2016 HWTS Network Annual Meeting

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October 10, 2016
Chapel Hill, NC, USA
Convened by the Water Institute at UNC, World Health Organization, & UNICEF

On Monday, October 10th, the International Network on Household Water Treatment and Safe Storage (“the Network”) conducted their annual meeting at the 2016 Water and Health Conference in Chapel Hill, USA. There were approximately 30 individuals in attendance representing governments, non-governmental organizations, academic institutions, business enterprises, and development organizations.

The meeting was split into two sessions. The first session was focused on reviewing network activities and HWTS implementation updates from 2015/2016. Session 1 included a presentation about Network activities (workshops, online courses, webinars, etc.) that took place between the 2015 annual meeting and the 2016 annual meeting, presentations about implementation activities that took place in 2015 and 2016, and presentations on how HWTS could fit in the broader water safety agenda.

The second session centered on the future and priorities for moving forward with the Network strategy post-2016. Key presentations included a review of the Phase II strategy activities and what was achieved during Phase II. There was also a panel to discuss the place of HWTS in the SDG period and potential activities for Phase III (2017-2022).

Key Discussions

Session 1: Where we are

Update on events and news from 2015/2016 (Edema Ojomo, UNC | Slides)

What’s new in the implementation of HWTS? (Soapbox)

HWTS in the broader water safety agenda:
Water safety in the SDGs (Fiorella Polo, UNICEF | Slides)
Building a bridge to universal WASH (Allison Tummon, P&G)

Session 2: Repositioning the Network in the SDG agenda

Session introduction, overview of Phase II, directions for Phase III (Batsi Majuru, WHO | Slides)

Panel discussion, Looking ahead: Network in the SDG Era (Rob Quick, CDC, Carolyn Meub, Pure Water for the World)

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