GWOPA continued its support in 2014 to WaterLinks, the WOPs platform in Asia and the Pacific, notably in the implementation of a climate change-themed WOP between the national utility of Sri Lanka and Yarra Valley in Australia.
Recognizing the regional diversity of the platforms, GWOPA’s efforts in 2014 were directed to consolidating well-performing platforms, such as WOP-LAC, and to increase the direct support to strengthen existing and growing platforms such as WOP-Africa and Cari-WOP.
GWOPA took the initiative in August 2012 to lead the formation of the UN-Water Task Force on Capacity Development for Water Operators (TF-CDWO) under the umbrella of the UN-Water Thematic Priority Area on Drinking Water and Sanitation.
WOP-LAC is the Regional Platform of the Global Water Operators' Partnership (GWOPA) for Latin America and the Caribbean. Established in October 2007, the Inter-American Development Bank hosted the secretariat under the Aqua Initiative launched to support the Millennium Development Goals related to drinking water and sanitation in the Latin American and Caribbean regions.
Since August 2013, the Secretariat is in charge of the Latin American Association of Water and Sanitation Operators (ALOAS) with the support of UN-Habitat. WOP-LAC is a non-profit organization, which attracts funds from diverse sources, is financially sustainable, understands the needs and strengths of its members and is recognized as a strategic contributor to the improvement of the water and sanitation sector in LAC
The organizational structure of the WOP-LAC is made up of: a Secretariat, a Steering Committee and a Plenary Assembly
Actions of the WOP-LAC
The program of actions of the WOP-LAC, is divided into three different windows:
Window 1 - Twinning between Water Operators and Sanitation (WOPs).
Window 2- Promotion of good practices through Training and Participation
Window 3- Administration, management and promotion of the Platform.
Cari-WOP is a Sub-regional Platform of WOP-LAC. During 2013, the first meeting of the Executive Committee was held in Barbados and a benchmarking session for Caribbean operators (results here ). The secretariat of Cari-WOP is under the charge of the Caribbean Water and Wastewater Association and CAWASA .
On Thursday 30 October 2014, UN Habitat together with our hosts from the City Council of Barcelona, the Sant Pau Foundation and a wide range of local development actors, gathered to celebrate World Cities Day.