Incredible Lineup of Speakers at ICC World Toilet Summit Breakfast

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The global sanitation crisis affects 2.6 billion people around the world who do not have access to proper sanitation. The first ever U.S. ICC World Toilet Summit 2010, to be held in Philadelphia October 31 – November 3, will reveal innovative designs, huge business opportunities, and other fascinating solutions the world’s thought leaders have initiated. The International Breakfast on November 1 will kick off the activities that will demonstrate how commerce and altruism truly can coexist.

While the list of global speakers and incredibly fascinating and life-critical topics scheduled for the first ever U.S. International Code Council (ICC) World Toilet Summit 2010 offer an extraordinary education opportunity, the International Breakfast at the Summit also boasts a truly amazing lineup of speakers.

The Breakfast will be held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center on Monday, November 1 starting at 8:00 a.m. and will be the first event to take place that is devoted exclusively to the ICC World Toilet Summit.

Jay Peters, Executive Director of the Plumbing, Mechanical and Fuel Gas Group with the Code Council will emcee the event and will also be the first of several distinguished presenters. It is through the relationship Mr. Peters and the Code Council have forged with the World Toilet Organization and their collaborations on several global sanitation initiatives that has brought the World Toilet Summit to the United States for the first time. The event is being hosted by the American Society of Plumbing Engineers during their biennial convention that will be held October 30-November 3.

This welcoming presentation will be followed by Jack Sim, founder of the World Toilet Organization, who will speak about the issues surrounding the global sanitation crisis and the theme of this year’s event, “2.6 Billion Sanitation Business Opportunities.” This topic reveals how altruism alone cannot solve this crisis that affects 40% of the world’s population. Rather, it is through a combination of philanthropy and commerce that substantial results can be achieved.

Mr. Sim will also present the World Toilet Organization’s 2010 Hall of Fame Awards to three professionals who have excelled in their efforts to support the global sanitation initiative: Therese Dooley, Senior Advisor of Hygiene and Sanitation with UNICEF; Jan-Olof Drangert from Linkopings University in Sweden and board member of World Toilet College; and Michael Roberts, Director of International Development Enterprises in Cambodia.

Each year, the World Health Organization presents an Award For Healthy Cities to a city that shows exemplary initiatives with regards to sanitation. This year’s award has been presented to Gangnam-gu, in the Republic of Korea’s capital city of Seoul. The prize is an all-expenses-paid trip to the World Toilet Summit. Representing the mayor of Gangnam is Mr. Sang-Joo Kim, who will speak about public sanitation solutions.

The final speaker will be Ms. Dooley with UNICEF, who, aside from being a recipient of a WTO award, will also speak about proper sanitation conditions for humanity and ways in which organizations are helping local communities to help themselves.

Mr. Peters will then invite all attendees to join the committee for the continued development of the life-critical “Global Guidelines for Practical Toilet Design.” The Code Council and WTO are working with founding members from other sanitation-related organizations around the globe to develop these guidelines that will enable virtually any country to adopt and follow them. This will facilitate easier and more affordable installation of toilets, which is critical in areas where they might not otherwise be feasible.

During the conference session panel discussion on November 2, where these Guidelines will be discussed in detail, attendees will be invited to sign up to join this landmark committee so that they too can assist in the effort to eradicate death from lack of access to proper sanitation.

The Breakfast meeting will conclude with a viewing of the Current TV documentary, “World Toilet Crisis,” produced by Lisa Biagiotti and reported by Adam Yamaguchi. This film is a no-holds-barred presentation on the reality that nearly half of the world’s population faces every day.

The International Breakfast is being sponsored by American Standard and the International Code Council’s Evaluation Services (ICC ES) and the International Accreditation Service (IAS).

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The Code Council’s Evaluation Services Listing Program (ICC-ES) is the most respected evaluation body in the U.S. and the one that more building departments trust for optimal code compliance. This program verifies that products meet code standards, resulting in stronger, safer products and the buildings in which they are installed. This gives jurisdictions assurance that the construction they oversee meets code requirements for safety and integrity.

Building departments rely on the Code Council’s International Accreditation Service (IAS) to save them immeasurable time. Testing and calibration labs, inspection agencies, and fabricator inspection programs accredited by IAS provide the assurance that these vendors meet the Code Council’s quality and conformity standards.

Since the Code Council is the authority on building codes and construction materials, both ES and IAS offer greater peace of mind that the strongest and safest products are being used during all phases of construction. Visit for more information about these and the hundreds of other products and services offered by the International Code Council.

If you are interested in learning more about the ICC World Toilet Summit or what the International Code Council and World Toilet Organization are doing to combat the global sanitation crisis, visit or contact the PMG Resource Center at 1-888-ICC-SAFE, x 4PMG.

The International Code Council (ICC) publishes building safety, fire prevention and energy efficiency codes that are used in the construction of residential and commercial buildings. Most U.S. cities, counties and states choose the I-Codes based on their outstanding quality. The ICC’s Plumbing, Mechanical and Fuel Gas (PMG) Group is devoted exclusively to providing PMG products and support to jurisdictions and construction industry professionals across the country and around the globe, with one or more PMG codes adopted in 49 states. The more than 200 superior products and related services were developed specifically by and for plumbing and mechanical professionals. Contact the PMG Group for additional information at 1-888-ICC-SAFE, x4PMG or visit

The World Toilet Organization (WTO) is a global non-profit organization committed to improving toilet and sanitation conditions worldwide. WTO is also one of the few organizations to focus on toilets instead of water, which receives more attention and resources under the common subject of sanitation. Founded in 2001 with 15 members, it now has 235 member organizations in 58 countries, all of which are working towards eliminating the toilet taboo and delivering sustainable sanitation.WTO was created as a global network and service platform wherein all toilet and sanitation organizations can learn from one another and leverage on media and global support that, in turn, can influence governments to promote sound sanitation and public health policies. To learn about all of the initiatives with which the WTO is engaged, visit

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