India has taken massive strides towards achieving universal safe sanitation. According to the government, the number of people without access to toilets in rural India has gone down from 550 million in 2014 to less than 150 million today, through an intensive behaviour change campaign, the Swachh Bharat Mission, which has become a people’s movement. India is on track to achieve open defecation free status by 2019, significantly contributing to the global achievement of Sustainable Development Goal 6 on Clean Water and Sanitation and improving health, educational and other outcomes for millions of people.
The Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, Government of India, with support from UNICEF, is organizing the Mahatma Gandhi International Sanitation Convention, MGISC, in New Delhi from September-02 October 2018. The convention will bring together ministers and other leaders from over 50 countries around the world in order to both showcase India’s progress and learn about the best Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) practices across the globe.