The World Toilet Summit 2017 is a unique global event that brings together various sanitation stakeholders to collaborate on innovative inventions, projects and products in the sanitation sector under one roof.

The two day program in Melbourne will feature 8 keynote speakers, 18 themed presentations and 2 workshops.

Date: 20 - 21 November 2017

Venue: Melbourne Convention Centre

Address: 1 Convention Centre Pl, South Wharf Victoria, Australia

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Call for Papers

Deadline July 26th 2017

The Australian Water Association has called for the submission of scholarly papers for the 2017 World Toilet Summit on the following key themes:

  • • Building bridges within APAC through Sustainable Development Goals
    • Investing in futures through foreign aid for sanitation
    • Driving change at local community levels
    • Role of social media to make SDGs more relatable
  • • Emergency sanitation responses in natural disasters
    • Resilience and preparedness for climate change – dry and wetlands
    • Access and disease prevention in challenging environments due to poor hygiene
    • Sanitation Solutions for mobile and displaced communities
  • • Impact of WASH education and Menstrual Hygiene Management
    • Innovative and a ordable solutions for menstrual hygiene management
    • Gender inequalities – toilet access and taboos on personal hygiene
    • Implementation of the case studies
  • • Multi-level capacity building to support sanitation for all
    • Creating behavioral change messages in communities
    • Improving hygiene of the next generation – focus on schools
    • Behavioral change through consumer campaigns – business cases
  • • Sanitation marketing as a tool for generating demand
    • Emerging social businesses – the CSR case
    • Innovative funding models to support access to sanitation
    • From local to regional – opportunities of scale
    • Empowerment through community centered approaches
  • • Multi-sector collaboration success stories
    • Cooperation at a Government level within the region
    • Business leadership and industry partnerships to address the problem
    • Empowering local NGOs – giving access to resources
Submissions are now closed. For more detailed information on each of the key themes, please contact Nasha at

Keynote Speakers

The World Toilet Summit 2017 will feature a dynamic mix of keynote speakers from across the globe. All speakers will be announced over the coming weeks, leading up to the summit.

The first three international keynote speakers confirmed are:


Tuesday November 21st, 4.30pm – 5.00pm

Jack Sim

Founder, World Toilet Organization

Jack Sim is the founder of BoP HUB and World Toilet Organization and a leading global advocate for sanitation. Formerly in the construction industry, he founded the World Toilet Organization in 2001, after attaining financial independence at age of 40, and deciding to devote the rest of his life to social work. In 2001 World Toilet Organization (WTO) declared its founding day November 19 as World Toilet day. In 2013, November 19 was designated as UN World Toilet Day - the day is now celebrated globally each year as a day to raise awareness of the need for action to end the sanitation crisis.

For ‘creating good will and bringing the subject into the open’ and ‘mobilizing national support in providing on-the-ground expertise’ Jack Sim received the Schwab Foundation award for Social Entrepreneur of the Year in 2001. In 2007, Jack became one of the key members to convene the Sustainable Sanitation Alliance composed of key players for sanitation. He is an Ashoka Global Fellow, and was named one of the Heroes of the Environment for 2008 by Time Magazine.

Widely known as Mr. Toilet, Jack broke the global taboo around toilets and sanitation by bringing it to centre-stage with his unique mix of humour and serious facts.

Bruce Gordon(WHO)

Monday November 20th, 11.30am – 12.00pm

Bruce Gordon

WASH Coordinator, World Health Organization

Keynote: "WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Program SDG Baseline Report: Implications for Policy & Practice"

Mr Gordon oversees a global portfolio of water and health-related work ranging from the development of norms on drinking water and wastewater/sanitation to the global monitoring of access to WASH and the burden of disease. Prior to joining the water unit at the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2004, he contributed to WHO’s work on sustainable development with a focus on children’s health and environment.

World Toilet Summit 2017

Tuesday November 21st

Rose George

Author & Journalist

Keynote: "The Big Necessity: Waste to Resource"

Rose George is an author and journalist. Her second book was The Big Necessity: Adventures in the World of Human Waste/The Unmentionable World of Human Waste and Why it Matters, published by Portobello (UK) and Metropolitan (US). Rose’s two TED talks, on sanitation and seafaring, have had nearly 3 million views.

She writes frequently for the Guardian, New Statesman, Scientific American, Rotarian and many others, and enjoys doing book reviews for anyone who asks. She has been war correspondent in Kosovo for Condé Nast Traveler magazine (for one day); reported on an alternative World Cup final in Bhutan between Bhutan and Montserrat (Bhutan won); and attended Saddam Hussein’s birthday party, twice. She has worked as a sanitation consultant for UNICEF India, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, WSSCC and WASH United.

Rose received a congratulatory first-class honours BA in modern languages from the University of Oxford in 1992, and an MA in international politics in 1994 from the University of Pennsylvania. She speaks fluent French and Italian and lives mostly in Yorkshire. Rose is currently working on her fourth book.


9:30amKEYNOTE # 1
10:00amKEYNOTE # 2
10:30amMorning Tea
3 x Presentations + Q&A
3 x Presentations + Q&A
3:30pmAfternoon Tea
5:00pmDay one concludes
8.30pmWelcome Reception



$660.00 AUD


(Available to members of Australian Water Association and World Toilet Organization)



$920.00 AUD





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