Government of India

What is MGISC?

MGISC stands for the Mahatma Gandhi International Sanitation Convention, a 4-day international conference from 29th September - 2nd Oct. 2018 in New Delhi. It brought together sanitation ministers and other leaders in WASH from around the world.

Who organised the MGISC?

The MGISC was organized by the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation of the Government of India through its Swachh Bharat Mission (Clean India Programme),the world’s largest sanitation campaign.

What was the main purpose of MGISC? What did it achieve?

The Convention brought together Ministers of sanitation, heads of international agencies, and international sanitation experts to discuss solutions to sanitation issues. Participants shared success stories, exchange best practices and engage in frank discussions around sanitation. the event culminated with the launch of Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth year celebrations.

Which countries and/or institutions were invited to participate?

Invited participants included 55 ministers in charge of sanitation and over 200 representatives from 70 countries across the world, international sanitation experts and over 20 institutions, organisations and development partners working in this field.

What role did Ministers have at MGISC?

Ministers presented and discussed the successes and challenges in sanitation in their country during the various sessions held during the conference. As a result of their discussions, Ministers brought solutions and best practices back to their countries as they continue to implement UN Sustainable Development Goal 6 on water, sanitation and hygiene.

Ministers were an integral part of the Convention. The Ministers contributed in every session of the Convention, specifically towards giving input, opinions and comments to the thematic sessions on the first day of the convention (29th September); observing first-hand the work done in rural India during their visit to the Gandhi Trail (30th September); and engaging in an exclusive Ministerial dialogue (round table discussions) with Ministers who presented their country’s sanitation story. Finally, all the Ministers were requested to join top leaders from the Government of India for a special luncheon on 2nd October, Mahatma Gandhi’s birth anniversary, following a special plenary.

Where can I find the meeting agenda?

The meeting agenda is here

What were the main topics that will be covered in the sessions?

Topics ranged from behaviour change, strategic partnerships across the private sector and corporations, toilet technology, financing sanitation, innovations in the field of sanitation and gender and inclusive sanitation.

Were these closed-door sessions?

The sessions were open to all officially invited participants unless indicated otherwise on the agenda.

What was the purpose of the “Gandhi Trail” field visit?

At the request of the Government of India, Ministers were invited to embark on a one day excursion to The Gandhi Trail, keeping with the central themes of the Convention. To this effect, the Gandhi Trail included a field visit to an important landmark in the life and work of Mahatma Gandhi, who held sanitation close to his heart. The visit further included a trip to an Open Defecation Free village to observe the implementation of the Swachh Bharat Mission.

Was there an Exhibition at MGISC?

Yes. There was an exhibition on innovations in sanitation through all days of the Convention. Selected countries and States from within India showcased innovations from their country’s/state’s sanitation Mission.