Theme 1: Water, Sanitation and Health For All

The scarcity of water and sewage present themselves as global systemic risks in people’s lives impacting, not only on public health, but on education, employability and social mobility among others. The SDG 6 and the human rights for drinking water and sanitation (HRWS) provide a people-centered approach to sustainable development in countries at all levels of development. Solving water-related problems is a basic requirement for other development actions, sharing prosperity and sustainability. Considering these aspects, this theme, discussed as the following topics, aims to discuss the development and implementation of effective models of water supply and sanitation services, with technical innovations, financing processes and social and environmental aspects that strengthen public health and the living conditions of the population.

The theme will comprise the following 3 topics and 5 sessions:

Topic 11 – Water for all

Session 111. The Human Right to Water: Service Accessibility and Affordability

Session 112. Safe Water in Slums

Topic 12 – Integrated sanitation for all

Session 121. City Wide Inclusive Sanitation

Session 122. Rural Water and Sanitation

Theme 13 – Water and Health

Session 131. Innovation in water and health

Alceu Guérios Bittencourt
Civil Engineer graduated from the Federal University of Paraná, postgraduate in Hydraulic Engineering from the Polytechnic School of the University of São Paulo, with a specialization in Financial Administration from Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV). He was the president of the Brazilian Association of Sanitary and Environmental Engineering - ABES - São Paulo Section, from 2013 to 2015 and from 2015 to 2017 and is currently a member of the Board of Directors of ABES. He was the president of the 29th ABES Congress. He joined the Thematic Commission of the World Water Forum 2018, held in Brazil. He is the superintendent Director of COBRAPE - Brazilian Company of Projects and Enterprises.
Dante Ragazzi Pauli
Dante graduated in Civil Engineering from Mackenzie University (1984), with Specialization in Public Health Engineering from USP (1989) and a Master's Degree in Environmental Sanitation from Mackenzie University (1988). He has been working in the São Paulo State Basic Sanitation Company - SABESP since 1985, in several areas. He is currently the Superintendent of Integrated Planning at Sabesp. He has also been a Professor at the Mackenzie Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism (since 1985) and Mackenzie Faculty of Engineering. He was the national president of ABES from 2013 to 2016 and now he coordinates the ABES Thematic Chamber of Communication on Sanitation.
Edes Fernandes de Oliveira
Edes Fernandes de Oliveira is a civil engineer, post-graduated in Sanitary Engineering at UERJ and in Environmental Engineering at COOPE/UFRJ. He has worked for CEDAE for 30 years. He was a manager in the areas of operation, maintenance and water quality control at RMRJ and the director of the Metropolitan Region of Rio de Janeiro´s water and sewage systems. He is currently its director of Operation and Great Operation. He was a representative member of CEDAE in the Basin Committees of Paraíba do Sul and Guandu Rivers, and the vice-president of the Association of University Employees of CEDAE. He is currently an advisor to ABES Rio de Janeiro Section.
Édison Carlos
Trata Brasil
Edison Carlos is the CEO of the Instituto Trata Brazil; graduated in Industrial Chemistry. He worked for many years in areas related to Communication and Institutional Relations in the chemical and petrochemical sectors. In addition to a degree in Chemistry from the Oswaldo Cruz University, he is post-graduated in Strategic Communication. He worked for nearly 20 years in various positions at Solvay Group, being responsible for Communications and Corporate Affairs at Solvay Indupa in his last years at the company. In 2012, Edison Carlos was honoured with the prize "Make a Difference - Person of the Year" of the newspaper O Globo - Category "Tomorrow Magazine" that rewards those who excelled in the area of Sustainability in Brazil. Between 2014 and 2016, Edison worked in a partnership with the National Confederation of Bishops of Brazil (CNBB) and the National Council of Christian Churches (Conic) for the 2016 Ecumenical Fraternity Campaign that warned of the need for basic sanitation in Brazil.
Gustavo Heredia
Agua Tuya
Gustavo Heredia started his career as an Engineer in the pipe manufacturing industry in Bolivia and in 2003 founded AGUATUYA, a non-profit organization that helps develop sustainable sanitation services. Thanks to his engineering background on-the-ground practical experience over the past 20 years and specialization courses and knowledge exchanging in Sweden, Japan and the UK, Gustavo is equipped with a big bag of tricks and insights for collaborating with different institutions in the sector and doing consultancy work for institutions such as the World Bank on strategic planning and wastewater treatment.
Juliana Almeida Dutra
