- 18 Oct
- Category: News
For the first time, GWOPA has held an event in Central Asia. During the High-Level International Conference on Water Cooperation on 20-21 August in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, the Secretariat organized a Special Focused Event on WOPs, which looked at collaboration between water operators and local governments in facing urban development challenges, and to understand the potential of WOPs as a tool for capacity building in this context.
The event was attended by about 30 participants including those from the Tajikistan's State Unitary Enterprise “Khojagii Manziliyu Kommunali” (KMK) which oversees all but two of the countries water and sanitation utilities.
Following introductory presentations on WOPs, the Director General of the KMK presented the water issues in the country, saying "we are familiar with our problems and know that we need the support of our partners."
Responding to that presentation, a panel consisting of GWOPA's partner organizations, including the World Bank, UNW-DPC, UNECE and Oslo Water Utility discussed what they could do together in the country and region to facilitate better access to water and sanitation services. A concrete result of this event was that participants agreed to organize a training workshop on water efficiency in 2014 in Dushanbe.
The outcome document of the Conference is available from here.
UNW-DPC's report on its activities at the Conference including this event can be downloaded from here.