Sanitation and Hygiene in the SDG Era on the Agenda at World Water Week

Date: 7th September 2017

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World Water Week takes place every year in Stockholm gathering experts from the WASH sector. © WSSCC/Jenny Karlsen

The 27th edition of World Water Week in Stockholm concluded on 1 September. This year’s theme, ‘Water and Waste: Reduce and Reuse’ aimed to discuss solutions to global water challenges.

The WASH agenda dominated WSSCC discussions, with special attention given to gender equality and promoting non-discrimination.

WSSCC had an action-packed week of engagements showcasing its sanitation and hygiene experience and policy advances in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

Highlights include:

WSSCC presented its 2016 Annual Report during the ‘Spotlight on WSSCC’ session with partner UN-Water.

Together with Global Citizen and  the Stockholm International Water Institue (SIWI), WSSCC hosted a session on ‘The Full Circle of Sanitation Accountability in WASH’, where panellists including Executive Director Chris Williams discussed accountability in global access to sanitation.Dr Williams reflects on the session in this blog, stressing the importance of collective responsibility to make sanitation for all a development priority.

At the side event, ‘Reaching Scale with Equity: Innovations and Early Learnings’, held in partnership with USAID with interventions from the Swedish International Development Corporation Agency (Sida),  Carolien van der Voorden from WSSCC’s  Global Sanitation Fund (GSF)  presented a new Equality and Non-Discrimination study, outlining the GSF’s approach to address Equality and Non Discrimination (EQND) issues in WASH.

Speaker Nanpet Chuktu, Programme Manager at United Purpose, WSSCC’s implementing partner in Nigeria, shared insights from the ground.

“The opportunity to present not only what we are doing but also what we are learning was a great one for me. The potential to test the boundaries is key to ensuring that our programming is all- inclusive,” he said.

Chuktu recalled discussions throughout the week on attaining the SDGs. “We can definitely support communities and families to leave no one behind by being deliberate in our engagement with them,” he continued.

In her blog from the event, Carolien van der Voorden reflects on talks around sanitation and the circular economy, the Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) journey, equality and non-discrimination and the role of civil society.

“It is clear that all sector organizations are working hard to better understand and address the Sustainable Development Goal commitment to universality, and the need to adjust programming to put the last first.”

The theme for World Water Week 2018  is “Water, Ecosystems and Human Development”.

For more insights from Stockholm World Water Week 2017 read  Devex‘s Five Takeaways from Stockholm World Water Week and the SDG Knowledge Hub‘s World Water Week Emphasizes Value of Water

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Read the latest blog from Executive Director Christopher Williams at World Water Week

Find information on WSSCC’s involvement in Stockholm World Water Week 2017 here