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Latin America and Caribbean
From practice to policy: Lessons from implementing Sanitation Safety Plans
This interactive session will share the experience of Philippines, Uganda, Peru and Jordan and Portugal on implementing risk assessment and management approaches (or Sanitation Safety Planning) allowing participants to explore technical policy and perception challenges and response in faecal sludge management and wastewater use.
Science faces practice: benefits and risks of wastewater use
Matching the specialists at each end of the pipe is the goal of this event. Wastewater and sanitation specialists and irrigation experts will discuss how to best handle sewage in agricultural settings by making it safe for use on the fields.
The State of the Evidence Base for WASH Microfinance
Water.org will host a panel discussion examining the current state of evidence for WASH microfinance and identifying the gaps in the knowledge base. Stakeholders, including WASH NGOs, microfinance practitioners, academics, and donors will review the current approach and discuss alterations needed to strengthen the evidence base for WASH microfinance.
Safely managed sanitation in small towns1: lessons from recent experiences
Small towns are crucial to meeting the sanitation SDGs, but face difficulties in developing technically, institutionally and financially viable services. This event will provide insights from experiences of small towns around the world, learning from successes and challenges on the way towards safely managed sanitation for all by 2030.
Chain-reaction: making corporate supply-chains work for WASH and the SDGs
This session will share analysis, case studies and strategy for effective action on WASH and faecal waste management within corporate supply chains where one in five people work. Progressive action at this scale will benefit workers, communities, business and the environment, and make a major contribution to the SDGs.
Implementation-monitoring of Human Rights to Water and Sanitation and SDG6
Join this dynamic-exchange of practical experiences on the implementation of the Human Rights to water and sanitation and SDG6 monitoring. This event will gather development partners, including regional bodies (IDB, African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights), civil society (ONGAWA, WaterLex), agencies (AECID, COSUDE) and governments around HRWS and SDG6.
Safely managed sanitation in small towns2: key challenges under scrutiny
Small towns are crucial to meeting the sanitation SDGs, but face difficulties in developing technically, institutionally and financially viable services. This event will facilitate an in-depth discussion about the challenges and ways forwards for small towns on their way towards safely managed sanitation for all by 2030.
Give a boost to sanitation entrepreneurs!
There is a lack of scalable businesses in the faecal sludge and sanitation space. Having yet another accelerator challenge and incubator initiative to attract businesses is not going to solve the problem. What can be done to support entrepreneurs? Give them a BOOST! Join this event and find out how.
Protection of the Sacred: Wastewater management and Indigenous Realities
What are the implications of water and wastewater management on indigenous cultures and survival? Many indigenous peoples hold a holistic worldview on water but face injustices regarding water pollution, especially women. How to ensure indigenous peoples participate in decision-making, and designing of solutions? Making space for indigenous voices on water/wastewater.
Reaching Millions - future capacity development for the sanitation sector
This seminar aims to share experience on new eLearning solutions for sanitation, ranging from MOOCs, small private online courses (SPOCs) or blended learning formats combining distance learning and live teaching. In a world café format, participants will discuss the potentials and limitations in reaching sanitation and water professionals through eLearning.
SDG-Synergies: Countries Link WASH and Nutrition to Reduce Malnutrition
The impact of WASH on nutritional status is increasingly evident, calling on WASH-related programmes to become more nutrition-sensitive. Several countries are successfully linking WASH and Nutrition through policy, budgeting, and implementation. Public Officials will share their countries’ related experiences, encouraging other countries to replicate them, or scale-up their own.
Is wastewater a She? Linking SDG6.3 (wastewater) and SDG5 (gender)
No SDG 6 without SDG 5! The lack of wastewater treatment is not gender neutral. Sustainable wastewater services need to focus on women’s involvement – as consulted customers and as wastewater professionals. Participants will discuss the challenges that women face and good policies and practices that can address them.
Operationalizing Citywide Inclusive Sanitation: right tools? right use?
The event will: (i) provide an overview of the variety of existing urban sanitation planning/design tools; (ii) compare their compatibility/complementarity and identify any important gaps; (iii) discuss a better alignment of those developing/disseminating the tools; and (iv) discuss the tools’ effective use and feedback mechanisms to measure/improve their use.
Eye on LAC:Halving the proportion of untreated wastewater by 2030
In LAC, it is estimated that only 28% of collected wastewater is adequately treated. This number implies that significant infrastructure investments are needed to meet the new SDG target of halving the proportion of untreated wastewater. This event will discuss how LAC will effectively implement this ambitious target.
Smart regulation to reduce faecal contamination of urban water resources
This session will present recent research around smart regulation of sanitation provision by urban citizens including slum landlords. We'll use engaging games to explore ways in which regulation in challenging contexts can be made smarter. It's important: better regulation of urban sanitation can have major impact on water resource quality.
