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Reinforcing Water Operators Partnerships by leveraging utilities, governments and investments for SDGs Featured


  • Wednesday 28 August from 12:00 to 12:45pm at room L7
  • The session is open to all participants and no fees are needed

Next Wednesday 28 August, as part of the official programme of the Stockholm World Water Week, will take place the session: Water operators’ partnerships Europe: Leveraging utilities, governments and investments for SDGs.

This session will showcase and entice operators, development agencies and financiers to join forces in a forthcoming WOP programme led by European public water utilities, GWOPA/UN-Habitat and the European Union whose aim it is to help utilities sustainably improve their capacity and performance to provide quality watsan services for All.

To achieve SDG 6, partnerships are critical. Not-for-Profit partnerships between peer water and sanitation utilities have shown their effectiveness and are catching on as a way of helping public water utilities in developing countries. In Europe, a growing number of utilities are engaging in these Water Operators Partnerships (WOPs) to help their counterparts in the South to improve their capacity and performance sustainably. Increasingly, WOPs are also helping utilities access and effectively utilize needed infrastructure investments.

European Union DEVCO and GWOPA UN-Habitat are preparing a European WOP programme to begin in 2020, aimed at bolstering this decentralized, peer-to-peer partnership practice. The EU Programme will enable European utilities to provide greater support in developing countries to reach SDG 6. Among its objectives, the EU-WOPs programme also aims to augment the capacity and connections between European institutions - mentor utilities, governments and financial institutions – to implement these partnerships.

In this showcase session, we will learn about the EU-WOP programme under preparation, and hear from the stakeholders it aims to involve.

This interactive session is meant for utilities, local governments, donors and others who’d like to find out more about getting involved in the upcoming programme.

This session is open to all participants and no fees are needed. Participants willing to attend to the open sessions do however need to register on-site for an open session registration pass. Counters to collect these open sessions registration passes can be found just beside the open showcase room.

For more information about the programme of the session, visit the website

Stockholm World Water Week

The Stockholm World Water Week, convened by SIWI, is the annual focal point for global water issues. The event will host, from Sunday 25 to Friday 30 August, more than 260 sessions convened by over 400 organizations.

This year’s theme Water for society – Including all will be reflected in most sessions but all water-related topics are welcome at the week.

Leaders and experts from the world’s scientific, business, government and civic communities will convene in Stockholm to exchange views, experiences and shape joint solutions to global water challenges. Also taking place at the World Water Week are the prestigious award ceremonies, as well as popular social events and excursions.

Functioning as an open and dynamic platform, the World Water Week enables participants to build capacity, form partnerships and review implementation, thereby advancing the world’s water, environment, health, livelihood and poverty reduction agendas.

The programme consists of seminars, workshops, plenaries, live-interviews and much more. For further information, please visit the website


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