Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation / Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit / IHE Delft / SNV / Sustainable Sanitation Alliance / University of Technology Sydney / Water & Sanitation for the Urban Poor

The SDG6 Debating Game

Thursday 30 August | 14.00-15.30 | Room: NL 253
Aidan Dockery for SNV

Reaching SDGs 6.2 and 6.3 in cities and towns in developing countries involves making complex strategic choices and significant investments. Many decisions have significant trade-offs and often determine future investment or service options. Making the right decisions becomes even more complex in the light of uncertain climate change effects, population growth and migration, and of course ever limited financial resources. Capacities of utilities and local governments are limited, and global experience is mixed. Past urban sanitation investments in developed countries face sustainability challenges in terms of energy consumption, emissions, and environmental targets.

The event will engage the audience in a debating game, between opponents and proponents of a statement. After group preparation, statement opponents and proponents will engage in a competitive, time-bound debate of three (3) rounds. A jury consisting of a utility, local authority and university members will judge the arguments and pronounce the winner. Between rounds, short pechakucha style inputs from actual practice will be shared to further feed into the debate. 


14.00 Opening, explanation and set-up of the SDG 6 debate

Facilitation Antoinette Kome, global WASH coordinator, SNV

14.10 Trade-offs in urban sanitation investment choices 

Danielle Pedi, Senior Program Officer, Urban Sanitation Markets | Water, Sanitation and Hygiene | Global Growth and Opportunity, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, USA

14.15 The debating statement and preparation of the debate

14.30 First round of the SDG 6 debate

14.40 Perspectives on leaving no-one behind in urban settings

presentation by Maria Carreiro, WASH Sector Leader, SNV Indonesia

14.45 Review of arguments

15.00 Second round of the SDG 6 Debate

15.10 Secret audience vote

15.15 Verdict of the Jury  

The jury consists of five (5) members: 

  1. Eng. Peter Mutale, Chief Inspector NAWASCO, Zambia 
  2. Ir. Laisa Wahanudin, M.Med.Sc (PH), Head of Sub directorate of Sanitation, Directorate of Urban, Housing, and Settlements, Ministry of National Development Planning, Indonesia
  3. Najib Batenganya, Deputy Director Sanitation & Environment, Kampala Capital City Authority, Uganda
  4. Dr. Adnan Al-Zoubi, the Secretary General Assistant of the Jordanian Ministry of Water and Irrigation, Jordan
  5. Freya Mills, Senior Researcher, Institute for Sustainable Futures of the University of Technology of Sydney, Australia 

15.30 Closure