Global Interfaith WASH Alliance (GIWA) with support from UNICEF will initiate a discourse towards need for an access to safe drinking water, improved sanitation and proper hygiene at a round table in New Delhi followed by Ladakh Summit.
August 25, 2016. New Delhi::Over ten prominent religious voices from the Global Interfaith WASH Alliance (GIWA) in partnership with UNICEF will deliberate with editors and corporate leaders at a roundtable discourse and a summit meeting on Sarva Dharam Swachhta Sankalp: a pledge to spread the significance of cleanliness and sanitation among their followers in New Delhi .This will be followed by The GIWA Summit in Ladakh on August 29-30th 2016.
Partnership with religious communities for spreading critical messages on sanitation among their congregation can be effective in challenging attitudes and practices.
The Delhi roundtable session will deliberate on How Faith Leaders, Private Sector and Media can converge for WASH in India. Sadhvi Bhagwati Saraswati, President of Divine Shakti Foundation and Secretary-General of Global Interfaith WASH Alliance will preside the the sessions. The sessions will be attended by:
Swami Chidanand Saraswati (Parmarth Niketan), Maulana Kalbe Sadiq (Shia Scholar), Giani Gurbachan Singh Ji (Former Jathedar of the Akal Takht), Lama Lobzang (Secretary General of International Buddhist Confederation), Archbishop Dr. Anil JT Cuoto (Archbishop, Archdiocese of Delhi)
Gayatri Subramaniam (IICA), Rajesh Kumar Sahijwani (IFFCO Tokio), Pratyush Panda (Head-CSR, ACC Ltd), Sudip Sinha (SR Vice President – Environment Projects, Stone India Ltd.)
The Ladakh Summit will be hosted at Mahabodhi International Meditation Centre and aims to initiate a dialogue on critical issues of WASH with special impetus on Ladakh region. The summit will discuss the interlinkage of multiple issues of inequity, inaccessibility and other related issues in the region, with focus on minority populations.
While being a remote and harsh region, LehLadakh is also identified as one of the Minority Concentration Districts by the Government of India, with socioeconomic statistics lower than the national average. It stands poorly on the national programs on sanitation and drinking water supply.
The Ladakh summit will bring together faith leaders, corporate leaders, media and the local population comprising of different religions. An estimated 500 people are expected to be present at the event where faith leaders from five prominent religions of India will come together.
GIWA is a pioneer initiative that is engaging the planet’s many faiths as allies in efforts to create a world where every human being has access to safe drinking water, improved sanitation and proper hygiene. The launch of GIWA India in November, 2014 at Rishikesh, saw the coming together of over 200 faith leaders from across India and the world, as well as leaders from the government, politics, industry, academics, international organisations, celebrities and civil society. GIWA India is a unique, historic and unprecedented initiative to save millions of Indian children and families. Since its inception, GIWA has reached out to lakhs of people through its innovative approach of using faith as a platform to promote the message of WASH.
UNICEF has been providing GIWA with technical support on WASH issues and has supported development and promotion of key messages, programmes, activities, technical materials and other matter by leveraging its knowledge base and technical expertise on WASH.
UNICEF’s goal is to advance the rights of children, adolescents and women to survival, growth, development, participation and protection by reducing inequities based on caste, ethnicity, gender, poverty, region or religion.
UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.
UNICEF India is fully committed to working with the Government of India to ensure that each child born in this vast and complex country gets the best start in life, thrives and develops to his or her full potential.
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