A 3-Day virtual 7th edition of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Conclave 2020 kicked off in Hyderabad from December 2-4, 2020. It was organized by UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund), National Institute of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj (NIRD & PR) in collaboration with 3 state governments – Telangana, Andhra Pradesh & Karnataka. Governor of Andhra Pradesh, Biswabhusan Harichandan participated as the Chief Guest of the Conclave.
Theme – “Hygiene Matters”
Target – The Year 2024 is set as target for providing access, and use of safe and adequate drinking water to all households.
To Facilitate knowledge exchange and action on WASH-related Issues in the context of COVID-19 Pandemic.
Nicolas Osbert, Chief of WASH, UNICEF India, Alka Upadhyaya, Director General of NIRDPR, Meital Rusdia, Chief of UNICEF, Hyderabad field office were present during the virtual event.
i.He highlighted several state-level initiatives such as ‘Manam Mana Parisubrtha’ in Andhra Pradesh, ‘Swacchotsava Nityotsava’ in Karnataka & ‘Palle Pragathi’ to become 100% WASH Compliant and a healthy society.
ii.India is making significant progress in achieving Open Defecation-free status & Piped water supply Piped Water Supply (PWS).
iii.It is also making significant progress to achieve Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Number 6 – “Clean Water and Sanitation”.
iv.The participants of Conclave shared the best practices in WASH, and opportunities for strengthening strategies for WASH Programs across 3 states.
Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM) & Swachh Bharat Mission(SBM):
The Governor also highlighted that supply of adequate & Quality water supply and better sanitation facilities is the main motive behind Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM) & Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM) Programmes.
Recent Related News:
i.August 14, 2020 As per the latest report, ‘Progress on drinking water, sanitation and hygiene in school’s Special focus on COVID-19’ released by WHO and UNICEF around 818 million children across the world lacked basic hand-washing facilities in their schools making them prone to COVID-19.
About United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF):
Executive Director – Henrietta H. Fore
Headquarters – New York, United States of America
UNICEF Representative to India – Dr. Yasmin Ali Haque
About National Institute of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj (NIRD & PR):
NIDR&PR works under the Union Ministry of Rural Development
Director General – Smt. Alka Upadhyaya
Headquarter – Hyderabad, Telangana