highlighted region-specific issues that can be used by the different actors later on.

The Butterfly Effect is currently working on a synthesis of the workshops compiling all the demands and policy priorities expressed by civil society. This synthesis will then be published and opened for consultation and feedback.

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For its influence work, the Butterfly Effect has identified two main targets:

-The Heads of State Declaration (Dakar, March 2022): the organizers of the World Water Forum that will take place in Senegal in March 2022 want to give a very strong political scope to this forum and connect it to the UN processes.
-The 2023 UN Water Decade Conference (New York, March 2023): the first global intergovernmental conference on water since 1977 and a most strategic platform for states' commitment to achieving the goals of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

If you are an NGO or CSO active in the water sector or interested in water issues, join us and help shape the political demands of civil society!

The organization of these workshops is made possible thanks to the support of the NGO coalition Butterfly Effect, coordinated by the International Secretariat for Water

Thanks to our partners Swiss Development & Cooperation, France Diplomatie and the European Union for making this global effort possible.

January 27, 2022
October 18, 2021

Synthesis of the advocacy consultation

The Butterfly Effect launched a consultation process this summer 2021 to gather a set of advocacy messages representing the voices and priorities expressed by NGOs and CSOs active in the water sector at the global level.

In total, 44 contributions from NGOs and CSOs around the world were received. The following synthesis presents the results of this consultation, and is structured as follows

  • Part 1: The current situation of the water and sanitation sector worldwide
  • Part 2: Policy changes and actions needed
  • Part 3: Messages to decision makers
  • Part 4: CSO/NGO actions in the water sector
  • Part 5: Role of the international community

A few strong propositions already emerged, amongst them:  show a strong political will in the field of water and sanitation, strengthen legal and institutional frameworks and water governance, make concrete financial commitments for water and sanitation, strengthen civil society and ensure citizen participation, deliver on commitments and be accountable, improve international cooperation and the multilateral framework for water and sanitation.

This consultation is part of an advocacy strategy to support its members and other CSOs and NGOs active in the water sector to express their views at a high level and influence decision-makers for positive, ambitious and concrete systemic changes in the way water and sanitation are managed, while contributing to the implementation of SDG6.

The Butterfly Effect has identified two major overarching goals for its advocacy process:

  • 1. The Heads of State Summit of the 9th World Water Forum (Dakar, March 2022)
  • 2. The UN Conference on the Water Decade 2023 (New York, March 2023)

This consultation will be followed by regional online workshops and will lead to the development of a policy paper compiling the policy demands expressed by NGOs and CSOs.

Download the Synthesis here in English, French or Spanish

 

October 18, 2021
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