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Regional Dialogue on Wastewater Management in Asia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 15-16 June 2010

Organised by: ESCAP and in cooperation with the Academy of Sciences Malaysia (and other Malaysian Partners).

Currently ESCAP is implementing a program aimed at promoting development of eco-efficient water infrastructure since 2008 with financial support of the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), covering several developing countries, in which wastewater treatment by innovative approaches is being promoted for rehabilitation of rivers. Concurrently, national dialogues have also been promoted in several of these countries on specific issues that are of priority focuses of the corresponding countries. For this reason, the National Workshop for Malaysia, which was originally planned by the National Hydraulic Research Institute of Malaysia (NAHRIM) and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) has now been upgraded to a higher level workshop at either sub-regional or regional level.

A major driver of this regional dialogue is the recent initiative on Wastewater Revolution in Asia of the Secretariat of the United Nations Secretary-General’s Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation (UNSGAB). The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is a key partner in the regional meeting.


  • To further develop regional support for wastewater management in the Asia-Pacific countries
  • To foster the networks required on the development of wastewater management in the Asia-Pacific countries
  • To support UNSGAB’s recent initiative on Wastewater Revolution in Asia
  • To link ESCAP’s current program on sustainable development, green growth and eco-efficiency to HAP II, en-route to MCED-6 in Astana, Kazakhstan

Target Group

Apart from participants from selected countries, experts from Members of the UN Waters group and other international organizations including the following: AIT, ADB, Korea Water Forum, GWP, WWC, JWF, UNSGAB are expected to attend.

For more information go to the web sites of ADB and ESCAP

Governance in Urban Sanitation, e-Learning Course, 23 March – 15 May 2009

Please note that application deadline for this course is 06 Feb 2009

The goal of the course is to enhance the capacity of local decision-makers to make the most efficient and pro-poor choices and investments in urban sanitation. The course provides analytical tools to understand the financial and institutional framework of the sanitation sector, creating the ability to assess specific situations and make recommendations to design and implement financial and institutional reforms in the sector.

The first session of the course is primarily intended for candidates affiliated with organizations from Asia and the Pacific dedicated to training and capacity building in their country or region. They should have prior understanding of urban sanitation and/or environmental issues and possess a university degree in a relevant area.

The course consists of 4 modules:

  • Module 1 – Introduction to Sanitation
  • Module 2 – Economics, Pricing and Financing of the Sanitation Sector
  • Module 3 – Institutional Aspects of the Sanitation Sector
  • Module 4 – Sanitation and Poverty

The course is implemented by the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) in collaboration with the Programme “Water and Sanitation in Developing Countries” of the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (Sandec/EAWAG). The contents of the modules are based on the original materials jointly developed by UNITAR and Capacity Building International, Germany (InWent).

For more information and to register for this course go to the UNITAR web site or contact sanitation [at] unitar.org

Asia: Sanitation Experts Call For All-Out Efforts

BANGKOK, Mar 20 (IPS) – New technology, religion and the market must be harnessed to secure basic toilet facilities for Asia’s rural and urban poor, sanitation experts from the region said here Thursday.

Currently, over 2.6 billion people across the world have no access to an organised system of toilets, of which some 1.5 billion people live in the Asia-Pacific region, states Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), a regional U.N. body based in Bangkok, which hosted a conference on sanitation.

And every year, over 200 million tonnes of human waste go uncollected and untreated globally, adds ECSAP. This not only fouls the environment and spreads diseases, but forces the people with no access to toilets to ‘’live in deeper poverty and indignity.’’

‘’If you want to solve the problem, you have to talk about the appropriate technology that works,’’ said Bindeshwar Pathak, founder of India’s Sulabh Sanitation and Social Reform Movement, in a keynote address. ‘’In many developing countries, due to lack of affordable sanitation technology, sanitation coverage was far below the level of satisfaction.’’