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Congress sessions will take stock of current water and sanitation operators’ issues, showcase good approaches, and offer recommendations for how operators can tackle challenges through peer-to-peer partnerships.

Each theme will be addressed through a combination of roundtables, dialogues, and sessions based on offer and demand received through the call.

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Utilities making inclusive and safe sanitation a reality


Monday 25 October — 13.00-15.00 (CEST)

Languages: English, French, Spanish

The 2021 Joint Monitoring Programme progress report shows that not only are we far from making safely managed sanitation for all a reality, it also urges us to pick up the pace and walk four times faster to reach this goal before 2030.

While the challenges that utilities are facing to make inclusive and safe sanitation a reality are numerous and multi-faceted, operators are taking actions and showing commitment to address and solve them. These include considering a range of social and environmental aspects, identifying technical solutions that work in a given context, building and retaining capacity, financing safe and sustainable sanitation, and working with the given policy frame.

One emerging approach to support utilities in this endeavor is Citywide Inclusive Sanitation (CWIS), which promotes a public service approach to extend and sustain inclusive sanitation services across urbanized areas.

The session will highlight the role of public water and sanitation operators in making inclusive and safe sanitation a reality. The session will showcase utilities along the sanitation chain - drawing on existing available and appropriate technologies including onsite and sewers, centralized or decentralized. The session will promote the adoption by public utilities of new sanitation technologies, effective resource recovery and re-use models in partnership with private entrepreneurs.

Stories of fruitful sanitation-focused WOPs (SWOPs) examples will be presented to inspire and stimulate commitments from utilities to scaling up the SWOP practice to meet the sanitation challenge.