In October 2009 WSSCC was pleased to make its first visit to China to learn about its WASH sector. The visit focused on meeting colleagues and learning about sanitation and hygiene issues and programmes as well as exploring the role for WSSCC in relation to China. There are a large number of people without improved sanitation in China, some 460 million mainly in rural areas according to the JMP.
The 1st IWA Development Congress was held in Mexico City from 15 to 19 November under the theme "Water and sanitation services: what works for developing countries". This event brought together water and sanitation professionals from all levels of the service delivery chain, from water utilities to NGO practitioners, in order to facilitate communication and experience sharing.