- 09 Dec
- Category: Global WOPs Congress and General Assembly
2015 Global WOPs Congress: Water Operators and the Sustainable Development Goals
The Global Water Operators’ Partnership Alliance is pleased to announce that the Third Global WOPs Congress and GWOPA General Assembly will take place in the historic Sant Pau site in Barcelona, Spain where the Alliance is headquarted. The innovative city of Barcelona will once again be the backdrop for the bi-annual gathering of the global WOPs movement, taking place from 16-18 September 2015.
About the Third Congress
WOPs are ultimately contributing to the achievement of the Water and Sanitation Millennium Development Goals by reinforcing the capacities of operators through peer-exchange partnerships. With this in mind, 2015 is a pertinent year of GWOPA and the WOPs community as the world gathers to take stock of progress made on the MDGs and make fresh commitments to global development through the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).
Exchanging on success factors, innovative practice and catalysts in past and on-going WOPs, will open the discussion on the future of WOPs and plan the next steps as we move toward the new development agenda.
Second Global WOPs Congress
2013 was designated by the United Nations as International Year for Water Cooperation. The Global WOPs Congress, which aimed to foster cooperation between water operators, was very much in keeping with the UN theme. At the Barcelona Congress, 275 delegates were present and they came from 80 countries covering nearly every continent in the world.
Session focused on WOPs and Finance, WOPs Results, Capacity Development and Non-Revenue Water as well as regional session for Africa, Latin America & the Caribbean and Asia & Pacific. Furthermore more global questions of water and sanitation service provision were addressed during the special session on the sustainable development goals.
First WOPs Congress
In its efforts to make Water Operators’ Partnerships (WOPs) happen with greater impact around the world, the Global Water Operators’ Partnerships Alliance (GWOPA) organized its 1st Bi-Annual Global WOPs Congress and GWOPA General Assembly on 20th-21st March 2011 in Cape Town, South Africa, in conjunction with World Water Day celebrations on 22nd of March. The Congress brought together more than 150 water and sanitation operators, GWOPA members, and partners from around the world for this first major global WOPs event.