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World toilet summit 3 August 2010
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For the first time ever, the World Toilet Summit will take place in the United States. This annual event brings together key global leaders in the sanitation and water arena to discuss and learn about innovations and business opportunities surrounding the global sanitation crisis that affects 40% of the world’s population.

After nearly a decade of hosting their annual World Toilet Summit (WTS) mainly in Asia, the World Toilet Organization (WTO) has instead opted to hold it in the United States for the first time. The International Code Council World Toilet Summit 2010 will be presented by the Code Council and hosted by the American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE) during this year’s ASPE Convention and Engineered Plumbing Exposition to be held 30 October – 3 November in Philadelphia.

This joint ASPE and ICC WTS conference came about as a result of the Code Council’s strong relationships with both ASPE and the WTO. For the past several years, the WTO and the Code Council’s Plumbing, Mechanical and Fuel Gas (PMG) Group have been partnering on various initiatives in an effort to help improve sanitation conditions worldwide. The Code Council also recently signed an MOU with ASPE that focuses on collaborating on programs that will advance the plumbing industry. Bringing all three of these organizations together to promote plumbing and sanitation innovations and commerce opportunities was a perfect fit.

The theme of the 2010 ICC WTS is: '2.6 Billion Sanitation Business Opportunities'. Holding both the ASPE and ICC WTS events under one roof will dramatically expand the education, networking and overall business opportunities for ASPE, ICC and WTO attendees.

The key tracks the World Toilet Summit will feature are Innovations in Global Toilet Design, Bottom of the Pyramid Market (1.8 billion of the 2.6 billion people without proper sanitation who have purchasing power) and Micro Financing, Advocacy and Potty Parity, and the Cleaning and Personal Care Market. This conference will reveal how to capitalize on these huge markets while helping to solve the sanitation crisis at the same time. The ICC-focused tracks are Green and Codes & Standards, which both round out the WTS’s sanitation topics and complement ASPE’s tracks perfectly.

“We are so fortunate to have the right partners for the 2010 World Toilet Summit,” said Jack Sim, Founder of the World Toilet Organization. “ASPE and the ICC are such respected and highly professional organizations that are also devoted to helping to improve sanitation conditions around the world. Partnering with them to present this important event to US businesses is very exciting.”

“We are so proud to be part of this initiative,” stated Jay Peters, ICC PMG Group Executive Director. “The attendees and other participants of this powerful conference will benefit tremendously from the expanded and richer conference and expo offerings, as well as invaluable networking opportunities for future business ventures that wouldn’t otherwise be available to them. It will be outstanding for our organizations, the entire plumbing industry and the businesses that serve them. But, most importantly, it will undoubtedly go a long way in helping those in need of proper sanitation worldwide.”

This strategy intends to engage large corporations by demonstrating the staggering size and profit potential the sanitation market in the developing world offers. The global sanitation crisis affects 2.6 billion people who still do not have access to proper sanitation. Diarrhea alone claims two million lives every year. Unfortunately, most of these victims are children. The sheer volume of demand for sanitation-related products is mind boggling and the purchasing power and high return on investment has been proven.

Aside from reaching business decision makers, another objective of bringing the WTS to the US is to dramatically heighten awareness of the global sanitation crisis among U.S. policymakers, organizations, and the general public in order to continue to grow support for this cause, both short- and long-term.

ASPE’s biannual convention attracts thousands of plumbing engineers and other construction professionals.