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WaterAid is supporting the Keep Your Promises global campaign calling on decision makers to stick to the commitments they have made to end the sanitation and water crisis.

WaterAid is supporting the Keep Your Promises global campaign, calling on decision-makers to meet the commitments they have made to end the sanitation and water crisis.

What is Keep Your Promises?

Politicians have made commitments locally, nationally, regionally and globally to get safe drinking water and sanitation to the world's poorest countries and communities – but words are not enough! These promises must be kept if we are going to ensure that everyone, everywhere has access to safe water and sanitation.

Keep Your Promises is a global campaign calling on decision-makers to meet their commitments to end the sanitation and water crisis.

A central part of the campaign, launched on World Toilet Day 2012, is a petition with three main demands:

  1. Increase efforts towards reaching the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) target on sanitation. At current rates of progress, it will be over 200 years before this target is reached in Sub-Saharan Africa!
  2. Ensure that water and sanitation are central to the ‘post-2015 development framework’ to follow the MDGs. Water and sanitation are crucial to all other areas of development, such as health and education, and should be prioritised.
  3. Work towards achieving safe sanitation and drinking water for all.

How is WaterAid involved

Since World Toilet Day 2012, WaterAid has joined campaigners in over 25 countries, calling on decision-makers to meet their commitments on sanitation and water and report back on the progress being made.

We helped to organise a series of Keep Your Promises ‘hearings’, where citizens from across the countries where WaterAid works spoke out about why water and sanitation matter to them. This was followed by The World Walks for Water and Sanitation, held on World Water Day 2013. WaterAid staff and supporters joined others to mobilise an incredible 400,000 people in 68 countries on symbolic walks to highlight the problems faced by millions of people without safe water and sanitation every day.

In September 2013, WaterAid continued to back the Keep Your Promises campaign by handing in a petition of over one million signatures at the UN General Assembly Millennium Development Goal Review Summit. The petition called on decision-makers to keep their promises on water and sanitation. 

On World Water Day 2014, we once again joined the hundreds of thousands of people worldwide walking in solidarity with the millions who have to walk for miles each day just to collect water or find a safe place to go to the toilet.

Whats next?

To find out more about the campaign, read more on the Keep Your Promises website >