A second action item was the Secretariat's proposal to establish a "high level" organizational and corporate advocacy and fundraising activity to culminate in a public event in September 2017. Absent however from the discussion was any clear indication of the amount of funding to be sought, or for what specific purpose. Question was raised regarding how this activity would be coordinated with the current fundraising and advocacy efforts of the Pan-American Health Organization which are focused on eliminating cholera from Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Also mentioned was the reality that both efforts will be competing for funding and recognition by the UN in its current $400 million drive to accelerate cholera prevention and eradication efforts in Hispaniola.
Other participants in this meeting included WASH experts from UNICEF, WHO, other U.N. agencies, the World Bank, Universities, NGOs and Foundations.