WaterLinks at the 11th Steering Committee Meeting of the Global Water Operators’ Partnership Alliance (GWOPA)
The 11th Steering Committee meeting of GWOPA was held on 27 February 2019 at the Ministerio de Fomento in Madrid Spain. This is a yearly event of GWOPA is aimed at reviewing the progress made in the implementation of WOPs and other related activities including the setting of directions for the current year. The meeting took note of the fact that GWOPA is celebrating a decade of bringing water and wastewater operators together to improve capacities to deliver essential services to all and achieve MDGs and SDGs. UN-Habitat’s Executive Director, who is also Chair of the Committee, congratulated the Alliance for its decade of achievement and thanked its partners e.g. Government of Spain, City of Barcelona, the Government of Netherlands (DGIS), OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID), the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Department of Energy of Abu Dhabi for their financial support.
A key decision at the meeting was to open a competitive bid for Hosting the GWOPA Secretariat for a further 5-year period in order to implement the GWOPA 2019- 2023 Strategic Plan. A call for Expressions of Interest to host this UN office will be opened to all UN member states in the coming months. Furthermore, the Committee members welcomed the endorsement of GWOPA’s new 5-year strategy with a view to ensuring that: 1) WOPs are scaled up and 2) WOPs are effectively supporting operator capacity to realize the SDGs to the benefit of all. To bolster this strategic transition, International Steering Committee members agreed that a GWOPA Governance Task Force will be established to oversee the review and revision of the GWOPA Charter.
WaterLinks was represented by Ms. Yoly Gomez in the said meeting.