ADB Sanitation Dialogue 2020 - Postponed to first quarter of 2021

Event | 30 June - 2 July 2020
ADB headquarters, Manila, Philippines


As the 21st century transitions into a new decade, 453 million people across Asia and the Pacific still defecate in the open, while 1.2 billion people have no access to basic sanitation services. Of these numbers, 72% live in rural areas.

The United Nations estimate that by current indications many developing countries will fall short of reaching the Sustainable Development Goal on sanitation for all by 2030 (SDG 6.2). It is clear that there is an urgent imperative to significantly advance plans, programs, and projects for sanitation in the region. Additionally, the situation underscores the demand for a different way of doing things – flush away business as usual – to ensure that investments are directed toward communities where interventions are needed the most.

The ADB Sanitation Dialogue 2020 (ASD 2020) focuses on the theme of “Accelerating Sanitation for All”. The three-day conference is an opportunity to raise the awareness and action on increasing access to inclusive sanitation. The event will gather representatives of ADB developing member countries, ADB specialists and project officers, and other decision-makers and development partners to discuss the latest sanitation strategies, technical options, including new technologies and alternatives, integrating resilience, as well as ways to tap financing.

As the fourth edition of the dialogue, ASD 2020 aims to amplify awareness on country/county/citywide inclusive sanitation (CWIS)—a systemic approach based on equity, safety, and sustainability. To avoid the unwelcome 2030 scenario of leaving people behind without adequate sanitation, this conference will focus strongly on practical solutions and building capacity to reinforce the motivation for sanitation for all.


ASD 2020 aims to share knowledge on developing and implementing inclusive sanitation through:

  • upfront presentations of the consequences of poor sanitation and polluted water sources;
  • heavy use of case studies (and potential workshops and field visits) to demonstrate solutions, including new approaches like countrywide/citywide inclusive sanitation (CWIS);
  • focus on introducing resilience planning in CWIS strategy using urban climate change resilience tools;
  • use of smaller work groups to ensure greater focus on issues confronting developing members;
  • opportunities for ADB and partners to explain how they can be of practical assistance to developing members; and
  • ensuring developing member delegates leave with a sense of purpose and clear views on what actions they can take to accelerate their sanitation work programs

Target participants

By invitation only. Registration available soon.

The event is expected to convene about 300 participants, of which 200 are delegates from at least 20 developing members and members of the ADB community. Major partners, such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Urban Climate Change Resilience Trust Fund, as well as other multilateral development banks, related organizations, private sector, and civil society will be represented.

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