Nairobi, 30 May 2019. Water Operators’ Partnerships at the core of the discussion to accelerate the uptake of water and sanitation innovations for the SDGs.
During the first session of the UN-Habitat Assembly, Global Water Operators’ Partnerships Alliance (GWOPA) has convened a session to discuss the innovations being developed and transferred through Water Operators’ Partnerships to help utilities around the world confront sustainability challenges.
The session featured the First Secretary Food Security & Water of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Sanne Willems, Head of Corporate Affairs of the Nairobi Water & Sewage Company, Mbaruky Vyakweli, Deputy Director General for International Technical Organizations of the Government of Spain, Javier Gutierrez and the Regional Minister of Sustainablity Department of the Generalitat de Catalunya, Damia Calvet. The session was also introduced by Andre Dzikus, Urban Basic Services Branch Coordinator of UN-Habitat and moderated by Julie Perkins, Officer in Charge of the GWOPA Secretariat.
The discussion focused on the Water Operators’ partnerships (WOPs) experience and provided lessons learned from the Netherlands, Spain and Kenya
After ten years of its establishment, more than 300 Water Operators’ partnerships (WOPs) have be set supporting utility performance improvement. WOPs, not-for-profit partnerships between two or more water and/or sanitation operators carried out in the objective of strengthening their capacity to sustainably provide quality services to all.
Global Water Operators’ Partnerships Alliance was set up in 2009 to support Millennium Development Goals through a multi-stakeholder Alliance with the objective of building capacity for utility operators at the long term through sustainable partnerships.