GWOPA in Stockholm World Water Week 2013

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For the GWOPA Secretariat, the 2013 Stockholm World Water Week was predictably jam-packed with sessions, meetings and, above all, networking with old and a number of new partners. Some fresh discussions were held with Danish and Portuguese representatives, keen to get their operators to serve as WOPs mentors. 

GWOPA, together with German organizations DWA, GIZ and BMZ, led a seminar on WOPs.  Responding to this year’s theme, Water Cooperation – Building partnerships, the seminar focused on the different levels of cooperation that plays out in WOPs. 


Despite being at the end of the busy SWWW program, the session was full and lively. Bert Diphoorn, Chair of GWOPA Steering Committee, moderated the session which opened with keynote presentations by GWOPA and the German Alliance of Public Water Industries, followed by WOPs case presentations in Asia and Africa by the Asian Development Bank, WaterLinks, ABVAKABO FNV (Dutch Unions’ Association) and Dunea (a Dutch water utility). 

The next set of presentations by German DWA, the Global Water Partnership and UN-Water Decade Programme for Capacity Development (UNW-DPC) each featured different approaches to water cooperation.

The last session was a panel featuring representatives of AquaFed, GIZ, the Transnational Institute and the World Bank to talk about the challenges of facilitating cooperation in WOPs. Many of the comments and suggestions made during the discussion will be reflected and further addressed in the programme of the forthcoming Global WOPs Congress in November in Barcelona. 


Final Agenda of the Seminar 


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