Government of India

Mahatma Gandhi International Sanitation Convention

Venue: Pravasi Bhartiya Kendra and RBCC, New Delhi
Dates: 29th September - 2nd October 2018


28th SEPTEMBER – Travel with day registration desks set up at hotels

29th SEPTEMBER – Pravasi Bharatiya Kendra

10:00-11:00

  • INAUGURAL PLENARY SESSION
  • Mr. Ram Nath Kovind, President of the Republic of India
  • Ms. Uma Bharti, Minister of Drinking Water and Sanitation l India
  • Mr. Hardeep Singh Puri, Minister (I/C) Housing and Urban Affairs l India
  • Mr. Ramesh Jigajinagi, Minister of State, Drinking Water and Sanitation l India
  • Mr. Parameswaran Iyer, Secretary, Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation l India
  • Mr. D.S. Mishra, Secretary, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs l India

11:00-11:15

  • Tea Break

11:15-12:30

  • PLENARY SESSION - 1: POLITICAL LEADERSHIP AND SANITATION
Inspiring political leadership is essential to develop and sustain a sanitation programme and make it a mass movement (jan andolan) such as the Swachh Bharat Mission. The session will present stories of exceptional sanitation leadership from India and around the world.
  • Mr. Arun Jaitley, Minister of Finance l India
  • Ms. Uma Bharti, Minister of Drinking Water and Sanitation l India
  • Mr. Kevin Rudd, Former PM and Chair l Sanitation and Water for All

12:30-13:45

  • PLENARY SESSION - 2: IMPLEMENTING BEHAVIOUR CHANGE AT SCALE
Sanitation practices of a community are deeply-seated in personal hygiene behaviours based on a range of diverse attitudes towards sanitation. This session will talk about social norms, practices and triggers for mobilising people to change behaviour at scale.
  • Ms. Jennifer J. Sara, Director Water Global Practice l World Bank
  • Mr. Parameswaran Iyer, Secretary, Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation l India
  • Mr. Roland Ravatomanga, Minister of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene l Madagascar
  • Ms. Valerie Curtis, Professor l London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

13:45-14:30

  • LUNCH

14:30-16:00

  • PARALLEL TECHNICAL SESSIONS (6)

1. STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS

The session focuses on the need for partnerships to improve effectiveness, efficiency and scale of implementation of sanitation programs. The session will also address how governments can make sanitation focussed partnerships attractive for private sector, civil society, developmental agencies, academia/research institutions etc.
  • Ms. Naina Lal Kidwai, Chair l India Sanitation Coalition
  • Mr. R. Venkataraman, Managing Trustee l Tata Trusts
  • Mr. A.H.M. Mostafa Kamal, Minister of Planning l Bangladesh
  • Ms. Cheryl Hicks, CEO l Toilet Board Coalition

2. URBAN SANITATION AND FECAL SLUDGE MANAGEMENT

Improvements in urban sanitation provide demonstrated health, economic, social and environmental benefits that are essential to turn cities into vibrant economic centres. This session discusses strategies and innovations for urban sanitation, and fecal sludge management, from India and the world.
  • Mr. Brian Arbogast, Director WASH l Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (TBC)
  • Mr. D.S. Mishra, Secretary, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs l India
  • Mr. Mansour Faye, Minister of Hydraulics and Sanitation l Senegal
  • Ms. Manisha Patankar Mhaiskar, Principal Secretary, Maharashtra l India

3. GENDER AND INCLUSIVE SANITATION

This session deals with the endeavour to take sanitation to all segments of society, including women, children, persons with disabilities, transgenders, people living with HIV, older persons, indigenous peoples, refugees, internally displaced persons, migrants and people in hard to reach geographies.
  • Ms. Yasmin Ali Haque, Representative l UNICEF India
  • Ms. Aradhana Pattnaik, Principal Secretary, Jharkhand l India
  • Ms. Cecielia Abena Dapaah, Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources l Ghana (TBC)
  • Ms. Kelly Ann Naylor, Global WASH Chief l UNICEF

4. SUSTAINING OPEN DEFECATION FREE STATUS

Achievement of freedom from open defecation is only the first step towards building a community with sustained safe sanitation for all. Behaviour change communication needs to be constantly reinforced to ensure that there are no slip backs to old habits. This session will take a look at the mechanisms put in place by various countries to ensure that safe sanitation behaviours and practices are sustained over time.
  • Mr. Arun Baroka, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation l India
  • Ms. Jaspreet Talwar, Secretary DWSS, Punjab l India
  • Mr. Rudy Soeprihadi Prawiradinata, Dy Minister Regional Development l Indonesia
  • Ms. Jennifer J. Sara, Director Water Global Practice l World Bank
  • Mr. Arun M. Kumar, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer l KPMG India

5. SANITATION AS EVERYONE’S BUSINESS

Sanitation is not restricted to household and community toilets. The responsibility for inclusive sanitation does not rest with any one stakeholder. It requires collaborative efforts beyond traditional targets, programmes and stakeholders. The session addresses the need for a holistic approach to sanitation with the engagement from multiple partners, public and private, across sectors like education, health, transport, tourism etc.
  • Mr. Akshay Rout, Director General, Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation l India
  • Mr. Ashwani Lohani, Chairman Railway Board l India
  • Ms. Therese Dooley, Senior Adviser WASH l UNICEF
  • Swami Chidanand Saraswati and team l Global Interfaith WASH Alliance (GIWA)

6. TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION

This session focuses on the various technologies and innovations in the field of rural sanitation. A rural sanitation technology competition was organised in the run-up to the MGISC. The session also consists of presentations by the top five finalists of the competition and selection of the top innovation by the jury.
  • Mr. R. A. Mashelkar, Chairman High Level Technical Committee, MDWS l India
  • Mr. Bindeshwar Pathak, Founder Sulabh International l India
  • Mr. Robert Chambers, Professor, IDS, University of Sussex l United Kingdom
  • Ms. Sue Coates, Deputy Executive Director l WSSCC
  • Mr. Peter Harvey, Chief Water, Sanitation and Education Centre l UNICEF

EVENING

  • DEPARTURE for Gandhi Trail

30th SEPTEMBER – Gujarat

ALL DAY AHMEDABAD, GUJARAT: International delegates visit selected sites related to the life and work of Mahatma Gandhi as well as a model village

EVENING

  • DEPARTURE for Delhi

1st OCTOBER – Pravasi Bharatiya Kendra

09:30-10:30

PLENARY SESSION - SWACHH BHARAT AND THE SDGS

This session deals with the world’s progress towards achieving SDG 6, and the role that India’s Swachh Bharat Mission has played towards achieving of the SDG 6.2.
  • Ms. Uma Bharti, Minister of Drinking Water and Sanitation l India
  • Ms. Henrietta H. Fore, Executive Director l UNICEF
  • Mr. Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister l Government of Maharashtra

10:30-11:00

Tea Break

11:00-13:00

MINISTERIAL DIALOGUES: 5 parallel sessions Dialogues between the participating Ministers facilitated by global experts in the field on building political will for sanitation, ensuring adequate financing and taking key steps required to work at scale and reach universal access. In this session, Ministers speak about their country-specific sanitation challenges and the at-scale solutions they have found. The session will enable a close look at country experiences.

13:00-14:00

LUNCH

14:00-15:15

PLENARY SESSION - 3: SANITATION FINANCING

This session focuses on the case for public spending on sanitation through budgetary allocations, as well as other financing strategies, ways of raising additional financing from domestic resource mobilization, sanitation credit, and other innovative financing strategies.
  • Mr. Amitabh Kant, CEO l NITI Aayog
  • Mr. Suleiman H. Adamu, Minister of Water Resources l Nigeria
  • Mr. Richard Damania, Lead Economist, Water Global Practice l World Bank

15:15-15:45

Tea Break

15:45-17:00

CONCLUDING TECHNICAL PLENARY SESSION

  • Mr. Venkaiah Naidu | Vice President of India
  • Ms. Uma Bharti, Minister of Drinking Water and Sanitation l India
  • Mr. Yogi Adityanath, Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh l India
  • Ms. Pamela Tshwete, Deputy Minister of Water and Sanitation l South Africa
  • Mr. Hartwig Schafer, Vice President, South Asia region l World Bank
  • Ms. Jean Gough, Regional Director l UNICEF
  • Mr. Parameswaran Iyer, Secretary, Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation l India

17:00-18:30

VISIT TO RBCC EXHIBITION

EVENING

CULTURAL EVENING AND DINNER HOSTED BY MINISTER DWS (PRAVASI BHARATIYA KENDRA)

2nd OCTOBER – Rashtrapati Bhavan Cultural Centre

10:30-12:30

SWACHH BHARAT DIWAS MAIN EVENT

The main culminating event of the MGISC and the launch of Mahatma Gandhi’s 150 th birth year celebration. 2 nd October also marks the 4 year anniversary of the Swachh Bharat Mission.
  • Mr. Narendra Modi, Prime Minister l Republic of India
  • Mr. António Guterres, Secretary-General l United Nations
  • Ms. Sushma Swaraj, Minister of External Affairs l India
  • Ms. Uma Bharti, Minister of Drinking Water and Sanitation l India
  • Mr. Hardeep Singh Puri, Minister(I/C) Housing and Urban Affairs l India
  • Mr. Manoj Sinha, MoS (I/C), Communications l India
  • Mr. Ramesh Jigajinagi, MoS Drinking Water and Sanitation l India

12:30-14:00

LUNCH FOR VISITING MINISTERS HOSTED BY PRIME MINISTER OF INDIA