ABES/CT Prestação de Serviços
Juliana is graduated in Social Communication from UNESP; specialized in Management and Marketing at FGV, IMI and ESPM and holds an MBA in Market Research, Media and Opinion at ESPM and research development in Sociology of Work Emotions/USP, Storytelling at ESPM, Innovation (environment, people and processes)/IEC and Management of Relationship and Strategy Kellogg USA and Jyväskylä Polytechnic School - Finland . She has been working for 20 years in Strategy and Relationship with Clients in the financial, services, utilities and technology segments and 7 years in public policies for sustainability, education, health, electricity and sanitation.
Márcio de Melo Rocha
A systems mechanical engineer, post-graduated in Sanitary and Environmental Engineering at UERJ-CPUERJ. He has been working at CEDAE for 36 years, in the area of electromechanical operations and maintenance, taking on several positions such as the head of Services, head of Division and superintendent of Operations Maintenance and Treatment. He has acted as a inspector in the PDBG Program in construction and assembly of the following sewage treatment stations: ETE Alegria, ETE Pavuna, ETE Sarapuí and expansion of ETE Ilha de Governador. He was the executive coordinator of the Sanitation Program of the Municipalities of the Surroundings of Guanabara Bay - PSAM, of the State Secretariat of the Environment. He is currently the director of Sewage and Sanitation at CEDAE, working in the entire area of the Metropolitan Region of Rio de Janeiro.
Mônica Bicalho
ABES/CT Saneamento Rural
A civil engineer graduated at the School of Engineering of the Federal University of Minas Gerais with a specialization in Sanitary Engineering. At COPASA - Minas Gerais Sanitation Company she spent 34 years working in sanitation of small communities. From 2006 to 2015 she was the coordinator of the Strategic Projects for Rural Sanitation Programs. She was a representative of the company in the Commission for Support to the Management of Residues of Health Services (municipal) and several Councils and Committees of the State of Minas Gerais, such as the Coordination Committee for Coexistence with Drought, the State Health Council and the State Council for Regional Development and Urban Politics. She is a member of the Brazilian Association of Sanitary and Environmental Engineering since 1974. She was the president of the ABES Minas Gerais Section from 2015 to 2017 and she has been coordinating the Association's Thematic Chamber on Rural Sanitation since 2008.
Rubens Filho
Trata Brasil
Rubens Filho is a journalist who graduated from the Universidade of Taubaté (in São Paulo) and is attending the Professional Master’s Program in Environment, Health and Sustainability at the University of São Paulo. For four years he has worked in the communication department of governmental entities in the interior of the State of São Paulo and performed in the areas of communication and culture in France and England. Since the second semester in 2013, Rubens Filho has been coordinating the communication department at the Instituto Trata Brasil, working directly with strategies to divulge the studies and social projects, and also has been a lecturer in events about sanitation for cities’, states’ and the federal governments as well as universities around Brazil.
Stela Goldenstein
WRG 2030
works in the management of the environment, water resources, drinkable water and sanitation, and in the recovery of urban spaces. She was Secretary of Environment of the State and the city of São Paulo. She has been a leader of environmental organizations, a consultant for environmental management and now works as a consultant to the World Bank to address issues and obstacles that hamper the achievement of the goals of sustainable development in the field of water and sanitation.
Thiago Terada
Pacto Global ONU - AEGEA
Thiago has a degree in International Relations from PUC-SP, a management postgraduate degree with an emphasis in Business Strategy from FGV-SP, and he has an MBA in Global Business and Sustainability from the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Italy. He has extensive experience in Sustainability and Government Relations and is currently Corporate Social Responsibility Manager at AEGEA, a company that operates in the water and sanitation sector in 48 municipalities in Brazil.
Xavier Vidal
EPMAPS Água de Quito - Equador
Xavier is a civil engineer graduated from the University of Cuenca, with a Masters Degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana. He has been working in the Water and Sanitation sector in Ecuador since 1998. From 2004 to 2009 he worked as a consultant in pollution control and sanitation at EPMAPS (Quito’s water utility). From 2009 to 2010 he held the position of Water and Sanitation Manager at ETAPA (Cuenca’s water utility). From 2011 he has been the Executive Director of the Environmental Sanitation Program at EPMAPS and currently he is in charge of the development of the new infrastructure projects.

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