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Once you have found the right contact, communicating your message effectively is essential; otherwise, your effort will be lost. Never ignore a contact you have made. If you make a lot of contacts before you find the “right’ contact” make sure you keep in touch with all of them, internal knowledge of the government system will come in handy and they may be able to help you at a later stage.

_____________________________Tip 4_____________________________ “…. Develop partnerships and team up with national and international organizations that are currently working on water.” ________________________________________________________________ Effective lobbying requires developing partnerships with other agents that are interested in the same issues as you. Partnerships can be developed with NGOs, private sector representatives, gender-focused groups, youth groups, and others. One way of finding out which groups in your country are currently active in Rio issues, is taking a look at the Zero Draft submissions in the UNCSD website. You can use the search bar and look for the submissions of organizations that are based in your country. Your proposal will be stronger if you present it as the product of an inclusive consultation with national water stakeholders.

_____________________________Tip 4_____________________________ “…. Join the global discussion in the water community.” ________________________________________________________________ Rio+20 is an opportunity to strengthen environmental governance. However, there are other opportunities to engage with members of the water sector. Before and after Rio+20 there will be ongoing opportunities for networking and exchanging ideas. These opportunities include the World Water Forum, the SIWI’s World Water Week, the International Meeting of the Damaffected People, and the Ministerial Conferences on Water.

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Rio+20: A Water Guide for Young Water Experts  

Water will be a central component of the Rio discussions due to its role in the green economy. Furthermore, water management structures will...

Rio+20: A Water Guide for Young Water Experts  

Water will be a central component of the Rio discussions due to its role in the green economy. Furthermore, water management structures will...

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