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As the New Year approaches, we would like to extend our thanks to all of you for making 2014 another special year for us at the GWOPA Secretariat.
In 2014, we actively participated in numerous international and regional events, including the World Urban Forum 7, the Istanbul International Water Forum, and Stockholm World Water Week to advocate for WOPs and GWOPA. 2014 was also an important year as we participated in preparations towards the 7th World Water Forum taking place in April 2015 in Korea, and have been active in the political, thematic, and regional processes. Within the political process, our involvement at local and regional authorities level has led to new partnerships with international local authorities networks, such as ICLEI and UCLG.
Throughout the year, GWOPA provided operational support to a large number of new and existing WOPs across the globe, in Africa through the fruitful OFID project, and in South America with the support of the newly created National Platforms, to new a few. Important developments were also made in the area of knowledge management through the BEWOP initiative, including the first steps in the development of manuals for various technical areas of water and sanitation utilities as well as compilations of WOPs case studies and fact sheets.
2015 will be an important year for the entire international development sector in light of the Sustainable Development Goals, for GWOPA this year will be furthermore pertinent as we will organize the 3rd Global WOPs Congress in September 16-18, in our host city of Barcelona.
Thank you again for working together with us to make all this progress happen. We wish all of you and your families a very happy and successful New Year and look forward to continuing working with you all in 2015.