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World Toilet Summit Opens in Macau
Date:11/4/2008

Summit Urges the International Community to Work Together to Improve Global Sanitation Standards to Prevent the Spread of Waterborne Diseases That

Endanger Millions Every Year

MACAU, Nov. 4 /Xinhua-PRNewswire/ -- The eighth annual World Toilet Summit and Expo will commence in Macau today with a keynote address from His Royal Highness, Prince Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands, Chair of the United Nations Secretary-General's Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation.

The summit, organised by the World Toilet Organization (WTO), MP Asia (MPA) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB), will bring together United Nations agencies, civil society groups, industry pioneers, and other stakeholders in the international development community to discuss strategies for accelerating progress on worldwide sanitation issues.

The three day agenda, which facilitates an exchange of ideas between the public and private sectors, will focus on tackling the sanitation challenges of the world including promoting clean toilets in poor areas as well as improving hygiene standards in developing countries such as China and India.

Other speakers at the summit include: Jack Sim, Founder, World Toilet Organization (WTO), Singapore; Arjun Thapan, Director General, Southeast Asia Department, Asian Development Bank, Philippines; and Tam Vai Man, Raymond, Chairman of the Administration Committee, Instituto para os Assuntos Civicos e Municipais, Macau.

WTO and International Code Council (ICC) will also be signing a Memorandum of Understanding which will see the introduction of initiatives to promote global codes of practice for the design and construction of toilets. The first of these initiatives entitled 'Potty Parity' is to be debated at the event, and will look to review and address the ratio of female to male cubicles in public toilets.

According to the Founder of the WTO, Mr. Jack Sim, the meeting will address how to provide aff
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