Eminent faith leaders, captains of industry, entertainment stars, development experts, media luminaries, and representatives from global bodies including the United Nations assembled at Parmarth Niketan for a historic two-day summit to help ensure a Swachh and Water-Secure future for India.
With the technical support of UNICEF and in association with other partners, the two-day You Are the Solution Summit of Leaders was organised by the Global Interfaith WASH Alliance (GIWA). GIWA is the world’s first 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 and healthy water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH)
The You Are The Solution Summit of Leaders was planned at the auspicious time of Ganga Dussehra in light of India’s urgent need to safeguard its quickly-diminishing water sources and to ensure safe and healthy sanitation for all. Within 13 years, it is predicted that India will have only half the water it needs, unless change occurs rapidly. Already, water scarcity is on the rise, with over 30 crore people impacted by deadly droughts last year alone. Meanwhile, more people are not using toilets in India than anywhere else in the world, and septic waste is being dumped with abandon, causing 80% of our nation’s drinking water sources to be tainted with sewage.
Political leaders, faith leaders and NGO leaders came together to address these pressing issues by working towards sparking a people’s-led movement for lasting change.