What is MGISC?
MGISC stands for the Mahatma Gandhi International Sanitation Convention, a 4-day international conference from 29th September - 2nd Oct. 2018 in New Delhi. It brought together sanitation ministers and other leaders in WASH from around the world.
Who organised the MGISC?
The MGISC was organized by the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation of the Government of India through its Swachh Bharat Mission (Clean India Programme),the world’s largest sanitation campaign.
What was the main purpose of MGISC? What did it achieve?
The Convention brought together Ministers of sanitation, heads of international agencies, and international sanitation experts to discuss solutions to sanitation issues. Participants shared success stories, exchange best practices and engage in frank discussions around sanitation. the event culminated with the launch of Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth year celebrations.
Which countries and/or institutions were invited to participate?
Invited participants included 55 ministers in charge of sanitation and over 200 representatives from 70 countries across the world, international sanitation experts and over 20 institutions, organisations and development partners working in this field.
What role did Ministers have at MGISC?
Ministers presented and discussed the successes and challenges in sanitation in their country during the various sessions held during the conference. As a result of their discussions, Ministers brought solutions and best practices back to their countries as they continue to implement UN Sustainable Development Goal 6 on water, sanitation and hygiene.
Ministers were an integral part of the Convention. The Ministers contributed in every session of the Convention, specifically towards giving input, opinions and comments to the thematic sessions on the first day of the convention (29th September); observing first-hand the work done in rural India during their visit to the Gandhi Trail (30th September); and engaging in an exclusive Ministerial dialogue (round table discussions) with Ministers who presented their country’s sanitation story. Finally, all the Ministers were requested to join top leaders from the Government of India for a special luncheon on 2nd October, Mahatma Gandhi’s birth anniversary, following a special plenary.