This Week: Water and Sanitation at UNGA

As political leaders and civil society advocates converge in New York this week for the U.N. General Assembly — as well as concurrent events such as the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting and the U.N. Climate Summit — advocates in the WASH sector are receiving some high profile attention. Here are some WASH highlights so far from this year’s UNGA week:

Climate Summit 2014

WaterAid’s Barbara Frost at UN Climate Summit

Chief Executive of WaterAid, Barbara Frost, spoke yesterday at the U.N.’s Climate Summit 2014 about the implications of extreme weather events and climate change for water, sanitation and hygiene. A blog post discussing the content of her speech is featured here on The Huffington Post.

Clinton Global Initiative

Water.org co-founders at the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting

Water.org co-founders Gary White and Matt Damon participated in the Clinton Global Initiative meeting as part of yesterday’s plenary, Cities as Labs of Innovation (video starts at 53:15). The pair highlighted their collaboration with corporate philanthropy, including the Ikea Foundation, the MasterCard Foundation, PepsiCo Foundation, and the Caterpillar Foundation, to support their WaterCredit model, which assists poor households in secure loans to pay for water and sanitation facilities in their homes.

A post authored by Gary White and the CEO of the Ikea Foundation and published this week on the Guardian’s website also touches on the importance of innovative financing models and the participation of the public and private sectors in scaling safe water access.

Global Citizen Action Summit

WASH at the Global Citizen Action Summit 2014

Global Citizen Festival 2014 will be held this Saturday in Central Park, and while tickets for that event have already been distributed, at the time of publishing, registration is still open for this Friday’s Action Summit. The Summit’s session on sanitation starts at 11:30 am at New York University’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts and the lineup of featured participants working in the WASH space includes:

Feel free to add other events going on in the world of WASH during UNGA week in the comments!