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World Toilet Summit 2012 in Durban, South Africa

03.12.2012 - 06.12.2012

Main Theme:

African Sanitation: Scaling Up

The Main Summit Theme consists of 2 (two) tracks which each have sub-themes:

Track 1: Sanitation & Human Rights

Sub-theme 1:UN 2010 Declaration. Water & Sanitation as a Human Right

The sub theme deals extensively with the UN 2010 Declaration – 28th of July 2010…General Assembly declares access to clean water and sanitation is a human right – insofar the understanding of the declaration; impact on civil society in regards to the declaration; the role of civil society and government insofar the realization of the intent of the declaration, the expectations of the target audience - the affected millions; financing the expectations and the recourses available to effected communities etc. The required outcome of the various discussions and sessions is the drafting and adopting of a Document of Principles, and which document represents the mutual and collective understanding, strategy and modus operandi of all summit delegates in regards to the theme matter.

Sub-theme 2: Gender & Sanitation

The sub-theme seeks to explore the Role of Gender in Water and Sanitation on the African Continent – especially the role of woman – and to identify new market related approaches to redressing gender inequality in the water and the sanitation sector. The Summit shall seek to explore practical ways and methodologies that would assist women who are most often the primary users, providers and managers of water in their households and are the guardians of household hygiene. We shall further seek to redressing inequality that can impact positively on the social, political and economic position of women. Well organised water and sanitation services can improve the health and security of women and their families, and free them to engage in social, economic, and political activities, thus tackling ‘time poverty’ - the situation where women’s time is inflexible, consumed by routine and non-productive tasks, perpetuating their absence from decision making and other profitable pursuits. . The required outcome of the various discussions and sessions is the drafting and adopting of a Document of Principles, and which document represents the mutual and collective understanding, strategy and modus operandi of all summit delegates in regards to the theme matter.

Track 2: CLTS, Health & Hygiene

Subtheme 1: The importance of sustainable health and hygiene practises (both domestic and schools)

The sub theme seeks to explore all issues of personal health and hygiene insofar the true definition thereof, the impact of a lack in a healthy environment both domestic and school environment; appropriate basic education and enabling the environment i.e. a practical approach. We seek to identify the importance of basic health and hygiene practises with in target communities, the sustaining of these practises and tracking the outcome of our initiatives etc. in order to Reduce Child Mortality, reduce the number of school days lost annually due to diarrhoea related illness, etc. The required outcome of the various discussions and sessions is the drafting and adopting of a Document of Principles, and which document represents the mutual and collective understanding, strategy and modus operandi of all summit delegates in regards to the theme matter.

Subtheme 2: The importance of Community Led Total Sanitation mobilization.

The sub theme seeks to explore various approaches to CLTS with the basic understanding that ONE SIZE DOES NOT FIT ALL! The successes of CLTS is dependent on various factors such as location, levels of literacy, levels of poverty, levels of unemployment, and further issues such as current basic services with the target audience environment, target audience expectations etc. At the heart of CLTS lies the recognition that merely providing toilets does not guarantee their use, nor result in improved sanitation and hygiene. A well designed CLTS program and approach focused on the behavioural change needed to ensure real and sustainable improvements – investing in community mobilisation and hardware. CLTS triggers the community’s desire for change, propels them into action and encourages innovation, mutual support and appropriate local solutions, thus leading to greater ownership and sustainability of sanitation programs. The Summit shall seek to discover various approaches, which will serve as guidelines, for the various participating countries to fast track the implementation of CLTS. The required outcome of the various discussions and sessions is the drafting and adopting of a Document of Principles, and which document represents the mutual and collective understanding, strategy and modus operandi of all summit delegates in regards to the theme matter.



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