WaterAid India to host ‘India WASH Summit’ in New Delhi to identify solutions for Swachh Bharat

New Delhi: WaterAid India in partnership with the Ministry of Drinking Water & Sanitation and Ministry of Urban Development is hosting the India WASH Summit in New Delhi from 16-18 February 2015 to bring together the government, the private sector as well as the civil society working to make clean India a reality by 2019 and identify solutions for Swachh Bharat.

The Summit will be a 3-day event where technical sessions will look at various aspects of WASH such as water, hygiene and sanitation during the planning and implementation phases of a sanitation programme, the sustainability of sanitation programmes and other related aspects like relationship between WASH and health and nutrition, WASH in schools, gender, rights & equity, research and resourcing WASH.

The co-convenors for the Summit include SHARE, UKAID, UNICEF and Water & Sanitation Program. Organisations like ARGHYAM, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, Global Sanitation Fund, IRC , Plan India, Tata Trust, Water For People, Wells For India, World Vision, World Food Program, WSSCC, Wash United and Coalition Food & Nutrition Security will be the partners of the Summit.

“The Swachh Bharat campaign launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi is an unprecedented opportunity to raise the issue of sanitation and the safe disposal of human waste. I believe that all those involved in the campaign need to work together and learn from our previous experiences, successes and failures. Thus, WaterAid India is hosting this Summit to help bring learning and inspiration together to enhance the campaign,” said Neeraj Jain, Chief Executive, WaterAid India.

Key participants at the Summit include Chaudhary Birender Singh, Union Minister for Rural Development, Vijayalakshmi Joshi, Secretary, Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, Naina Lal Kidwai, Group General Manager and Country Head, HSBC India, Sue Coates, ‎Chief Water, Sanitation & Hygiene, UNICEF India and Jairam Ramesh, former Rural Development Minister.

More information regarding the Summit can be accessed at: www.indiawashsummit.org

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