CSOs National Consultative Meeting in Nepal to prepare the SWA HLMs

FANSA Nepal and End Water Poverty (EWP)

#HLM2017 Partners Perspectives Series Lanjana SM

24 Mar, 2017 in Partner Perspective Categories

Civil society organizations in Nepal came together and spent a day discussing on the issues related to water, sanitation and hygiene. The CSOs national consultative meeting was hosted by NGO forum for Urban Water and Sanitation and FANSA Nepal with the support from SWA and End Water Poverty (EWP). 

The key objective of the meeting was to give a platform for the CSOs to discuss and come up with their opinions, perspectives and recommendations to the government in preparation for the SWA Sector Ministers Meeting and High-level Meeting to be held on 19 and 20 April 2017 in Washington DC. The meeting was participated by the CSO representatives from different regions, alliances, community based organizations including the organizations working for people with disability and rights of the slum dwellers, government,  Unicef, WaterAid, and social entrepreneurs.

Lajana Manandhar, national convener of FANSA, welcomed the participants and she also briefed about SWA, the upcoming Sector and Finance Ministers' Meetings, set the context and explained the objectives and expected outcome of the meeting.   

The chief guest of the programme, Mr. Ram Chandra Devkota, joint secretary of Ministry of Water Supply and Sanitation, appreciated the initiative taken by the CSOs in organizing the meeting and he believed that the recommendations from the meeting will be an important input to the preparatory work of the government for the HLMs.  He also emphasized  the importance of partnership between government and the CSOs to achieve Sustainable Development Goals and the national goals.  The presentations and the discussion in the meeting made a reference to the Sector Development Plan (draft) which had  identified the key sector challenges as reaching the unreached, improving functionality and sustainability, enhancing service levels including water quality and upscaling sanitation services, meeting the resource gap, urban WASH issues, climate change impact and water resource management.