GWOPA at the 10th World Water Forum

With the theme of this 10th World Water Forum being ‘Water for shared prosperity’, the spirit of solidarity between partnering utilities enshrined in GWOPA’s Charter is more relevant than ever. GWOPA/UN-Habitat’s delegation will be involved in some important sessions and events to advocate for Water Operators’ Partnerships (WOPs), with the ambition of elevating the profile of the Alliance, giving visibility to its members’ strong achievements towards SDG6 and calling for more WOP practitioners and supporters to join us in our commitment to achieve 100 more WOPs and SWOPs by 2030 as part of the milestone UN 2023 Water Conference in New York, where GWOPA made a Water Commitment pledge to rapidly increase the number of WOPs to accelerate the capacity development required to achieve SDG 6.

GWOPA/UN-Habitat engagement at the Forum will include speakers and panellist slots in four main thematic sessions, side events, and bilateral meetings with partners.

Download the GWOPA/UN-Habitat event calendar for the 10th World Water Forum, Bali 

Monday 20 May

14:50 – 16:20


T6E1: Increasing financing to vocational & communities training in the water sector

Kintamani 5

16:40 – 18:10 Launching of WWDR 2024 (IND Version) – UNESCO

Legian 7

18:30 – 21:00 Stronger Together! Networking Mingle (Maren GiZ) Stronger Together! – How women become leaders in water & climate

Melia Bali Hotel (Nusa Dua)

Tuesday 21 May

16:40 – 18:10 T2D1: Enabling environment for the development of sanitation services and hygiene

Mengwi 7-8


Wednesday 22 May

10:20 – 11.50 T6B1: Framing legacy and innovative approaches to understanding and implementing organizational change

Jakarta A&B

The session will set the conceptual framing of organisational innovation, in advance of the ‘application-focused’ second and third sessions. Presenters will interrogate ‘legacy’ organisational approaches and how they pose barriers to successful organisational innovation. This will be followed by a roundtable discussion in workshop style with the audience. The outcomes of the roundtables will be presented to the plenary. GWOPA will showcase how, through Water and Sanitation Operators’ Partnerships, a ‘mentee’ utility can overcome its challenges through peer-support from a ‘mentor’ utility, by embedding new innovative working routines into the organizational structure and ‘culture’.

Side event 20: Accelerating safely managed sanitation in Low-Income Communities (LICs), lesson learned from Asia and Africa

Kintamani 2

This side event intends to share lessons and hands-on experiences of UN-Habitat, GWOPA, IWA and IsDB from the implementation of safely managed sanitation projects in LICs. IsDB will share its strategic direction to implement urban sanitation intervention as well as key learnings and recommendations from the independent evaluation of Community Based Sanitation – SANIMAS project in Indonesia. UN-Habitat/GWOPA through its experiences in scaling new approaches like citywide inclusive sanitation (CWIS) will share experiences on the importance of partnerships and strengthening sanitation in urban planning. It includes multi sector stakeholder partnerships involving utilities, regulatory authorities and city authorities /municipalities to strengthen institutional framework in sanitation service delivery. IWA will share the efforts in engaging a wide range of stakeholders in progressing a widely applicable framework to advance inclusive urban sanitation. This side event is targeting decision makers, policymakers, practitioners, regulators, utilities, researchers, and academics involved in urban sanitation at city, regional and national levels.   Upon the completion of this side event, the participants will understand the needs, challenges and solutions associated with accelerating safely managed sanitation services in LICs.
16:40 – 18:10 Side event: Enabling environment for the development of sanitation services and hygiene; and Launch of the ‘Accelerating Water as Leverage Global’ programme

NL Pavilion


Thursday 23 May

08:30 – 10:00 Side event 22: International Workshop on Building Smart And Resilient Cities and Communities in Asia And The Pacific: Role of Policy Makers and Planners of Local Government

Kintamani 7

10:20 – 11.50 T2D2: Access to sanitation and hygiene for all at the household level, in schools, and in healthcare facilities with specific attention to the poor and the vulnerable people–

Nusantara 1

14:50 – 16:20 EU-WOP Special event: Solidarity partnerships for sustainable utilities: lessons learned from Water Operators Partnerships

EU Pavilion


With only six years ahead of us to achieve SDG6, our water and sanitation utilities, which bring clean and affordable water and safely managed sanitation services to all, need more attention and support. Through peer-to-peer solidarity partnerships (WOPs – Water Operators’ Partnerships), which develop their capacity, they are much better equipped to provide sustainable services and fulfil their important role. The EU-WOP Programme funded by EU DG INTPA has enabled peer learning globally and leverages utilities’ demonstrated capacity to help one another reach the SDGs. In this special panel, we will discuss the various perspectives of WOPs from practitioners and enablers from around the world on the success of WOPs.

14:50 – 16:20 T2D3: Towards a circular economy transition through safe collection, treatment and resource recovery of wastewater and fecal sludge

Nusantara 2

16.40 – 18.10


Side Event 36: Climate Resilient Water and Sanitation Services for Resilient Communities

Nusantara 3

The session will focus on the need for climate resilient water and sanitation services to ensure that services continue to function as needed under increased uncertainty and pressures, changing hydrological conditions, and more frequent extreme weather events. Without resilient WASH services, children’s health, nutrition, education and overall wellbeing will suffer.

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Friday 24 May


08:30 – 10:00


2D: Hygiene and the sanitation chain, from access to toilets to organizing the disposal, treatment and reuse of fecal sludge and wastewater.

Mengwi 7-8

6B: Innovative organizational approaches

Nusantara 2