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GWOPA/UN-Habitat organized the Regional Workshop on “Capacity Development, Water Operators’ Partnerships and Financing for Non-revenue Water (NRW) Management” in cooperation with the UN-Water Decade Programme on Capacity Development and the Government of Tajikistan on 7-9 July 2014 in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. The workshop was held in parallel with the Central Asian Sub Regional Preparatory Conference for the 7th World Water Forum to be held in 2015 in Korea.
This meeting was an opportunity for participants to present existing experiences on NRW management in the region and explore paths to maximizing the capacities of operators by launching supported regional WOP initiatives. The workshop was attended by participants representing water utilities and government agencies of 7 countries from Central Asia and neighboring countries, including, including Armenia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Iran, Pakistan and Tajikistan and 8 international organizations and partners working in the region (list of participants).
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GWOPA/UN-Habitat attended the Latin America Water Week hosted by the CONAGUA (National Water Commission) of Mexico, ANEAS (National Association of Water and Sanitation in Mexico and member of GWOPA Steering Committee), and IMTA (Mexican Institute of Water Technology) on 23-27 June 2014 in Mexico City. The week was organized as a regional preparatory process towards the 7th World Water Forum in May 2015 in Korea and convened around 200 international and national participants representing national and local governments, water and sanitation utilities, NGOs and international/intergovernmental organizations.
On June 23, UN-Habitat represented by Bert Diphoorn participated in the session on "Water for Development and Prosperity" and presented on water and urbanization as one of the most urgent topics to be addressed by the water sector. Other presentations were made by speakers from several different sectors, such as irrigation and energy. Mr Diphoorn stressed the importance of bridging the gap between water and urban sectors to address the water issues caused or increased by urbanization. Water Operators’ Partnerships (WOPs) were introduced as an useful mechanism to capacity building of water and sanitation utilities, which play a core role in expanding water and sanitation service provision in the cities. The session was followed by the Special Speech “Governance and Water Security” of Dr. José Ángel Gurría, Secretary General of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).