Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights / Slum Dwellers International / Stockholm International Water Institute / University of Leeds / Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council

Sanitation for society, including all (2/3)

Wednesday 28 August | 11.00-12.30 | Room: M5
Susanna Starck, SIWI

Sanitation for All: It’s less complicated than you think.

In this seminar we seek to understand our roles in achieving human right to sanitation: who are we excluding, why it’s less complicated than you think, and how we can make it real.

Both the SDG target and the human right to sanitation guarantee everyone access to sanitation which is safe, private, dignified, hygienic and affordable, and handwashing facilities, at home and in schools and hospitals. Improved sanitation is a public good that generates economic, health, environmental, social and cultural benefits for society as a whole. The 2030-Agenda puts the spotlight on previously-excluded people, including the poor, children, elderly and ethnic minorities. Solving the exclusion conundrum is not only the right thing to do, it is essential to realise the widest benefits of sanitation for everybody.

In this session we will expose the key tensions and practical implications of the human right to sanitation. Come and challenge our provocative panel of opinionated experts, they will not hold back!

Gold standard events are committed to ensure the gender balance in speakers/panellists and young professional representation in the session.


11:00 Welcome and introduction to the session

11:05 Expert intervention on the dimensions of exclusions 
Sue Coates,  WSSCC

11:20 Panel discussion with questions and answers from the audience 
Moderator: Barbara Evans, University of Leeds

  • Leo Heller, UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights to Safe Drinking Water and  Sanitation 
  • Beth Chitekwe-Biti, SDI
  • Guy Norman, WSUP
  • Dragana Jovanovic, Institute of Public Health of Serbia
  • Emily Woods, Sanivation

12:20 Wrapping-up and Closing remarks

12:30 Close of session