The 14th Annual World Toilet Summit to be held in New Delhi next year

Business Events | December 12, 2014 | News

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Swachh Bharat Abhiyan launched by Honourable Prime Minister Narendra Modi for making India a clean and hygienic country is receiving support from all quarters. World Toilet Organization, a global non-profit committed to improving toilet and sanitation conditions worldwide, and World Education Foundation will be organizing the 14th Annual World Toilet Summit on Jan. 19-20 under the aegis of Ministry of Urban Development, Govt. of India. Showcraft Foundation is the strategic partner and key driver in bringing this global initiative to India. 

The World Toilet Summit is a unique global platform that brings together sanitation stakeholders to share, learn and collaborate to address the global sanitation challenge. The announcement of the summit was made at a press conference held in New Delhi by Shankar Aggarwal (Secretary, Ministry of Urban Development) and Lalitt Gattani (Chief Creative Officer, Showcraft Foundation). Jack Sim (Founder, World Toilet Organization) and Anuraag Saxena (CEO, Asia Pacific, World Education Foundation) joined live via video.

To be organized at Vigyan Bhawan in Delhi, the two day summit will witness participation from various stakeholders including the government, municipal corporations, corporate and non-government organizations among others. The event will deliberate on various aspects related to sanitation including the way forward, the experiences in other countries and evolving technologies which can play a pivotal role in the area of sanitation and can help overcome the issue of open defecation, which is rampant in India.

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.

Optimistic about the outcome of Swachh Bharat Mission, Shankar Aggarwal, Secretary, Ministry of Urban Development, said: “Under the guidance of Honourable Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the government is determined to improve the sanitation and hygiene in the country and we are taking all possible steps for the same. We are confident together with organization such as World Toilet Organization and World Education Foundation, we will achieve our goal.”

Speaking via video, Jack Sim, Founder, World Toilet Organization said: “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. 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.”

Adding further, 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.”

Commenting on the occasion, Lalitt Gattani, Chief Creative Officer, Showcraft Foundation said, “World Toilet Summit will help us create awareness at the grassroot level, build strategic alliance to start action on the ground and strengthen government commitment.”

The annual event, which has Showcraft on board, will be organized by World Toilet Organization for the Swachh Bharat Initiative.

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