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International Water Forum at the United Nations, New York, NY, USA, 16 September 2011

Organised by: The Chronicles Group and Energy Water Institute of New York, in cooperation with the United Nations Institute of Training and Research (UNITAR), World Water Organization (WWO), and WaterAid America.

Held concurrently with the 66th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, the forum will discuss water issues in the United States as well as global water challenges. The main aim is to take the first step toward organising a worldwide education and awareness campaign on the global water crisis.

More than 500 individuals are expected to participate in the forum.

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September 9, 2011 at 3:10 pm Leave a comment

Governance in Urban Sanitation, e-Learning Course, UNITAR, 25 April – 01 July 2011

The goal of the course is to enhance the capacity of local decision-makers and sanitation professionals to make the most enlightened decisions and investments in the area of urban sanitation. It provides analytical tools to understand the financial and institutional framework of the sanitation sector, taking into account the needs of urban poor communities.

Organised by: United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)
Fees: US$ 400 per participant
Application deadline: 20 April or when course is fully subscribed
Estimated Learning Time: 5 hours/week (total : 50 hours)
Language: English

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Register online at

Course Outline

Module 1 – Introduction to Sanitation

  • Definitions and concepts
  • Sector global context and challenges
  • International commitments
  • Importance and benefits of sanitation
  • Obstacles to sanitation improvement
  • Steps to overcome obstacles to sanitation improvement
  • Specific critical issues related to sanitation

Module 2 – Economics, Pricing and Financing of the Sanitation Sector

  • Challenges of pricing and financing in the sanitation sector
  • Costs and sources of funds for sanitation
  • Financing issues
  • Possible actions at the local level

Module 3 – Institutional Aspects of the Sanitation Sector

  • Introduction to institutional aspects of the sanitation sector
  • Governance deficiencies in sanitation
  • Analytical framework
  • Structuring relationships in the service delivery triangle (SDT)
  • Moving towards good governance in the sanitation sector

Module 4 – Sanitation and Poverty

  • Extent of urban poverty and its relation with sanitation
  • Providing sanitation in slums
  • Financing sanitation improvements in poor communities
  • Working with community-based organizations

For more information and to register online go to

April 5, 2011 at 9:21 am Leave a comment


Forthcoming events and training courses on water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). A Source News Service blog by IRC.