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SWA event at the High-level Political Forum 2020

Sanitation and Water for All Secretariat
07 Jul 2020

Accountability for the Elimination of Inequalities in the Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene COVID-19 Response


SWA partners organized an event at this year’s virtual High-level Political Forum to bring forward the issue of accountability for the Elimination of Inequalities in the Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene COVID-19 Response. This event comes in the sequence of SWA’s World Leaders’ Call to Action on COVID-19, that saw more than 85 leaders (and counting) called upon governments to make water, sanitation and hygiene available to everyone, eliminate inequalities and leave no one behind. But questions remain: these measures are critical to protect vulnerable populations but underlying questions remain: who assumes accountability for action? Who can hold those responsible accountable? And what are the tools available or necessary to perform those functions of accountability?

Speakers from different backgrounds gave their perspective:

  • Catarina de Albuquerque CEO, SWA
  • Ilze Brands Kehris, Assistant Secretary General for Human Rights
  • Kelly Ann Naylor, UNICEF, Associate Director, Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene
  • Robert Gakubia, Kenya Regulator 
  • Barbara Schreiner, Executive Director, Water Integrity Network
  • Yamileth Astorga, President, Institute of Aqueducts and Sanitation (AYA), Costa Rica
  • Zobair Hasan, SIMAVI

Watch the recording here: