December 2023 | Kathmandu – UCLG ASPAC Municipal Network Advocacy on Sanitation in South Asia (MuNASS) Project contributed to the sanitation exposure in Nepal through the National City-Wide Inclusive (CWIS) Sanitation conclave in Kathmandu, organised by the Municipal Association of Nepal (MuAN) and in collaboration with CWIS Alliance Nepal (CWISAN). The event was attended by more than 180 participants including representatives from Nepal Government – Federal and Provincial, Local Government/Municipalities, development partners (UN agencies, I/NGOs), private sector, Persons with Disabilities (PWDs), and LGBTIQ communities.
Participants shared the sanitation efforts, explored solutions to the issues, and finalised the Kathmandu Declaration. The National Citywide Inclusive Sanitation Conclave 2023 commenced with the inaugural session. President of MuAN Mr. Bhim Prasad Dhungana chaired the session. Minister of Water Supply Mr. Mahendra Raya Yadav graced the session as the chief guest. Likewise, Minister for Sanitation of Bagmati Province Mr. Tirtha Bahadur Lama, and Member of National Planning Commission (NPC) Dr. Anita Shah resided as the special guests, and Former President of MuAN and UCLG ASPAC and Mayor of Dhulikhel Municipality, Immediate Past President of UCLG ASPAC, Mr. Ashok Kumar Byanju Shrestha resided as the guest for the session.
The formal inauguration of the Conclave began with the National Anthem followed by placing the faecal sludge manure in a flowerpot and watering it by the chief guest Minister of Water Supply, Mr. Mahendra Raya Yadav,symbolising the possibility of effective reuse of the faecal sludge and proper faecal sludge management.
The Kathmandu Declaration was declared amid the National City-Wide Inclusive Sanitation Conclave 2023 organised by the Municipal Association of Nepal (MuAN) in collaboration with City-Wide Inclusive Sanitation Alliance Nepal (CWISAN) on December 21, 2023.
Key objectives of the National Conclave were to create a common platform for learning and sharing sanitation initiatives for a shared understanding of opportunities and challenges in safely managed sanitation services; and to encourage local governments to put greater emphasis on sanitation services including innovative products and technologies and accelerate the sanitation efforts thereby bringing three tiers of governments together in a single platform and ensure the spirit of Cooperation, Coordination and Co-existence of all three tires of government as envisioned in Nepal Constitution.
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