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• The two-day conference will be organised on Feb 27-28, 2020
• Inaugural Address to be delivered by Shri. Hardeep Singh Puri, Hon’ble Minister, Ministry of
Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA), Government of India
New Delhi, February 25, 2020: Government of India had launched Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM) –
Urban on 2 October 2014 to accelerate the universal sanitation coverage in Indian cities. One of the
objectives of the Mission was to ‘elimination of open defecation’. Under Swachh Bharat Mission
(SBM) – Urban, toilet facilities have been created at a massive scale across the country. Till October,
2019, a total of 60,96,135 Individual Household Latrines (IHHLs) and 5,61,298 Community and Public
Toilets (CTs/PTs) have been completed. In all over India, a total of 3,992 towns have been declared
Open Defecation Free (ODF). In Rajasthan 90.10%(173) cities, inUttar Pradesh 97.60% (650) cities and
in Bihar 82.79% (101) cities have been declared asODF.
The SBM-U also provided a significant impetus to collection, segregation, transportation and
processing of Solid Waste Management (SWM). Since 2014, a total of 80,100 Municipal Wards
(94.77% of all the Municipal Wards) have adopted 100% door to door collection solid waste. Of these,
a total of 60,833 Municipal Wards now practice 100% segregation ofsolid waste. The Government of
India has also introduced aGarbage Free City (GFC)star rating system to encourage the cities to strive
for improving the SWMservices.
Over the last six years, Indian cities with the support from the central and state governments on one
hand and the community based organisations, civil society, academic and research institutions, media
and other stakeholders on the other hand, have made significant improvement in sanitation services
including access to toilets, scientific treatment of solid and liquid waste management, and involving
citizens in the operation chain of sanitation services. However, the biggest challenge here is the
sustainability of the positive gains from this massive programme. The sustainability of the enhanced
urban sanitation services will be contingent upon sustained citizen participation and behaviour
changes along with enhanced capacities of ULBs and the city-level institutional ecosystem.
Key Highlights of the Conference:
TheNational Conference on Future of Urban Sanitation will be organized on Feb 27-28, 2020 at Hotel Royal
Plaza, New Delhi. It is an effort to identify solutions to the challenges of sustainable, inclusive and
participatory management of urban sanitation services in the next decade. The inaugural address in
the conference will be delivered by Shri. Hardeep Singh Puri, Hon’ble Minister, Ministry of Housing
and Urban Affairs (MoHUA), Government of India
The specific objectives of the Conference are:
• Showcasing scalable innovative solutions from across the country to address the challenges of
inclusive urban sanitation services;
• Creating a learning and knowledge platform by bringing together policy makers,researchers,
experts, and practitioners on inclusive urban sanitation services;
• Informing and influencing policies and institutions to enhance the impact of urban sanitation
programmes.
A special objective of the National Conference is developing consensus on a framework,
methodology, and mechanism for localising Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Indian cities
with a particular focus on SDG 11.
Dr. Rajesh Tandon, Founder-President, Society for Participatory Research in Asia (PRIA): “Indian
policy-makers and development professionals have begun to recognise the growing opportunities
from increasing urbanisation. However, it is only in the past six years that significant policy and
programming push to urban development has begun to reach to small and medium towns of the
country. Effective and accountable sanitation services, including access to and use of toilets, are
critical for health of a city. Emerging lessons around inclusion and participation of all stake-holders
for effective sanitation need to be shared so that new India can emerge in its many urban centres
soon.”
The National Conference will bring together policy makers, researchers and practitioners across
governments, ULBs, parastatals, civil society organisations (CSOs), academia, media, corporate social
responsibility (CSR) programmes, resource providers and representatives from the communities to
gain insights on future of urban sanitation in India which is inclusive, participatory, and sustainable.
The Conference will address the following topics through various planned sessions which are critical
to the sustainability of urban sanitation in India.
About Participatory Research in Asia (PRIA):
Established in 1982, Participatory Research in Asia (PRIA) is a global centre for participatory research
and training based in New Delhi. PRIA’s work is focused on empowerment of the excluded through
capacity building, knowledge building and policy advocacy. Over three decades PRIA has promoted
‘participation as empowerment’, capacity building of community organizations, and people’s
participation in governance. Initiatives are undertaken in the overall perspective of ‘making
democracy work for all’ – in the political system; democratic culture in families, communities, and
society; and participatory democracy with active citizenship. PRIA’s Founder-President, Rajesh
Tandon, is an IIT-IIM alumnus.