Thank you for attending our November 12 online event, “Water and Sanitation for All: The Fight Against Pandemics”
Watch above or click one of these channels to replay the event:
On Thursday, November 12th at 9am ET, more than 300,000 people from around the world viewed Water and Sanitation for All: The Fight Against Pandemics, the inaugural event in our “Rise or Fall Together” Event Series.
The special one-hour online event focused on the goal of ensuring safe water, basic sanitation and hygiene, and essential pandemic preparedness (WASHPAP) for every person on Earth by 2030.
OneShared.World founder Jamie Metzl was joined in the discussion by:
- Suresh Prabhu, Minister of the Parliament India and Sherpa to the G20 and G7
- Shah Chowdhury, Co-Founder and President of Footsteps Bangladesh and winner of the 2020 AFS Prize for Young Global Citizens
- Jack Sim, Founder of the the World Toilet Organization and the World Toilet Day initiative.
These distinguished WASHPAP experts and leaders discussed these essential questions:
- With the G20 meetings coming up at the end of November, how can we get government leaders to focus on these critical issues in the midst of the global health crisis?
- What is the importance of WASHPAP in fighting Covid-19 and future pandemics?
- How is WASH being addressed globally now and what is the importance of the roles of governments, civil society orgs, businesses, and individuals?
Afterwards, event attendees continued the conversation — including actions you can take — in our virtual break-out rooms. This includes signing the WASHAP2030 petition to G20 leaders.
Featured Clips from the Event
Opening remarks from OneShared.World Founder and Chair, Jamie Metzl
Highlights of Minister Saresh Prabhu’s remarks
“I hope we don’t wash our hands off of this responsibility…but do wash our souls by thinking that now it’s my responsibility my fellow citizens.”
“We have to ensure that we work for not just these 20 countries’ interests, but for the interests of the whole of humanity.”
“There cannot be a bigger responsibility than solving this problem together.”
Co-Founder and President of Footsteps Bangladesh and winner of the 2020 AFS Prize for Young Global Citizens
The African Network for Internationalization of Education (ANIE), AFS Intercultural Programs, Asia Society, Internews, Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER), The National Federation of Business and Professional Women’s Clubs
Shah is an internationally recognized Environmentalist and Social Entrepreneur based in Dhaka, Bangladesh, where he is currently running a social enterprise called Footsteps Bangladesh which addresses social challenges in the fields of environment, health, and education with a vision of transforming community mentality from aid dependency to self-reliance. His work is impacting over 100,000 people in Bangladesh through 13 different social ventures and campaigns. Shah was mentored by former US Vice President Al Gore on Climate Leadership and after completing his degree on Environmental Economics and Policy from Pennsylvania State University in 2018, he went back to Bangladesh to chase his dreams of empowering communities through Footsteps Bangladesh. Shah was nominated by the European Commission as one the 16 inspirational young leaders from around the globe in 2018, and also represented Bangladesh as a youth ambassador at the United Nations in 2012 specifically RIO+20 and Bangkok Climate Talks. Shah received the Diana Award and AFS Prize for Young Global Citizens in 2020 for his commitment to improving livelihoods across Bangladesh.
Jamie Metzl is the Founder and Chair of OneShared.World and a leading technology and geopolitical expert. A science fiction novelist, faculty member of Singularity University Exponential Medicine, and Senior Fellow of the Atlantic Council, he was appointed in 2019 to the World Health Organization expert advisory committee on human genome editing. Jamie previously served in the U.S. National Security Council, State Department, and Senate Foreign Relations Committee and with the United Nations in Cambodia. Jamie appears regularly on national and international media discussing global issues and his syndicated columns and other writing are featured in publications around the world. He is the author of a history of the Cambodian genocide, the historical novel The Depths of the Sea, and the genetics sci-fi thrillers Genesis Code and Eternal Sonata, and the recent bestseller, Hacking Darwin: Genetic Engineering and the Future of Humanity. An avid ironman triathlete and ultramarathoner, Jamie holds a Ph.D. from Oxford, a law degree from Harvard Law School, and is a graduate of Brown University.
From Suresh’s personal website:
In my considered belief, commitment unlocks the doors of imagination, allows vision that serves us with an opportunity to turn dreams into reality. With a firm focus on achieving desired results, I have always been a strong votary of reforms and turnarounds in my endeavours to bring about a positive transformation in the society. My credentials have propelled me into the league of top three Indian leaders by Asia Week magazine in its lead story “Giant on the Move”, further strengthening my resolve to strike a healthy balance between human development and fragile eco-system.
Before taking over as the Minister of Commerce and Industry and Civil Aviation, Government of India, I have had the privilege of handling several ministries like the Railways to Environment and Power and Heavy Industries. As Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s Sherpa at the G 20 Summit, I had the good fortune of being a personal representative of the head of a state and Chairman of the Task Force on Interlinking of Rivers Project. I staunchly believe that all projects can be taken to their logical fruition with a clear blueprint and stipulated deadlines.
As a Rajya Sabha MP from Andhra Pradesh and Haryana and, four-time Lok Sabha MP from Rajapur in Maharashtra, my doors have always been open to people in my perception that it eliminates red tape and promotes inclusive thinking. I am receptive to new ideas and appreciate constructive criticism while encouraging public and stakeholder participation.
In my younger days, I was firmly focused on academic growth and excellence. In those days only a minuscule, two per cent students could pass the CA exam. It also helped me to clear the UPSC exams.
Before entering public life, I was grounded into social work, often taking part in festivals like the Ganeshotsava. I feel it offered me a platform into understanding public pulse in my evolution as a political leader. As Vice Chairman and then as Chairman of the Saraswat Bank, I supported its computerization. With my roots in Sindhudurg, I drafted a full report of that area along with TCS to explore how tourism could be developed in that picturesque terrain. It was my privilege to have been associated as a member with over 150 social organizations and NGOs before becoming a Member of the Parliament.
I am blessed that people have always been disposed kindly towards me. I attribute it to my methodical, disciplined and systematic approach in whatever role I found myself in. Credibility and conscience are at the core of my thinking philosophy – one reason why I have earned respect from even political opponents. I pledge to be equal to this trust and continue to work without fear or favour.
Jack Sim is the founder of the Restroom Association of Singapore, the World Toilet Organization, the World Toilet Day initiative and Bottom of the Pyramid (BoP) Hub. Jack was named one of 2008 the Heroes of the Environment by Time magazine.