Programme of the Summit

Solutions for access to water and sanitation for the people that have been left behind is an issue of human rights, whatever the cause, be it poverty, water scarcity, climate change, conflict situations or cultural and gender barriers. Solutions need to be innovative, economical and easy to implement.Overarching these constraints there also needs to be a supportive political climate and strengthened governance to overcome corruption, inertia, and budgetary constraints.The nexus of these three aspects of Human Rights-Based Water Governance, Innovative Technology and Economic Feasibility provides a topic for this Summit, and a platform to bring together ideas and people in a constructive environment.The clear outcome from the two days is to find tangible projects to pilot, with funding attached to them.

The programme of the two days of the 1st World Summit on Leaving No One Behind can be viewed below, or downloaded here.

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Day 1 - Flagship Projects

Plenary Sessions to showcase the six most promising ideas from the call for scientific and policy research abstracts on the topic of Human Rights Solutions to Water and Sanitation. These should highlight accessible (achievable, cost-effective) and innovative solutions that are relevant for people from least developed countries and situations that are aggravated by situations of poverty, water scarcity, location, climate change, conflict situations or cultural and gender barriers. Six selected experts will present scientific and policy-enabling ideas around the topic of “Leaving no one behind”. 

Awards Dinner: “Leaving No One Behind Innovation Award" for the most promising idea presented during the day, including funding for the winner to start a feasibility study. Winning idea can be either technology or policy driven, and it must aim to help solve the issue of how to ensure access to water and sanitation for people in marginalised situations. Votes from judges during the day.

Day 2 - Exploratory Projects

Around 15 panel presentations with discussions whereby a mix of experts are given the opportunity to pitch their ideas to a wide range of donors and other interested organisations that wish to support the topic of “Leaving No One Behind”. These sessions on the six different themes of the Summit will provide an opportunity for each person to promote their ideas to the room.

Each panel session will be sponsored by a donor, that has committed to choosing and funding a pilot study for the best idea from each session. Progress from these pilot studies will be reported in time for presentation at WWW in August in Stockholm. 

Summit Themes

  • Innovations for Ecologically Based Approach water and sanitation technologies for displaced persons
  • Recognition of status of refugees with respect to water and sanitation
  • Technologies that are geared to benefit women
  • Initiatives to benefit women’s safety, inclusion and participation
  • Water and sanitation safety technologies that help boys and girls in schools, hospitals, homes
  • Governance ideas to highlight children’s susceptibility to water borne diseases
  • Nature-based solutions for protection of ecological and cultural aspects of water
  • Recognition of status of indigenous people in decision-making and policy
  • Economical and accessible technologies for remote areas that are suffering from lack of access
  • Governance practices that can support awareness and involvement of rural communities

6. Climate Change

  • Science and technology for improving climate resilience for people in areas at risk
  • Policies for supporting action for climate resilience

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