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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.
Urban Lessons from Japan: Technical Exchange on Water and Waste
Lessons will be presented from technical knowledge exchanges held in Japan and research commissioned through the collaboration between the World Bank and the Japanese Government. The Tokyo Development Learning Center, World Bank Group will serve as the convener.
Accelerating actions for Water & Disasters in the next Decade
In parallel with the UN/international process to discuss the actions for water and disasters in the framework of the International Decade for Action, "Water for Sustainable Development", the event will be the opportunity for stakeholders to express their views on priority actions for water and disasters in the next decade.
A Second Sanitary Revolution in support of The New Urban Agenda
A Sanitary revolution is necessary as the broader issues of solid waste management and drainage, must be included to bring the radical changes needed.
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.
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.
Experience different perspectives on the urban water-energy-waste nexus!
In this interactive group work participants are invited to take the perspective of different nexus stakeholders and discuss crucial technological, socio-cultural, environmental and political factors for the water-energy-waste systems of urban settings. In vital discussions and by presenting their results, the participants will identify barriers of sustainable urban transformation.
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.
Call to Action: Radically Shifting Mindsets for Citywide Inclusive Sanitation
The session will: (i) present the ongoing and planned activities by a coalition of partners under the banner of the Call to Action for Citywide Inclusive Sanitation; (ii) discuss practical commitments from current and potential coalition members under the initiative; and (iii) consult on a strategy for reaching non-sanitation stakeholders.
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 and 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.
ASIA FOCUS: Sustainable Wastewater and Fecal Sludge Management: 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.
Solving the plastic waste crisis in urban waterways
The panel discusses the challenges of waste and plastic pollution in urban canal and river systems and the benefits of collaboration between the waste and water sectors. The event explores circular economy approaches for an effective plastics system and biocycle. It also presents examples from developing and emerging countries.
ASIA 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.
Water security in fragile contexts
Untangling water insecurity’s role in contributing to political, social and environmental fragility is difficult, yet it is becoming a fundamental question for water policy given the scale of the fragility challenge. This session will explore ways in which water management and investments can promote stability and an escape from fragility
EYE ON LAC:Green Infrastructure and the Circular Economy of Water
By incorporating nature-based solutions (green infrastructure) as part of a comprehensive approach to managing the full water cycle, from source to discharge and reuse, cities can optimize capital and operational costs, and gain benefits such as increased health and higher adaptation/mitigation capacity to climate change related events.
Circular Economy Cities: Transforming China and India's Urban Wastewater
This seminar will showcase research on transforming traditional urban wastewater and sewage management systems towards circular economy, contrast approaches gaining traction in China and India,and discuss policies, institutional, and financial challenges. Harnessing much-needed energy from materials traditionally considered “waste” can impact urban energy use, emissions, and achieving IUWM and SDGs.
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.
The HSBC Water Programme: Transforming lives in the Ganga
Join our interactive session to find out how a multi-partner approach combining corporate stewardship, WASH and citizen science is helping to tackle waste water challenges in the Ganga basin. Our event will cover the innovative Kanpur Leather Buyers’ platform, improved access to sanitation and research to protect wetlands.
Water Scarce Cities - towards urban water security under scarcity
Cities face growing challenges to adequately manage dwindling water resources in the face of urbanization and climate change. This panel of expert practitioners will discuss how developing water-stressed cities can draw new and existing solutions from the experience of pioneer cities in California, East Asia and the Middle East.
Implementing Integrated Urban Water Management: training tools and applied examples
The event will present the key principles of employing an IUWM framework for the review and prioritization of integrated water interventions in developing country cities, including resource recovery and reuse. It will introduce participants to the recently developed IUWM Training Package and have practitioners discuss its usefulness and applicability.
Ecosystems, water, and health: The multiple dimensions of natural infrastructure
The water sector is embracing green infrastructure, but this is not yet mainstreamed, best practice. Green infrastructure projects have not taken full advantage of their potential to generate multiple benefits. How do we create the technical / policy shifts needed to mainstream green infrastructure for water, ecosystem, and health benefits?
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.
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.
Tapping capital markets to finance WASH investments: An SDG imperative
Panelists will present their experiences in financing investments in and relevant to the WASH sector and explore how this experience can be incorporated into new strategies and partnerships to expand access to commercial and market capital. The audience will be encouraged to provide their views during an open, interactive session.