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President to inaugurate national conference on sanitation on February 17

Islamabad, February 16, 2015 (PPI-OT): The Ministry of Climate Change in collaboration with Key development partners, government ministries, departments and international non-governmental organisations including UNICEF, Plan International and WaterAid (UK) is organizing second two-day national Conference on Sanitation (PACOSAN –II) beginning from February 17 here at a local hotel.

As a chief guest at the event, the President of Pakistan, Mr. Mamnoon Hussain, will inaugurate the PACOSAN – II and deliver his keynote address with focus on state of access to sanitation and hygiene and government’s efforts for achieving universal access to the safe sanitation and hygiene in the country.

Mr. Mushahid Ullah Khan, the federal minister for climate change, will also address the event while Arif Ahmed Khan, secretary of the ministry, will deliver his welcome speech at the conference.

Around 400 participants from both government and non-government organisations working on development, water and sanitation and health issues will attend the conference. The conference will be also attended by the federal, provincial ministers, parliamentarians, government officials and professionals from the sectors, institutions, international donors, international/national/local NGOs, academia, media, and other sectors of civil society working at grass-roots level for development of water and sanitation and hygiene areas.

The central purpose of the conference is to accelerate progress on eliminating open-defecation and increasing access to improved sanitation and hygiene in Pakistan by addressing the issues related to human health as consequence of climate change, demonstrating a national vision to reach everyone with sanitation services in Pakistan by 2025, building momentum and generating political will for investment in sanitation and hygiene sector and renewing joint commitment of all stakeholders to advance key policy reforms and implementing scalable, equitable and sustainable sanitation and hygiene programmes.

At plenary and parallel session during the two-day PACOSAN –II, the experts, policymakers and planners from government and non-government sectors will review past experiences and formulation of roadmap towards 2025 by the provincial governments and federal territories to achieve the sanitation targets; facilitate routable discussions and technical sessions for addressing key sanitation and hygiene sector-related bottlenecks; create opportunities for participants with South Asia sub-region to exchange best practice and learning; reconfirm the principles of policy and good practice set out in the South Asia Conference on Sanitation (SACOSAN) declarations of the last decades issued during different SACOSANS held in Dhaka, Islamabad, New Delhi, Colombo and Kathmandu.

On first day of the PACOSAN-II, Mr. Ahsan Iqbal, Federal Minister for Planning, Development Reforms, will chair a crucial session on ‘Sanitation and Hygiene: Regional Perspective’, during which the Sustainable Sanitation: Vision 2025 of the Planning Commission of Pakistan will be key focus of the discussion.

Member of National Assembly and Convener of Parliamentary Taskforce on Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), Ms. Marriyum Aurangzeb will also chair session on ‘Sanitation and Hygiene: South Asia Regional Perspective’, where panalists from WaterAid-UK’s Pakistan chapter and other international donor organisations will stake stock of state of access to safe sanitation and hygiene in Punjab, Sindh, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Balochistan, Gilgit-Baltistan and FATA.

The second day of the conference will witness parallel technical sessions on important themes including water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) in schools, sustainability of sanitation programmes, mainstreaming disaster risk reduction (DRR) into sanitation programmes, scaling up of sanitation programmes in Pakistan, multi-sectorial approaches to improve child growth, human rights to sanitation (inclusion and equity), menstrual hygiene management, urban sanitation (informal settlements/slums), private sector engagement in sanitation programme, WASH sector government * coordination mechanism at provincial and national levels and media advocacy for sanitation.

During the closing session, conference declaration will be issued that will enlist decision, recommendations and action-plans for achieving universal access to safe sanitation and hygiene across the country.

Concluding addresses will be delivered by the minister and secretary of the federal climate change ministry and will follow distribution of shields among chairs, panelists and speakers.

For more information, contact:
Muhammad Saleem
Deputy Director
Media and Communication
Ministry of Climate Change
Government of Pakistan
LG and RD Complex, G-5/2, ISLAMABAD
Ph: 051-9245565
E-mail: moccpakistan@hotmail.com
Web: http://www.mocc.gov.pk/

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