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WSSCC Executive Director Chris Williams at the Second National Sanitation Conference in Kenya

wssccFrom left: Chris Williams, Executive Director of WSSCC; Dr. Cleapas Mailu, Cabinet Secretary (Minister) of Health; Dr. Jackson Kioko, Director of Medical Services and Dr. Kepha Ombacho, the Director of Public HealthKenya’s Second National Sanitation Conference took place in Nairobi on February 7-9 2017, attended by senior government officials from the Ministry of Health, county health ministers, sector partners and representatives from non-governmental organizations, the private sector, UN bodies, academia and civil society.

The conference was officially opened by the Director of Medical Services Dr. Jackson Kioko, facilitated by the Director of Public Health Dr. Kepha Ombacho. Executive Director Chris Williams represented WSSCC at the event, reinforcing WSSCC’s mandate that supports Sustainable Development Goal 6.2 – By 2030, achieve access to adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene for all and end open defecation, paying special attention to the needs of women and girls and those in vulnerable situations.

The Partnership is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Helga Fogstad as Executive Director of PMNCH

HelgaMs. Helga Fogstad Ms. Fogstad comes with a wealth of experience in RMNCAH-related issues. She has 30 years of working experience in public health and has worked many years in developing countries at sub-national and national levels, as well as at international level within multilateral and bilateral agencies.

She has also lived and worked many years in Africa. She is a health economist and has co-authored several publications related to public health. Helga has been central in providing technical guidance on Norway’s health, education, research and development portfolio, both through the bilateral programs, as well as global initiatives and funds supported by Norway. She has been responsible for grant management, as well as measurement and quality assurance in many key areas.

Greyland awarded new Environmental and Quality Standards

greylandgreylandEading cleaning chemicals manufacturer Greyland announced that they start the New Year with two new ISO standards after being awarded the ISO 9001:2015 Quality and ISO 14001:2015 Environmental standards.

Last year, Richard Dyson, Greyland’s Managing Director made the strategic decision to upgrade its ISO 9001 Quality Management System to the latest ISO 9001:2015 standards and obtain the prestigious ISO 14001 Environmental Standard. “The Greyland quality team spent the last year providing organisational guidance in relation to the certification requirements and working with our management team we upgraded our procedures to the new standards,” said Richard Dyson. “After reviewing our quality and environmental management systems, our third-party auditors from.

Adesina to Ambassadors accredited in Côte d’Ivoire: “We are stronger than ever before”

AdesinaIn a major speech delivered before the diplomatic community in Abidjan, African Development Bank Group President Akinwumi Adesina stressed that the Bank is stronger than ever before. The lending and disbursements are at record levels, while the institution has made significant efficiency gains.

Adesina was addressing diplomats accredited to Côte d’Ivoire and whose countries are members of the Africa’s premier financial institution. The discussion took place in the context of the Bank’s annual Ambassadors’ Luncheon. The leader of the AfDB gave an overview of the evolution of the Bank’s situation in 2016. “We are stronger than ever before. We have improved institutional efficiency, effectiveness and delivery,” he said. Looking at the Bank’s activities, he stated that the Bank achieved record levels of loans and disbursements.

Amina J. Mohammed appointed as Deputy Secretary-General (DSG) of the United Nations

Amina J Amina J. Mohammed Amina J. MohammedThe Honourable Amina J. Mohammed, Minister of Environment for the Federal Republic of Nigeria, has been nominated to serve as Deputy Secretary-General (DSG) of the United Nations.

Ms. Mohammed, who currently serves as Chair of the WSSCC Steering Committee, was recently appointed by Secretary-General designate António Guterres as the nominee for the DSG post during a press conference at UN headquarters.

“On behalf of WSSCC and our nearly 4,000 members and implementing partners worldwide, I offer my warm congratulations to Minister Mohammed,” said Dr. Chris Williams, Executive Director of WSSCC. “The sanitation and hygiene community will have a champion in the leadership of the United Nations. As a primary architect of the Sustainable Development Goals, Amina is in a strategic position to offer her wisdom and experience to Member States as they look towards implementation by 2030.”

Ms. Mohammed has a distinguished 30-year career in human development and environmental issues in both the public and private sectors. Before becoming Nigeria’s Minister of Environment, she served as Special Adviser to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon on Post-2015 development planning.




Current Issue: Africa Water & Sanitation & Hygiene March-April 2017 Vol.12 No.2