water and sanitation service providers
UN-Habitat’s GWOPA convenes the global water and sanitation utility community at the 5th Global WOPs Congress in Bonn, Germany, on 22-25 May 2023.
Reliable water and sanitation services are critical in difficult times, yet conflict, rapid population growth, climate change, ecosystem degradation, and an enduring pandemic are complicating the work of operators.
The congress provides a platform to water, and sanitation practitioners to discuss how collaboration between operators can help them navigate these challenges.
Learn about WOPs, best practices, and utility innovations through poster exhibitions from various organizations during the 5th Global WOPs Congress.
Opening Reception hosted by the City of Bonn and the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development at the Bonn Altes Rathaus (Old City Hall). Upon registration only.
The use of the Hololens from Microsoft for the purpose of training and remote control on water utilities. Further VR-Glasses will show Wastewater Treatment Plants from Germany in 360° views. This will support the modern training of new staff. VR/AR applications are new in the water sector.
Learn how to use these new technology. Furthermore, we will show water-related Apps to be used in training.
Come and have a try. Check out the programme on 23rd May.
Learning in Competitions "is a learning format which works everywhere in the world. WorldSkills International is organizing such events in more than 60 skills with the participation of more than 80 countries. Since 2019 the new skill #55 "Water Technology" sets training standards for the water sector.
During the GWOPA event 2023 a demonstration day will show young staff in action. Come and learn about Worldskills and how to connect to this global movement.
As part of the "Utility Platform for strengthening partnerships of municipal utilities worldwide" funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), Germany's water and wastewater companies share their expertise with similar companies in our partner countries.
However, although these operators' partnerships make a valuable contribution to the local realization of the 2030 Agenda, they are currently the exception in Germany.
The German WOPs Forum will be officially inaugurated by State Secretary Jochen Flasbarth in the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development on the evening of 24th May.
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 other.
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.
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 WOPs Congress has been designed in close consultation with a Congress Taskforce (public operators, WOPs facilitators, donors and civil society organisations) to ensure it shines a light on real actions, impact, and opportunity to increase progress on Sustainable Development Goal 6.
Registration is now open by filling out the online form.
If, as a delegate or participant entering Germany, you come from a country out of the European Union (EU citizens may enter with their national identity card), you must have a valid passport and, depending on your country of origin, a valid visa.
It is advised that you have travel insurance that would cover your stay in Bonn. GWOPA will not take responsibility for the medical, accident, and travel insurance, for compensation for death or disability, for loss of or damage to personal property, and for any other costs or losses that may be incurred during travel time or the period of participation.
There are many hotels available in Bonn, offering various prices. You can book a hotel room via this link - Bonn und Region - 5th Global WOP Congress (bonn-region.de). Every guest who books a hotel room via this link will automatically receive a free ticket for local public transport, which is valid for the entire duration of your booking (day of arrival up to and including the day of departure) and is valid on the entire VRS network. If you arrive at Cologne/Bonn-Airport, please be aware that a rapid-bus supplement will be charged for the airport bus (ticket machine or cash inside).
The currency used in Germany is Euro (€). Therefore, carrying cash is highly recommended to make your travels easier within Germany. While credit cards are becoming more widely accepted, some Kleiner Saals and shops still only accept German EC Cards, and you may need to pay in cash on several occasions.
Wi-Fi will be provided in the conference venue.
The adapters used in Germany are 220V sockets. We suggest you bring Type C adapters to use your electronic devices.
To guarantee the safety of all conference attendees, the organizers enforce security measures in all conference areas: You must wear your badge at all times inside the venue. It is strictly prohibited to lend your badge to another participant. It’s advisable to carry some form of identification with you at all times; you need to present your ID when entering the conference venue.