Eye on LAC:Before/after the toilet: Sewer connectivity fecal-sludge management
Latin America has agreed to work towards adequate sanitation by 2030. This goal cannot be achieved if people don’t connect to sewer networks and fecal sludge is not properly managed. This seminar will focus on identifying strategies to promote connectivity and find solutions to the FSM challenges the region faces.
Gender and the Sanitation Market
Market-based approaches to sanitation harness market forces to stoke demand and build supply capacity for sanitation products and services. This side event draws on the experience of development practitioners and funders to move beyond theory to drive the discussion on how to incorporate gender-equity objectives into market-based approaches to sanitation.
WASH4Work: Mobilizing Business Action on Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene
Through case examples and interactive multi-stakeholder discussion, participants will identify necessary actions to create an enabling environment designed to catalyze business actions on WASH in the workplace, across their supply chains, and in communities, particularly looking at the connection between core business activities (including water and waste management) and WASH.
Sustainable Wastewater and Fecal Sludge Management in Asia: Fit-for-Purpose Solutions
This event aims at discussing ways to promote sustainable wastewater and sludge management in Asian developing countries. Key aspects will be examined including institutional, regulatory, financing arrangements, appropriate technology selection, stakeholders’ involvement. The outcomes of this event will be integrated in the Policy Declaration of the 3rd Asia-Pacific Water Summit.
AFRICA FOCUS Building Cities of the Future through High Performing Water Utilities
The event will focus on how utilities are at the forefront of development, and that without high performing utilities, there cannot be cities of the future. Discussions will include water management in cities, the role of utilities, and to how to improve their capacity to better contribute to city development.
Eye on LAC: What is new on wastewater reuse financing?
A unique opportunity to learn from some of the most innovative wastewater reuse financing cases in LAC, focusing on the barriers that obstruct this circular economy agenda and the incentives that can be developed across the investment cycle (from river basin planning to engineering, normative/regulatory, procurement, construction and operational issues).
Subsidies revisited: Supporting the poorest and most vulnerable in CLTS
Based on recent research and implementation this session will look at current thinking on the use of external support within Community-Led Total Sanitation practice. The session will be highly interactive and ample time will be given to participants to ask questions, comment on presentations and share their own experiences.
Integrated Urban Water Management – Challenges and Opportunities
The event will engage key stakeholders (governments, municipalities, utilities, NGOs, etc.) in a debate on urban water challenges and opportunities as they relate to Africa’s fast urbanizing cities. The Urban Waters in Africa Program will be presented, and IUWM practitioners will present/discuss their work in this field.
Water in the Circular Economy: Progress, Potential and Financing
This workshop will cover three ‘transitions’: the Progress, Potential and Financing, of “Waste” water in the Circular Economy. The goal is to promote and determine full potential of water in the circular economy and understand the financial requirements and instruments available.
Sanitation in Europe: From access to pollution reduction and reuse
The event provides an overview of sanitation challenges throughout the pan-European region, reflects on the knowledge gaps and highlights how these are addressed by the work under the UNECE/WHO Regional Office for Europe Protocol on Water and Health, expanding upon equitable access, institutional sanitation, small-scale systems, and pollution prevention.
Solid fuel from sludge: Resource recovery worth getting heated about
Making solid fuel from the sludge may not be the obvious route to reuse, but the growing cost of traditional fuels and declining availability is changing the market. The case studies from three independent organizations in Rwanda, Uganda and Kenya will change the way you think about sludge.
Waste, water and undernutrition: Evidence and policy perspectives
The role of poor sanitation in child stunting has received increased attention in recent years, but understanding of this issue in peri-urban areas and on what makes a successful, integrated response, remains limited. This session will draw on empirical evidence and concrete policy and practice examples to explore this issue.
Don’t neglect maintainers: Don’t waste investments for WASH in schools
WASH in Schools (WinS) is directly linked to three SDGs and included in an indicator of the education goal. This seminar focuses on the key success factors for improving management and O&M of WinS, in its multi-faceted stakeholder setting, comparing innovative approaches, but always placing the caretaker at the centre.
Public Private Partnerships in urban sanitation: Why, when, how
This side event will bring together diverse stakeholders in urban sanitation – including public authorities, sanitation businesses, WASH-implementing organisations, and donors – to explore the ingredients required to develop effective public private partnerships across the sanitation chain.
Pathogen flows: New insights and implications for urban sanitation
We do not know where the biggest health threat lies in traditional wastewater solutions for densely-populated and rapidly-urbanizing areas, yet liquid discharges (piped effluents, intended leachates, unintended leakages) receive less attention than faecal sludge. This event will critically examine pathogen removal assumptions/knowledge and explore implications for investment, policy, and research.
Providing safe water, sanitation and hygiene in health care facilities
Through a lively interactive session, concrete examples to determine the current status of WASH in HCFs and specific efforts to address this issue involving governments, foundations, NGOs, and the private sector, will be provided.