1st World Summit on Leaving No One Behind

- February 2019

1st Summit Winners

Flagship Winner - Shervin Hashemi
Resource Circulation Sanitation Showcase
Winner of the Innovation Award at the 1st World Summit on Leaving No One Behind is Shervin Hashemi from Seoul National University, presenting a project entitled “Resource Circulation Sanitation Showcase to Provide Sustainable Sanitation in Remote Areas”. Developed with Professor Moo Young Han, this project appealed to the judges based on the innovative nature-based solution and supporting access to safe and sustainable water and sanitation for people in remote and water scarce rural areas. This project met these criteria best out of the finalists, especially since it encourages the use of safe sanitation through ensuring that the waste is recycled as a safe fertiliser, potentially covering costs. It does not require complicated infrastructure and meets WHO guidelines for remote areas. The project features a system named “Resource Circulation Sanitation (RCS)” developed as an efficient and sustainable solution for remote areas. The process separates liquid and solid toilet waste and combines it with rainwater harvesting and bio seed fed tank-reactors to reduce reaction time for composting to two weeks. The use of nitrifying microorganisms improves fertilising potential, and removes unwanted indicators making it safe to use in agriculture.

The Exploratory Projects

The 1st World Summit on Leaving No One Behind selected three winners of exploratory projects that seek to demonstrate innovative approaches to water and sanitation solutions. They all capture aspects of a human-rights based approach and using local and community-based solutions that can be tested and scaled up through integration into policy. The three equal winning projects represented themes from the summit through people that are marginalised through gender, disability or remote, rural communities.

Ramisiety Murali and Snehalatha Mekala
Sanitation facilities for disabled and elderly people
And, it was interesting to see the focus on disabilities and elderly sanitation as demonstrated through a third project from Ramisetty Murali from the Freshwater Action Network South Asia (FANSA) and & Snehalatha Mekala from the South Asia Consortium for Interdisciplinary Water Resources Studies (SaciWATERS). Their project, titled “Local Government Lead Action to Translate Policy Commitment - Inclusive Sanitation Progress for Disabled Children”, deals with the issues of inequity and exclusion in the development of sanitation facilities, particularly affecting groups who are already marginalized. This project sets out to establish partnership with district level governments to develop model communities where sanitation needs are fully met. It aims to provide accessible, affordable and non-discriminatory toilets to best serve marginalized groups, elder populations and disabled peoples. All of these exploratory projects will be featured throughout the year during the UN-Water campaign on Leaving No One Behind.
Eva Manzano
Improving technical capabilities of local government and implementors
A second project on “Building an Enabling Environment for Universal Access to Safe Water in Colombia” was presented by Eva Manzano from the Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology (CAWST). CAWST has found that one of the main barriers for access to safe drinking water in rural communities is local knowledge of technical solutions. This project supports government agencies and local implementers with training and support to establish workable solutions.
Deepthi Wickramasinghe
Community-lead Village Rainwater Harvesting
Deepthi Wickramsinghe, University of Colombo and Sri Lanka Water Partnership, presented a project on “Rainwater Harvesting as an Alternative Water Source in CKDU Affected Areas in Sri Lanka”. Chronic Kidney Disease of Unknown Aetiology (CKDU), is prevalent in agricultural areas where ground and surface water become polluted with agrochemicals and toxins. It seeks to demonstrate how village level rain water harvesting societies can be formed as an alternative to using other contaminated water sources, to reduce the impact of CKDU. The project will provide community rainwater solutions backed by training and awareness campaigns. It helps to realise the human right to water through provision of clean water in accessible locations.