Swiss innovation and engagement to alleviate the drinking water problem

Tuesday, 28.11.2017 – Tuesday, 28.11.2017

Public event

Woman drinks water from a tap.
Solidarit’eau suisse and Swiss Bluetec Bridge are committed to ensure that more people obtain sustainable access to safe drinking water. © Helvetas

Globally 3 out of 10 people – or 2,1 billion people – do not have access to safe drinking water. 6 out of 10 people, about 4,4 billion people, lack adequate sanitation facilities.

Location: sanu future learning ag, Biel

Event by solidarit’eau suisse and Swiss Bluetec Bridge

November 28, 2017, 16:30 pm until 20:30 pm

The following and other questions will be discussed by a top-level panel:

  • What kind of technical, organizational, social and institutional innovations are needed to secure access to safe drinking water and functional sanitation facilities on a global level?
  • How can Switzerland make a contribution in this respect?
  • What requirements must innovative solutions meet to achieve a sustainable positive impact?


16.30      Arrival of guests

17.00      Welcome message

17:10      Presentation of the two initiatives solidarit’eau suisse und             Swiss Bluetec Bridge

17.30      Panel discussion with:  

  • Tatjana von Steiger, Deputy Vice-Director and Deputy Head of Global Cooperation, SDC

  • Roland Gröbli, General Secretary, Georg Fischer AG and Executive Director, Georg Fischer Foundation Clean Water

  • Sébastien Apothéloz, Chef de service, Service de l’eau Lausanne

  • Andreas Schöni, Member of the Board, NV-Terra

Moderation: Ellinor von Kauffungen

18.45      Conclusion

19.00      Apéro Riche


Deadline: November 17, 2017

Venue and Arrival

Sanu future learning ag, in the large hall, General-Dufour-Strasse 18, 2502 Biel