Global Water Alliance 15th Annual Conference

Are We There Yet? United Nations Goal of Universal Access to Sanitation Services by 2030 – Progress, Challenges, and Solutions

Time: October 6, 2022 | 8:00 AM – 4:30PM EDT; followed by reception at McNeil Building (3718 Locust Walk)

Location: Perry World House, University of Pennsylvania

According to the World Health Organization, “Some 829,000 people in low and middle-income countries die as a result of inadequate water, sanitation, and hygiene each year, representing 60% of total diarrheal deaths. Poor sanitation is believed to be the main cause in some 432,000 of these deaths.” This year marks the midpoint between when the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) were set (2015) and the deadline for when they are to be accomplished (2030). SDG 6 includes universal access for sanitation services as one of its goals and there is still a great amount of work to be done to meet that goal. This one-day conference will explore the progress made to date, the remaining challenges, and examples of policy implementations in meeting the sanitation goal. Speakers and panelists will provide perspectives from a variety of international, national, and local organizations. Participants at the conference can expect to learn about the latest challenges and innovative approaches in meeting this critical sanitation goal (and related hygiene goal). They will meet students, experts, and like-minded people in break-out sessions. Conference participants will receive the latest information on global sanitation challenges and solutions from experts around the world, meet people with similar interests, and be able to develop friendships for future collaborations.

Featured Experts
Ann Thomas, Senior WASH Advisor, Sanitation and Hygiene, UNICEF
David Parker, Deputy Director, Water, Sanitation, & Hygiene, Gates Foundation
Kelly Parsons, CEO, WaterAid America
Eddy Perez, Technical Director, Global WASH & Health, Global Communities

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