Keep Your Promises

Keep Your Promises


The 'Keep Your Promises' Campaign demanded that everyone’s human right to water and sanitation was fully realised, and that no one was left behind. We called for governments to keep the promises they had made and ensure water and sanitation for all!

Keep Your Promises was a previous End Water Poverty campaign, which demanded that all governments ensured that everyone have access to water and sanitation. But more than just access itself, the campaign demanded that access is alongside other human rights standards and principles. Decision makers had made many commitments and promises, on global, regional and national levels to achieve universal access to water and sanitation in a range of agreements. Keep Your Promises allowed the opportunity to put these words into action and make real progress towards providing sanitation and water for all, particularly addressing the needs of the poorest and most marginalised.

We want water and sanitation to be available and accessible to all, affordable for all, acceptable for all, and of a good quality for all. We want water and sanitation provision to be framed by equality, with no discrimination on any grounds. And we want people to be able to participate in decisions around the realisation of their right, for them to have access to the information they need to voice concerns and to be able to hold service providers and governments to account.

End Water Poverty members around the word have been and are continuously undertaking national advocacy to hold their governments to account:

  • In Pakistan, our members have successfully lobbied for budget increases for WASH and are now lobbying the government to include the right to water and sanitation in the constitution.
  • In Zambia and Zimbabwe our members have developed indicators on the rights to water and sanitation and are using these to advocate for greater resources for sustainable WASH.
  • In Mexico, our member is challenging the draft water law. In May 2017, the Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights to Safe Water and Sanitation visited Mexico and published his findings on the challenges to fully guaranteeing these rights to water and sanitation. Read more about this here.
  • In Nepal, as a result of our our members lobbying efforts, the government has passed the human rights to water and sanitation services in their constitution.

And at a global level, we are delighted that after much lobbying and advocacy over the past 3 years, the WASH sector has successfully advocated for the human right to water and sanitation to be included as a critical element in the new Sustainable Development Agenda 2030 and the Global Goals. We applaud the explicit mention of the human rights to water and sanitation, along with the dedicated goal on WASH, Goal 6! This is incredible news and an important step in ensuring we achieve the change we want to see in the world, and truly end the water and sanitation crisis!

Although the Keep Your Promises campaign has concluded, End Water Poverty's efforts continues through its annual campaign, Water Action Month. To join us in advocating for decision makers to keep their promises and provide safely managed water and sanitation for all contact to find out how we can support you in your advocacy efforts.