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Nairobi, Kenya -- 1 October 2014: The United Nations has designated the first Monday of October every year as World Habitat Day (WHD). The purpose of World Habitat Day is to reflect on the state of our towns and cities and to promote adequate shelter for all. It is also intended to remind the world that we all have the power and the responsibility to shape the future of our towns and cities.
The theme for World Habitat Day 2014 is ‘Voices from Slums’ and it will be commemorated all over the world on Monday, 6 October 2014. It aims to acknowledge the hardships of life in slums by giving voice to slum dwellers to air their own experiences and share their knowledge and ideas about improving their living conditions, as well as highlighting the efforts made towards the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals.
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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.