UN Water – Virtual Side Event ‘2 with 8’

The SMART Centre Group co-hosted a virtual side event during the UN-Water Conference in New York. On this page you can find the practical information for this virtual side event on ‘2 with 8’ as part of the UN Water conference in March 2023. The event took place on Tuesday March 21st at 09.00 EST.


This event showed failures and success with Household Water Treatment and Safe Storage (HWTS) and share decades of experience that can help to provide safe water for 2 billion people with a market based approach at a 1 time grant of $4 / person. The event brought together stakeholders from the private sector, NGO and the regulatory sector to share experiences. The event builds on the ‘2 with 8’-initiative launched at the 2022 Stockholm World Water Week. See also the ‘2 with 8’ background document.

The full recording is available below. In the table you can find the link to the individual presentations.

Program & Speakers

OpeningReinier VeldmanClip
Former CEO Aqua for AllWelcome and contextSjef ErnesClip
The Groundwater ProjectState of art groundwater, Contamination boreholesJohn CherryPresentationClip
WHOInternational Scheme to Evaluate HWTSNikki BeetschPresentationClip
CAWSTHWTS NetworkMarcio BottoPresentationClip
DanoneComparison Water kiosks- water filtersValerie MazonPresentationClip
Nazava / Basic Water NeedMarket based approach, HWT allianceLieselotte HeederikPresentationClip
MetaMeta Research / SMART Centre Group2with8 InitiativeHenk HoltslagPresentationClip
Moderated DiscussionCatherine Francis (moderator)Clip

Date & Time

The session took place as virtual side event to the UN Water Conference, taking place from 22 – 24 March 2023.
The virtual event took place on Tuesday 21st March and starts at 09.00 (EST) or 14.00 (CET).

Background information and other resources

Reinier VeldmanUN Water – Virtual Side Event ‘2 with 8’