WSSCC and partners gear up for Sanitation Action Summit in India


The event aims to mobilize partners to open the dialogue on sanitation for vulnerable groups in India

In partnership with Global Citizen India, the Government of India and the Government of Maharashtra, the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) will be holding a unique Sanitation Action summit on November 18th in Mumbai, giving voice to the sanitation and hygiene needs of marginalized and vulnerable groups in India.

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In a country where 44% of the 1.27 million population still defecates in the open, the absence of safe and hygienic sanitation largely affects marginalized groups such as sanitation workers, youth and adolescents, the elderly, transgender persons and the visually and hearing impaired.

Knowing the importance of partnering and engaging with development leaders and the private sector to uphold global sustainable goals, WSSCC will be opening the dialogue on access to sanitation and hygiene for all.

The summit will be held in Mumbai with an expected attendance of 300 people.  This consultative process will include representatives from the most marginalised constituencies the government, development partners, private sector, academia and global citizens.

In support of the Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM), the world’s most ambitious behaviour change movement, the one-day summit will bring together all of the different voices with shared aspirations and one objective: A clean India for everyone, everywhere all of the time.

There are over 26 million persons with disabilities in India, 100 million elderly persons, 4 million rag-pickers, 490,000 transgender persons and around 459 million women who menstruate every month.

WSSCC wants to deepen the conversation on addressing equity and inclusion with its partners, and engage everyone to understand what it means for the SBM and how it can be sustained, so that policy makers, programme implementers and service providers can listen to the needs and aspirations of India’s vulnerable groups.

Improved sanitation and hygiene in India is key to ensuring a healthy and sustainable country and will help our partners make a real difference in the lives of those who need it most while upholding a corporate social responsibility.

Held during of a momentous week for sanitation issues in India, alongside World Toilet Day and the Global Citizen Festival, the Sanitation Action Summit will aim for a constructive dialogue beyond exclusion to solutions, while using a framework of rights and responsibilities, providing real chances for rights holders to become true partners in development processes.

WSSCC is a UN-hosted organization dedicated to the sanitation needs of the most vulnerable and marginalized people. Established in 1990, WSSCC is the only United Nations body devoted solely to the sanitation needs of the most vulnerable and marginalized people. In collaboration with members in 150 countries it advocates for the billions of people worldwide who lack access to good sanitation, shares solutions that empower communities, and operates the GSF, which since 2008 has committed over $112 million to transform lives in developing countries.

Not only is the organization’s goal to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 6.2 granting adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene for all, but it is also to ensure global partnerships for sustainable development tapping into the wealth of private resources to uphold Goal 17.