WSSCC to launch report, engage partners at UNGA

Date: 19th September 2016

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WSSCC looks forward to contributing to discussions with partners and stakeholders during events this week at the United Nations General Assembly.

On Friday, September 23rd, WSSCC and SCA will jointly launch a new report on hygiene practices worldwide. The report helps fill evidence gaps and provides recommendations for policymakers in both developed and developing countries to ensure hygiene is not only on the agenda, but addressed systematically. Titled Hygiene Matters, the report looks at three different themes: the value of hygiene (economic perspective), the taboos and stereotypes around hygiene globally (social perspective) and the future of hygiene in the SDG era. Key speakers at the event will include WSSCC Chair Amina J. Mohammed; Guido Schmidt-Traub of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network; and Ewa Borjling of SCA. Info here

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Credit: WSSCC/Javier Acebal

On the 24th September, WSSCC will participate in the annual Global Citizen Festival, a free, action-rewarded, and advocacy driven music festival with a live audience of 60,000 people, where global citizens can engage with a range of development issues in order to win tickets. The Secretary General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon, President of the World Bank Jim Yong Kim, First Lady of the United States Michele Obama, and various Heads of Government, including Prime Minister Matteo Renzi of Italy and Prime Minister Erna Solberg of Norway, were guests of honour at last year’s event. This year, the Honourable Mrs. Mohammed will also participate on-stage, among many other global leaders.

In addition, WSSCC will be working with the The Guardian and UNICEF to host an annual leadership event in New York alongside the UN’s general assembly. The event will look at how successfully the global community is maintaining the momentum for change following the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals in 2015. Last year’s event, led by WSSCC Chair Amina Mohammed and David Miliband, President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee, marked the kick-off of these ambitious goals. This year, speakers will include Irina Bokova of UNESCO and Archana Patkar of WSSCC.

In all of its activities in New York this week, WSSCC will be underscoring efforts to achieve SDG 6 on Water and Sanitation. Specifically, WSSCC’s networking, knowledge sharing and partnership engagement will be designed to support achievement of Target 6.2, namely “By 2030, achieve access to adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene for all and end open defecation, paying special attention to the needs of women and girls and those in vulnerable situations”.

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