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The EU has badly let down the world’s poorest people on water and sanitation.
In 2002, the European Union launched its Water Initiative (EUWI) to great acclaim.
Its aim was to improve the effectiveness of EU aid for water and sanitation in order to help reach the Millennium Development Goals of halving, by 2015, the proportions of people without safe water and sanitation.
Three years later the EUWI has failed to help a single extra person gain access to water and sanitation.
Around the world, 1.1 billion people remain without safe water, 2.6 billion people still have no access to basic sanitation and every minute four children die from water-related diseases.
The EU Water Initiative and its separate but equally ineffectual EU Water Facility* are outrageous and indefensible failures that are costing lives.
We are asking you to join us in calling for sweeping reform to put the EU Water Initiative on-track and to scrap the EUWF altogether.
Read more about the failure of the EUWI and download the full report in our Policy news area
How can I take action?
You can help by taking a few moments to send a fax to your MEP via the simple online service provided by http://www.writetothem.com/.
Simply tap in your postcode to find out who your European Representatives are and ask them to challenge the EUWI and demand that the EUWF be scrapped. We have prepared a brief message that you can copy and paste below but please personalise the message before sending it.
Once you have found the MEP you wish to contact just copy the following text into the form at http://www.writetothem.com/:
I am very concerned that for the last four years the European Union Water Initiative has failed to deliver water and sanitation to a single extra person. Please do everything in your power to reform the EUWI. WaterAid and Tearfund research suggests that as a start there should be measurable targets and six month reports - the first of which should be at the next meeting of the EUWI. World water day is 22nd March 2008.
We are always keen to hear how your messages have been received. Please write back to email@example.com and let us know what your MEP said.
*Six months after launching its Water Initiative the EU set up the separate EU Water Facility (EUWF), a funding pot of €500 million. Hard pressed officials from developing countries are now making lengthy applications to the EUWF but the vast majority of these will never be successful since the funds are not enough to go round. The EUWF is 15 times oversubscribed. A child dies every 15 seconds from water-related diseases.
Also take action via online and: Tell the G8 leaders to urgently address the crisis in sanitation and water at their next summit in Japan.
The international effort on sanitation and water is in disarray. Make your voice heard.