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Continued commitment now, in the future, and for future generations.

Hi! We hope that you're safe and well🌈 


A word from the President of the ISW-SWE, Antonella Cagnolati

The days we are living are tragically unprecedented and shared by the whole world. We are all equal, all vulnerable, but the - ''already vulnerable'' are even more so.  

It is in such moments, when uncertainty, distress, and precariousness invite themselves into our lives, and especially into the lives of the most deprived, that we are determined to be present and to continue to act within the limits imposed by circumstances.  

We commit ourselves to do so by adapting to the "during the crisis", but also to prepare ourselves for the "after the crisis" which will require from us a redoubled presence, and responses adapted to the societal changes that will occur because the world will never be the same again...  

Like many of our partners and despite the effects of the crisis, we remain committed to our mission. The nature of our work does not change, and it is taking on a renewed meaning, as the last few weeks have reminded us all with violence and pain of the importance of human rights, solidarity, citizenship, and respect for others.   

Our teams are working remotely and are mobilized to continue their activities. This crisis presents very particular challenges but also opportunities for all, particularly through changes in working and communication methods.  But despite this, we are determined to pursue and strengthen our mission, demonstrating flexibility and agility. 

Tender Award - Large-scale water & sanitation programme in Tajikistan

New programme on water supply and sanitation in rural areas in the Ferghana Valley (Sughd Region). We have been awarded a new contract with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) to contribute to the implementation of SDG 6 in Tajikistan: improving access to water and sanitation for all as well as enhancing hygiene behaviors in the Syr Darya river basin. The first phase of the programme of a budget of CH 7’789'000 will take place until 2024, with additional phases to follow.

We are looking forward to continuing our work to ensure sustainable and peaceful water management in Central Asia.


Read the article here

World Youth Parliament for Water  

New website!

The website of the World Youth Parliament for Water - the reference network of young people for water - gets a fresh new look! We are proud to have supported its development and we are convinced that it will give greater strength to young people committed to a world in which water is synonymous with sustainable development, peace, and opportunity.  

Visit the website here: www.youthforwater.org 
 
Sarah Dousse, Executive Director, ISW-SWE
‘’The World Youth Parliament for Water – initiated by the International Water Secretariat for Water in 2002 – catalyzes the voices and actions of more than 15 000 young people. Its strength resides in its local base – with more than 30 national chapters – from Soudan to Peru, through Pakistan. We’re certain that this website will help increase the connectivity of youth in the water sector’’ 

Internationally recognized influence and impact 

Youth voices in UN-Water Report

 
The United Nations water agency, UN-Water, published its latest edition of the World Water Report on March 22nd, on World Water Day. This report marks a milestone for the inclusion of youth in the efforts for a sustainable world: The World Parliament directly influenced the contents of this publication, adding strong youth voices! The network is presented in the report as a major actor for change notably in the field of water and climate. 

Read the full recap by the WYPW here 

Our youth impact highlighted by the World Economic Forum  
 
We are pleased that the World Economic Forum (WEF) recognizes our work as that of the youth community we support. This article published on World Water Day underlines the significance of the World Youth Parliament's youth-led advocacy for water and also the support of innovation among young people through the Youth for Water and Climate platform.   

United with the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne on World Wetlands Day 

 
We were in Akwesasne on February 2nd, 2020 to celebrate World Wetlands Day with the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne. We hosted a simulation of an environmental negotiation with community leaders.

This action is at the heart of the project ''La jeunesse d'Akwesasne mobilisée et engagée pour l'environnement''; implemented with the support of the Secrétariat à la Jeunesse du gouvernement du Québec and Montréal International. 


Read the full recap here

#TonFuturTonClimat - Youth taking action

Let us highlight the commitment of the members of our youth network who are taking concrete initiatives in their communities in response to the ongoing pandemic of COVID-19! 
 
In Togo, they responded to the call of the Danyi hospital center by offering material and supporting awareness efforts. Three hand-washing machines were installed, and cleaning equipment was provided. In Benin, the Réseau Béninois de la Jeunesse pour l’eau has taken action to make handwashing equipment available to the most vulnerable. These actions are financed by the Government of Quebec as part of the #TonFuturTonClimat project. 

Access to water is at the heart of efforts to guarantee the health of all. We are proud of these local actions, which are bearers of solidarity and hope. We support young people who are willing to take action which is particularly important at this time. 

More information on this subject will be unveiled next week! 

More on #TonFuturTonClimat here 

GWP’s Water ChangeMakers Awards 

We have partnered with the Global Water Partnership (https://www.gwp.org/) for the Water ChangeMakers Awards; an initiative to highlight those who are shaping water-related decisions that contribute to building water and climate resilience.  

Calls for submissions are now open until June 7, 2020! We invite you to submit your candidacy or that of a colleague who deserves this recognition and to share this publication in your networks! 

Read more here

To apply, visit www.waterchangemakers.org

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