Earlier this fall, RTI joined other leading voices and technical experts at UNC’s Water and Health Conference.
Held annually in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, the UNC Water and Health Conference is intended to convene policymakers, practitioners, and researchers to review current evidence and science to improve old approaches and develop new strategies approaches to expanding WASH access.
The conference is always a focal point given its relevance to RTI’s water resources work—yet this year marked an unprecedented milestone, with all members of the International Development Group’s water team in attendance. Taking advantage of this robust representation, we sat down to gauge reactions. With some seasoned experts and others relative newcomers to the WASH sector, each member of the team came away with a unique take on this year’s discussions—yet one consensus was unanimous: the global focus on WASH as a critical component of climate change, is long overdue, and much work remains to be done if we are to make lasting change for both this sector and the future of our planet. Read some first-hand accounts of the UNC Water and Health Conference below: