Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, France / Programme for Finland’s Water Sector Support to Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan / United Nations Economic Commission for Europe

Equitable access to water and sanitation: sustainable growth for all

Sunday 28 August | 11.00-12.30 | Room: L9

The focus on equity and access to safe and affordable drinking water and to adequate sanitation and hygiene “for all” is the main innovation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development compared to the past global ambitions and essentially its main challenge. The concept of inclusiveness that is inherent to the objective of achieving universal coverage with water and sanitation requires implementation of the five dimensions of the human rights to water and sanitation: availability of service, physical accessibility, quality and safety, affordability and acceptability. Access “for all” also means that “all” need to be involved in tackling this complex challenge which requires the involvement of different actors for its successful attainment. The event will focus on showcasing and analyzing through the equity lens different approaches and solutions – from legal frameworks and policy formulation to supporting its implementation and concrete action on the ground through specific projects. It will build on the spirit and approach of the Protocol on Water and Health which has been promoting universal access since its adoption in 1999 and is increasingly developing as the pan-European hub for bringing different stakeholders under its umbrella to share knowledge and good practice for attaining universality and equity.


11.00 Introduction
Pierre Studer, Federal Food Safety and Veterinary Office, Switzerland

11.05 Introduction of the equity concept and Protocol activities on equitable access
Yannick Pavageau, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, France

11.15 Key outcomes and actions resulting from the equitable access self-assessment exercise in the Republic of Moldova under UNECE-SDC project
Daniela Bordeianu, Solidarity Water for Europe in Moldova

11.30 Panel discussion on specific dimensions of equitable access and tools to address equity issues
Moderator: Oliver Schmoll, WHO Regional Office for Europe

  • Water, sanitation and hygiene in schools: the SDGs and the role the education sector
    Bella Monse, GIZ Sector Initiative Sustainable Sanitation
  • Access to water and sanitation in health care facilities, Rick Johnston, World Health Organization
  • Access to water and sanitation in rural areas – experience from a FinWaterWEI II project in Tajikistan
    Parviz Khudoydodov, Community-driven water and sanitation project, Oxfam in Tajikistan
  • Affordability of water and sanitation services
    Léo Heller, The Special Rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation
  • Bringing different tools together – developing equitable access action plans
    Francesca Bernardini, UNECE

12.00 Interactive discussion with the audience
Moderator: Johan Gely, SDC

12.25 Concluding remarks by the Chair