Royal Government of Cambodia, CLTS Foundation and Plan International to co-host a Regional Conference on Sanitation in Phnom Penh, Cambodia from 15-17 November, 2017
The Ministry of Rural Development, Royal Government of Cambodia and CLTS Foundation in association with Plan International, Cambodia are jointly hosting a Regional conference ‘From Communities to ODF Nations: Fast tracking ODF South East Asia’ in Phnom Penh, Cambodia on 15-17 November 2017. The conference will be inaugurated by the Deputy Prime Minister, Royal Government of Cambodia, His Excellency, Dr. Yim Chhayly. The Deputy Prime Minister is expected to welcome the congregation of more than 100 international delegates from South Asia, South East Asia and the Pacific regions. The conference will witness the active participation of development partners such as SNV, WSSCC, Cambodia, Water Aid and UNICEF along with sanitation experts from the governments, UN agencies, INGOs and other key stakeholders from the region.
Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) has been instrumental in enhancing sanitation access for millions of people, especially the rural population, across the developing world, during the past two decades. By the end of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) period, CLTS was institutionalised in the national sanitation policy of more than 35 nations and rolled out as the key implementation strategy in over 65 countries across Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Pacific regions.
While significant progress has been achieved in the East and South East Asia and the Pacific region, an estimated 659 million people continue to remain without access to improved sanitation, and 83 million people in the region still practice open defecation. This conference aims to address critical questions towards meeting the SDG goal 6.2 of universal sanitation such as: What lessons do South East Asia’s (Cambodia, Myanmar, Lao PDR, Vietnam, Indonesia, The Philippines etc.)? What does the MDG experience in sanitation hold for achieving an ODF South East Asia region by 2030? What were the crucial factors for success and failure in sanitation programming across the different nations? What are the key challenges that the respective countries face going forward? What are the critical building blocks for scaling up sanitation in the region?
Deliberations from this conference will be applied to develop a roadmap and action plan for the region towards achieving ODF nations in the next few years.
Dates: 15-16-17 November
Venue: Phonm Penh, Cambodia
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