As part of the ongoing efforts to make sanitation for all a global development priority, the Permanent Mission of Singapore to the UN, together with UN-Water, UNICEF, UN Foundation and the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) will organise a lunch-time panel event on 20 November 2017 from 13:15-14:45 hrs at UN HQ.

This event features keynote speeches from senior UN and government officials and a representative from the private sector, who will share from a multi-stakeholder perspective, views on what more can be done to address the sanitation challenge. At the event, the WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) for Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene will also present the key findings from the newest report: “Progress on drinking water, sanitation and hygiene: 2017 update and Sustainable Development Goal Baselines”. The presentation will cover progress towards achieving SDG 6 as well as highlight the sanitation challenges that still remain. The event is also co-sponsored by the Permanent Missions of Australia, Bangladesh, Costa Rica, Hungary, India, the Netherlands, Senegal and the Slovak Republic as part of their strong support for the 2030 Agenda, notably SDG 6.

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Agenda 1.15pm – 2.45pm

  • Welcome Remarks by Moderator Ambassador Elizabeth Cousens, Deputy CEO, UN Foundation


  • Remarks by HE Mr Mroslav Lajčák, President of the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly
  • Remarks by HE Amina J. Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General, United Nations
  • Video Message by Mr Gilbert F Houngbo, Chair, UN-Water and President of the International Fund for Agricultural development (IFAD)
  • Remarks by Ambassador Burhan Gafoor, Permanent Representative of Singapore to the UN


  • Presentation on WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme Report: “Progress on drinking water, sanitation and hygiene: 2017 update and Sustainable Development Goal Baselines” by Mr Sanjay Wijesekera, Associate Director, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Section, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
  • Remarks by Ambassador Masud Bin Momen, Permanent Representative of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh to the UN
  • Remarks by Mr. Kevin Harmon, President and CEO of Brisa International Q&A and Interactive discussion


  • Round up by Moderator – Ambassador Elizabeth Cousens

Date(s) - 20/11/2017
18 h 15 min - 19 h 15 min

United Nations Headquarters, New York

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