Learning from each other, sharing experiences, and inspiring action is a critical way for water and sanitation operators to improve their services and enrich the lives of the people they serve.
A spirit of collaboration and solidarity is at the heart of the Global WOPs Congress.
This free and open event is convened by the Global Water Operators’ Partnerships Alliance - a global network of public operators and their partners - led by UN-Habitat.
Extending services, pro-poor initiatives, social inclusion, gender mainstreaming, informal and community operators, decentralized systems
Wastewater collection and treatment, protecting water quality, fecal sludge management, reuse
Climate change adaptation, ecosystem services, water conservation, source protection, water safety planning, emergency response planning
Regenerative urban waters, nexus approaches, carbon neutrality, water-sensitive urban design, energy efficiency
Lessons from the COVID-19 response, preparedness for disasters, remote WOPs
WOPs Sessions will highlight the latest trends, challenges, and possible ways to increase and improve the WOPs practice.
Governance: Enabling frameworks for WOPs
Finance: WOP funding and financial linkages
Knowledge: Connecting capacity and informing better WOPs
Monitoring: Tracking results and progress of WOPs
Water and sanitation operators have a long history of solidarity and cooperation, especially in times of crisis. Many operator staff are actively helping their peers on a collaborative basis.
The #OPERATORsSTAGE is an open space for operators anywhere to share their experiences of peer-to-peer support, partnership or working together.
#OPERATORsSTAGE events can be flexible in format but must adhere to GWOPA's principles, such as not-for-profit and solidarity objectives.
Opportunities for side events are open to Alliance partners who want to showcase their ongoing projects and initiatives or convene other debates and discussions.
Event proposals will be screened based on criteria linked to the main themes and focus of the Congress and in accordance with the GWOPA’s Guiding Principles.
Water Operators’ Partnership and other not-for-profit peer support exchanges will take center stage.
The Congress is a moment for the GWOPA network and new partners to come together around a shared commitment to helping each.
The WOPs Congress has been designed in close consultation with a Congress Taskforce (public operators, WOPs facilitators, donors, workers’ unions and civil society organisations) to ensure it shines a light on real actions, impact, and opportunity to increase progress on Sustainable Development Goal 6.
WOPs support operator staff to do their job better and they are happening all over the world.
The Congress will bring together hundreds of operator staff to tell their stories, learn from each other and inspire individual and collective action.
The Congress is convened by the Global Water Operators’ Partnerships Alliance – a diverse network largely made up of public water and sanitation operators along with their partners.
Participation is free of charge and open to all organisations and individuals with an interest in sustainable water and sanitation.
LEARN: Contribute to and benefit from collective knowledge on peer-to-peer partnerships and the work of water operators.
SHARE: Strengthen or build new partnerships and exchange experiences with water operators and their partners.
INSPIRE... and GET INSPIRED!: Expand support for water operators and peer-to-peer learning amongst relevant stakeholders and the general public
Participation has no cost and online participation will allow everyone to take part.
Stakeholders from all walks of life who support public water and sanitation utilities, including national, sub-national and local governments, donors and financial institutions, knowledge and academic institutions, multi-lateral organizations, civil society organizations, workers unions, water regulators and business.
For those new to WOPs and GWOPA, the Congress is an opportunity to interact with a global network of actors committed to solidarity and peer support in the water and sanitation space.
The event is convened by GWOPA in its host city in Bonn.
Online participation will allow alliance partners, members and newcomers to participate.
Networking and e-socialising events will be organised to connect different individuals across the globe and build new partnerships and synergies.
Registration will open in June 2021.
Registration for the Congress will open in June. If you would like to be involved in a session or support the Congress in another way please contact us at