'We can’t fail twice: New global development agenda must be framed by human rights

29 May 2015

End Water Poverty Opinion piece in Devex: May 2015

It’s time to review the current development paradigm, and ensure that change must not just happen on paper, but achieves a better future for all. The new global development agenda post-2015 has to be framed by human rights and owned by the people.

We need to learn from the Millennium Development Goals and transform the current “business as usual”; the future cannot simply work to address the unfinished business of the past. If we want to truly address inequality, then human rights — particularly access to water, sanitation and hygiene — have to be a critical priority.

End Water Poverty, a global coalition of over 280 civil society organizations, calls for the recognition of water as central for life and development, and that no one must be left behind. It’s time to move to “business unusual.”

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End Water Poverty, through our member FAN-Mex attended the recent United Nations informal hearings on the post-2015 agenda. Read more about what EWP and civil society were calling for at the hearings in our opinion piece on Devex

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