January 16, 2015

• 14th annual World Toilet Summit to take place on 19th & 20th January, at Vigyan Bhawan
• Mr. Venkaiah Naidu, Mr. Mahesh Sharma, Col Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, Mr. Shankar Aggarwal and other government representatives involved in the summit
• Celebrities including Arjun Rampal and Papa CJ to participate

New Delhi, 16 January, 2015: The 14th annual World Toilet Summit will see participation from policy-makers, NGOs, the private sector, religious leaders, academics, experts, celebrities, the media and other sanitation sector stakeholders, to amplify the government’s Swachh Bharat mission, achieve policy outcomes and mobilise partnerships to address India’s sanitation challenge. The two day summit, being held on 19th and 20th January, is jointly organised by World Toilet Organization (WTO), a global non-profit committed to improving toilet and sanitation conditions worldwide, World Education Foundation and Ministry of Urban Development, Govt. of India, along with Showcraft Foundation, strategic partner and key driver in bringing this global initiative to India.

Notable participants in the summit will include government representatives Mr. Venkaiah Naidu, Hon’ble Minister for Urban Development, Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation; Dr. Mahesh Sharma, Hon’ble Minster of State for Tourism & Culture (Independent charge); Col Rajya-vardhan Singh Rathore, Hon’ble Minister of State for Information & Broadcasting; Mr. Shankar Aggarwal, Secretary, Ministry of Urban Development; as well as Mr Jack Sim, Founder, World Toilet Organization, Mr Anuraag Saxena, CEO, Asia Pacific, World Education Foundation. The summit will see involvement from NGOs including World Bank, USAID, BRAC, CLTS, Wa-ter.org, WaterAid, Aqua for All, Sulabh International, WASTE, and FINISH Society among others. Representatives from the private sector will include Reckitt Benckiser, Hindustan Unilever Limited, Kimberly-Clark Corporation and American Standard Brands.

Celebrities like Arjun Rampal and Papa CJ will also be participating in the summit to discuss the role of media and celebrities in spreading awareness on sanitation and hygiene to a wider section of Indian society.

The event is being organised in line with the Indian Government’s focus on Swachh Bharat Abhiyan that was launched by Hon’ble Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi in October 2014 with a view to making India a clean and hygienic country. The summit will focus on themes including education and sanitation, empowerment through sanitation, and behavioural change, and will see sanitation stakeholders discussing, sharing and collaborating on the way forward for sanitation in India including key issues of:
• CSR and private sector role in addressing the sanitation challenge;
• Education and school sanitation;
• Behavioural change and empowerment;
• Innovative technologies and low-cost solutions;
• Media’s role in building sanitation awareness for a Swachh Bharat;
• State role in building infrastructure for sanitation; Swachh Bharat & Swachh Vidyalaya;.
• And dignity for girls and women through access to sanitation.

The event will also examine and build on global best practices and sanitation experience from other countries, as well as evolving technologies that can help overcome the issue of open def-ecation, which is rampant in India.

About World Toilet Organization
Founded on 19 November 2001, World Toilet Organization (WTO) is a global non-profit committed to im-proving toilet and sanitation conditions worldwide. WTO empowers individuals through education, training and building local marketplace opportunities to advocate for clean and safe sanitation facilities in their communities. Breaking the silence on the sanitation crisis is at the heart of WTO’s efforts. WTO established World Toilet Day and the World Toilet Summit in 2001; followed by the World Toilet College in 2005. Through its initiatives, WTO continues to provide an international platform for toilet associations, governments, academic institutions, foundations, UN agencies and corporate stakeholders to exchange knowledge and leverage media and corporate support in an effort to promote sanitation and public health policies. In 2013, WTO achieved a key milestone for the global sanitation movement when 122 countries co-sponsored a UN resolution tabled by the Singapore government to designate 19 November, World Toilet Day as an official UN day. World Toilet Organization was granted consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council in 2013. World Toilet Organization.

About the World Education Foundation
The World Education Foundation is a UK-based not for profit that enables improved learning-outcomes globally. WEF believes that schools are the incubators of our future. In line with this belief, WEF was founded to establish and promote the agenda for education in modern society. WEF is keenly supportive of, and partners with various global agencies like the United Nations Girls Education Initiative (UNGEI), Global Movement for Children, United Nations Academic Impact and The International Society for Teacher Education. WEF believes that every child should have access to a safe and supportive learning environment, regardless of gender, socio-economic status or financial ability; and is proud to support the toilets-in-schools initiative of the Indian Government.

About The Showcraft Foundation
Showcraft Foundation is an alliance initiated by seasoned professionals from multiple sectors and Showcraft Production. With the capability to integrate sector specific information, we utilize the key information to add values, define & strengthen business, position and enhance alliance. We liaise with industry specific organizations & Government to initiate business networking verticals; CSR initiatives for woman empowerment, child education development, social environment exchange programs and manage them as turnkey projects.

About World Toilet Summit
The World Toilet Summit (WTS) is a unique global platform that brings together sanitation stakeholders to share, learn and collaborate to address the global sanitation challenge. The annual summit is jointly or-ganised by a host government and local organiser, and the World Toilet Organization and involves policy makers, toilet associations, non-profit and for-profit entities and private sector stakeholders in the sanitation sector. WTS was established in 2001 and to date has been hosted in 12 cities. Each summit aims to address issues of toilets and sanitation including: technology, design and maintenance, finance models, social entrepreneurship, capacity building and other related topics. This event creates massive media coverage, interest and momentum for the sanitation movement. WTS is the only global sanitation summit that straddles urban and rural sanitation. Find out more at wtsindia.in

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