Financing Integrated Sanitation

17 Jan 2019 to 18 Jan 2019
Chon Buri, Thailand
By invitation only

The Sustainable Development Goals (here SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the New Urban Agenda call for remodelling of the urban development. Urban areas are becoming the central organizational form for almost all human societies. The global urban population could increase from just under 4 billion today to 6.5 billion people by 2050, and urban infrastructures are growing with it. For the world’s cities, towns and settlements, water are profoundly important to shaping healthy, productive and livable places. Rapid urban growth, inadequate use of natural resources and climate change may result in increasing vulnerabilities of society, economy and ecosystems. ESCAP, UN-Habitat and the Asian Institute of Technology supported the member states through the Development Account project (8th tranch) and concluded this work by launching jointly the Policy Guidance Manual on Wastewater Management with a Special Emphasis to Decentralised Wastewater Treatment Systems (DEWATS) in South-East Asia, at the Sixth Asia-Pacific Urban Forum in Jakarta, Indonesia, 2016. The guidance manual summarises the technical expertise of the network partners of the region and proposes to develop the local financial schemes to implement DEWATS.

As a logical continuation and to follow-up implementation of the regional Roadmap of the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development and the SDGs at the local level, aimed to operationalise the New Urban Agenda, the network of community of practitioners of cities and associates (as an integral part of the network of experts and policymakers of the Asia-Pacific Water Forum) were united with a common vision to implement the project aimed at system of solutions for the management of the urban waters. City Sanitation Alliance was formed in October 2017 under the theme "City Alliance- People. Sanitation, Cities" with a mission and the vision to strengthen capacities of city planners and practitioners in implementing sustainable system solutions for the management of urban waters with a focus on polycentric urban planning processes, water, wastewater, solid waste and faecal sludge management. Currently, the City Alliance unites eight cities and provinces from seven countries of South -East Asia, supported by the Bremen Overseas Research and Development Association (BORDA) and the Asian Institute of Technology.

Objectives of the Financial Working Group Meeting of City Sanitation Alliance are to exchange experiences and the applied financing schemes and instruments among City Alliance members from cities and municipalities to implement an integrated sanitation approach. The meeting aimed to review the conceptual approaches of ESCAP and the Asia-Pacific Water Forum Network towards enhancing public policy frameworks through leveraging own sources of funding, tapping into new resources aimed at the development of innovative financing frameworks.

This event is organised by the City Sanitation Alliance and supported by BORDA and the Sustainable Urban Development Section (SUDS) of Environment and Development Section (EDD) of ESCAP.

Please see the updated city fact sheets and case studies under the theme of "Sustainable Urbanisation" of SDG Help Desk at http://sdghelpdesk.unescap.org/knowledge-hub/thematic-area/sustainable-u... and under the best practices in the map with a legend of SDG 6: http://sdghelpdesk.unescap.org/index.php/technical-assistance/best-pract..., updated in May 2019 for the attention of the 75th ESCAP's Commission Session (CS75).