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The 7th Pacific Water Conference and Expo was hosted by the Pacific Water and Wastes Associationin partnership with the American Samoa Power Authority from the 9th – 11th September in Utulei, American Samoa. The conference was opened with a cultural ceremony, organized by the host, and featured international and Pacific speakers, technical papers and workshops focused on the theme “Water and Energy in the Pacific”. With around 150 participants, this was yet another successful conference for utilities worldwide.
GWOPA representative took part in the plenary panel after the official opening of the Conference and presented the WOPs global movement and GWOPA's activities worldwide, focussing on the actions in Asia and the Pacific region. During the Conference, GWOPA also held some bilateral meetings with potential partners, including Pacific Water and Wastes Association (PWWA),Pacific Region Infrastructure Facility (PRIF) and New Zealand's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Among the many highlights for GWOPA's activities during the conference, the agreement with the PWWA to sign a cooperation agreement is particularly pertinent. Through this agreement, GWOPA will support the Secretariat in developing their capacity to facilitate WOPs as well as to implement WOPs related activities in the region throughout 2015.
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GWOPA is supporting the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for South-East Asia to implement the pilot Sanitation Safety Plan (SSP) project in Malaysia. The WHO has developed a draft manual on SSP and is implementing pilot schemes in several countries, including Vietnam, Peru, Uganda and India to collect lessons learnt and experience that will in turn contribute to refining and improving the draft manual before finalization and worldwide dissemination
The planning workshop for this pilot project was organized in Seri Kembangan, Selangor, Malaysia on the 20th and 21st of August, with participants from different Malaysian organizations, including the Ministry of Health, Sewerage Services Department, Department of Environment, IWK and GWOPA.
The objective of the workshop was to introduce the concept of SSP and discuss the potential sites for the pilot. Participants joined in the role-play type of activity though which they are expected to understand the concept of SSP.