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Asia and the Pacific Finance Ministers’ Meeting

 

2 December 2020 at 2:00 New York | 14:00 Bangkok

 

The first SWA Asia and the Pacific Finance Ministers’ Meeting (FMM) will be held virtually on 2 December. It builds on previous global Finance Ministers Meetings organized by SWA in 201020122014 and 2017.

The SWA Asia and the Pacific FMM will be co-convened by global partners UNICEF and the World Bank Water Global Practice, as well as our regional partner, the Asian Development Bank.

The objective of the SWA Asia and the Pacific FMM is to develop and strengthen partnerships with finance ministers in the region for smart investments in water, sanitation and hygiene. The meetings will underscore the crucial role of water, sanitation and hygiene to the Asian economy, population and environment during and after COVID-19, and will offer ministers practical avenues for financing the sector.

The 2-hour SWA Asia and the Pacific FMM will be live-streamed and simultaneous translated in English, French and Spanish. Details on how to join will be shared closer to the event’s date.

The SWA Asia and the Pacific FMM is preceded by a 2-month preparatory process that will rely on multi-stakeholder dialogue at country level to ensure that finance and sector ministers are briefed and ready to actively participate in the FMM.

PARTICIPANTS

FINANCE AND SECTOR MINISTERS

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Abdul Hadi Arghandiwal

Acting Minister of Finance, Afghanistan

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Ibrahim Ameer

Minister of Finance, Maldives

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Dorji Tshering

Minister of Works and Human Settlement, Bhutan

Heads of United Nations agencies, International Financial Institutions, and organizations

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Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

Director-General, WHO

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Monica Ramos

WASH Cluster Coordinator, UNICEF

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Brian Arbogast

Director of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Program, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

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Cynthia Lewis

Deputy Director of Global Policy and Advocacy, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

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Lesley Pories

Water.org

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Sara Ahrari

SIMAVI

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Sanjay Banka

Banka BioLoo Limited

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Sharon Roose

SNV

The Finance Ministers' Meeting preparatory process

Engage in a dedicated preparatory process to strengthen and catalyze in-country dialogues and actions, and prepare Ministers of Finance for their participation at the FMM.

Global co-conveners

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Asian Region co-convener

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FINANCING WATER, SANITATION AND HYGIENE IN ASIA

Closing the financing gap can be achieved through a combination of measures, including maximizing the use of existing resources and mobilizing additional finance from taxes, tariffs and transfers. Although Asian countries are at different stages of socio-economic development and will have different political and governance arrangements that will be more or less conducive to different forms of financing, they all have something in common: the need to increase the prioritization of water, sanitation and hygiene in national plans and budgets, especially during a time of public health concerns.

Several Asian countries are implementing innovative policies that are already proving the positive impact of water, sanitation and hygiene investment. These case-studies are included in SWA’s Water & Sanitation: How to Make Public Investment Work - A Handbook for Finance Ministers.

Water and Sanitation - How to make public investment work

A Handbook for Finance Ministers

The FMM will also draw on practical financing approaches from the Finance Handbook. Watch videos below from countries in Asia that have successfully implemented innovative financing mechanisms.

Webinars

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SWA 2020 Asia and the Pacific Finance Ministers' Meeting

SWA 2020 Asia and the Pacific Finance Ministers' Meeting

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Build Forward Better - economic opportunities offered by water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH)

Build Forward Better - economic opportunities offered by water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH)

On Thursday, 24 September, SWA organized its second webinar in the preparatory process for the upcoming Finance Ministers'...
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Launch of the Handbook for Finance Ministers & kick-off of the 2020 Finance Ministers' Meetings Preparatory Process

Launch of the Handbook for Finance Ministers & kick-off of the 2020 Finance Ministers' Meetings Preparatory Process

On Thursday, 3 September, SWA organized a special webinar in which we launched our new publication, Water & Sanitation: How...
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Documents

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FMM 2020 - CSO Messages
About the 2020 FMMs
Launch of the Handbook for Finance Ministers and kick-off of the preparatory process for the Finance Ministers' Meeting
Guidance Note: 2020 virtual Regional Finance Ministers' Meetings