Seminar on Sanitation and Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM)

Background

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) include the target of "reducing by half the population of people without access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation". Though many efforts have been undertaken and the number of people with access to basic sanitation facilities has risen rapidly especially in east Asia, there is still a lack of proper sanitation and hygiene practice, with approximately 1.8 million children dying each year due to unclean water. Water and sanitation are closely related to other issues, such as poverty, health, education, and gender, where progress is needed to achieve sustainable development. Behavioral change and developing clean and safe sanitation facilities are crucial for maternal and child health.

Based on this background, the United Nations launched the International Year of Sanitation (IYS) in 2008 and many conferences and workshops to cope with sanitation issues were held last year. IYS changed the situation by helping countries open debates for better sanitation.

Objectives

This seminar aims to facilitate discussion on 1) positioning sustainable sanitation in society, 2) optimizing sanitation technology, and 3) financing sanitation, which are critical in advancing sanitation towards achieving the MDGs sanitation target and beyond. In addition, the seminar will introduce Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) which could be applied to improve the current situation of sanitation. It will also identify the next steps to take towards achieving MDGs and beyond.

Outputs

  1. Policy recommendations to improve sanitation and achieve MDGs.
  2. Shared experiences and good practices on sanitation.
  3. Strengthened networking among agencies concerned in charge of sanitation and water resources management.

Participants

Decision makers and senior officials from Asian, African, and Latin American countries and representatives of international organizations

How to Register

Participation is by invitation only.

Language

English

Partners

ADB Headquarters, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), Government of Japan, United Nations University, United Nations Secretary- General's Advisory Board On Water And Sanitation (UNSGAB), United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), Asia-Pacific Water Forum (APWF), and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).