Upcoming Webinar – Leaving No One Behind (27 June – 3pm CET)!

IWRA’s upcoming webinar on “Leaving No One Behind”, jointly organised by WaterLex, will take place next Thursday, June 27th from 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm CET. Invited panellists will discuss about technical solutions for water and sanitation access for millions of people worldwide that are currently being “left behind”.

These solutions are not necessarily high-tech nor expensive. The panel will discuss the opportunities created by thinking “outside-the-water-box” to find processes that are more inclusive for the most often marginalised groups (e.g. women, children, LGBTQIs, refugees, disabled and indigenous people, etc.) that still lack proper safe access to these basic services.  Among the many reasons, there are often concerns with poor levels of education or awareness about possible, practical solutions, and too often, not acknowledging this as a human right also essential to the realisation of other human rights.

Participation is free and open to all. Audience questions are encouraged.

To register please visit: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/66024973070071053

During this webinar, panellists will present their work and findings on solutions for people that are being marginalised in one way or another, either because of their gender, age, abilities, among others, or location in remote areas and rural regions, for instance. They will also discuss how different solutions incorporate a human rights based approach that tackles the issues of non-discrimination and inclusiveness by using a participatory community-based approach that focuses on and puts people at its core. Some of the invited panellists have participated and are winners from the 1st World Summit on Leaving No One Behind, held this February in Geneva.

Topics include:

  • What it means to use a human rights based approach
  • Affordable water solutions to vulnerable groups: resilience governance to achieve well-being through inclusive communities
  • Local government-lead action to translate policy commitments to inclusive sanitation progress for people with disabilities
  • Promoting rain water harvesting as a solution for polluted ground water related chronic kidney disease
  • Building an enabling environment for universal access to safe water in Colombia

List of Panellists  

  • Amanda Loeffen, Director General, WaterLex
  • Eva Manzano, Senior WASH Advisor, CAWST- Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology
  • Snehalatha Mekala, Consultant, Regional Coordinator, FANSA (Freshwater Action Network South Asia)
  • Afef Tlili, Manager, Minerva Consulting
  • Deepthi Wickramasinghe, Chair, Department of Zoology and Environment Sciences, University of Colombo

Moderator: Scott McKenzie, PhD Candidate, University of British Columbia

IWRA Webinars constitute an additional resource designed to help our members, academics, dedicated practitioners, and policy professionals further explore these and other timely themes engaging on fruitful discussions, also aligned with the international water agenda and in close collaboration with key partners.