Indian Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi’s Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, or clean India mission, has progressed the sanitation agenda in India, and achieved widespread support. World Toilet Summit India in January 2015 will act as a platform to achieve policy outcomes, amplify Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Swachh Bharat campaign, and mobilise partnerships to address India’s sanitation crisis.
The largest global event on toilets and sanitation, the summit will involve local and international NGOs, corporations, agencies, funders and intermediaries, and the government, to share, learn and collaborate to end open defecation in India.
“Under the guidance of Hon’ble Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi, Government is determined to improve the sanitation and hygiene in the country and we are taking all possible steps for the same,” said Mr Shankar Aggarwal, Secretary, Ministry of Urban Development. “We are confident together with organization such as World Toilet Organization and World Education Foundation, we will achieve our goal.”
“With the current momentum addressing toilet infrastructure in India, it is crucial that we also address behavioural change so that people will be motivated to own and use a toilet as a lifestyle choice,” said Jack Sim, Founder, World Toilet Organization. “Through World Toilet Summit India, we hope to mobilise partnerships to address India’s sanitation challenge, and end the practice of open defecation. We are excited to partner with the Government of India for the summit to address this critical issue.”
Mr Anuraag Saxena, CEO, World Education Foundation said, “We have data on school-dropouts from across the globe. It is now well-established that thousands of girls are dropping out when they hit puberty, largely because of a lack of toilets in their schools. We are unconsciously building in gender-inequality from an early age.”
Mr Lalitt Gattani, Chief Creative Officer, Showcraft Foundation, the event organisers, said, “World Toilet Summit will help us create awareness at the grassroots level, build strategic alliances to start action on the ground and strengthen government commitment.”
The two day summit will witness participation from various stakeholders including government, Municipal Corporation, corporate and non-government organisations among others. The event will deliberate on various aspects related to sanitation including the way forward, the experiences in other countries and evolving technologies that can play a pivotal role in the area of sanitation and can help overcome the issue of open defecation.
During the summit, sessions on global best practices and the scope for public-private partnership for sanitation will also be organized. The impact that education may have on sanitation will be deliberated with focus on ways to make our schools a better place. It will also discuss low-cost solutions that might be helpful in mitigating the problems.
World Toilet Summit India: 19th and 20th January 2015, Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi. Join the global sanitation movement and let’s work together to address India’s sanitation challenge! Register and find out more at wtsindia.in
About World Toilet Summit
The World Toilet Summit (WTS) is a unique global platform that brings together sanitation stakeholders to share, learn and collaborate to address the global sanitation challenge. The annual summit is jointly organized by a host government and local organizer, and the World Toilet Organization and involves policy makers, toilet associations, non-profit and for-profit entities and private sector stakeholders in the sanitation sector. WTS was established in 2001 and to date has been hosted in 12 cities. Each summit aims to address issues of toilets and sanitation including: technology, design and maintenance, finance models, social entrepreneurship, capacity building and other related topics. This event creates massive media coverage, interest and momentum for the sanitation movement. WTS is the only global sanitation summit that straddles urban and rural sanitation. Join World Toilet Summit India wtsindia.in