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WSP Shares WSS Lessons During World Water Week

This year’s World Water Week held in Stockholm was the busiest yet with over 2,000 visitors from over 140 countries. WSP would like to thank all of our partners, co-conveners and those who attended our events for sharing their opinions and ideas to improve the provision of Water and Sanitation Services to the poor. None of our events would have been the same without your participation.

For a complete listing of all World Water Week events, please visit www.worldwaterweek.org.

For more information on WSP's involvement in World Water Week, including presentations from the sessions, please see the schedule below.
 
Monday 18 August
Conveners: Department for International Development, UK (DFID)and Water and Sanitation Program (WSP)
WSP is undertaking a global program, supported by DFID, to develop the role of the private sector in water and sanitation services. The program focuses on finding ways to engage small and medium-size private service providers. This session will provide an update on the initiative and showcase innovative examples of domestic private sector engagement.
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Tuesday 19 August 
Convener: Asian Development Bank (ADB) Co-Conveners: Asia-Pacific Water Forum (APWF), Central Asia and South Caucasus Water Utilities Association (CASCWUA), Global Water Partnership (GWP), International Water Association (IWA), International Water Management Institute (IWMI), Japan Water Forum (JWF), Network of Asian River Basin Organizations (NARBO), South Asia Water Utilities Network (SAWUN), Southeast Asia Water Utilities Network (SEAWUN), Streams of Knowledge (STREAMS), UN-Habitat, Water and Sanitation Program (WSP), World Toilet Organization (WTO)
Asia faces serious challenges to ensure the availability of water for its growing needs, while climate change is expected to reduce crop yields in the region by 2.5–10 percent by 2020, putting 132 million people at risk of extreme hunger by 2050. Asia Day will provide a platform for a discussion on the latest developments in water supply and sanitation, irrigation, basin management and the impacts of climate change and possible adaptation strategies for the East and South Asia regions.
 
Getting Water Supply and Sanitation to All: 09:00-12:00, Room K1
The session will focus on advances and challenges facing water supply and sanitation in urban Asia where the population is predicted to grow by 70 percent to 2.6 billion people in the next 25 years.
Presentations:
 
How Is Asia Adapting to Climate Change: 12:30-13:20, Room K1
During the lunch session, a presentation on climate change impacts and adaptation in Asia will set the scene for dialogue on these critical issues.
 
Securing a Water Future for All: 13:30-17:00, Room K1
The session will focus on two themes – Rural Water Supply and Irrigation and Managing Asia’s Rivers. These themes will be explored with presentations of the key findings of the Comprehensive Assessment of Water Management in Agriculture for Asia, the experience of Bangladesh on rural water supply, examples showcasing integrated water resources management in the rivers of Asia as a means to achieve a secure water future, and a panel discussion of issues and opportunities.
Asia’s Rapid Economic Growth and Its Impact on Water Resources and Services: 17:15-19:00. Room K1
The evening session will feature a telecast debate and panel discussion among leaders from the region and beyond on key messages from Asia Day and on the future of water.
 
Conveners: UN-Water Taskforce on Sanitation (United Nations Children's Fund, UNICEF, World Health Organization, WHO, Water and Sanitation Program, WSP, Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council, WSSCC) and United Nations Secretary-General’s Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation, UNSGAB
A highlight of the International Year of Sanitation is a series of high profile, regional meetings (Afrikaans, EASAN, LATINOSAN and SACOSAN) focusing specifically on sanitation and hygiene. These meetings create a forum for knowledge exchange and encourage political commitment in the development of sustainable sanitation and hygiene programs. This flagship session brings to a global audience the political outcomes and follow-up actions from these four regional meetings.
Presentation: Jae So, WSP Manager, Wambui Gichuri, Regional Team Leader, Water and Sanitation Program – Africa, Francois Brikke, Regional Team Leader, Water and Sanitation Program – Latin America and the Caribbean, Ramesh Mukallah, Water and Sanitation Program – South Asia, Almud Weitz, Regional Team Leader, Water and Sanitation Program – East Asia and the Pacific.
 
Conveners: Agence Française de Développement (AFD), Building Partnerships for Development in Water and Sanitation (BPD), German Agency for Technical Cooperation (GTZ), and Water and Sanitation Program (WSP) 
The poor are typically at the back of the queue for water and sanitation. Can regulation change this?  Wide experience shows that regulation (by agencies or by contract) can play a decisive and proactive role in getting water services to poor urban households. This interactive session will encourage lively debate of steps that can be taken to better serve the poor and address the challenges faced.
Speakers: Ramon Alikpala, National Water Resources Board (NWRB); Jaehyang So, Water and Sanitation Program (WSP)
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Wednesday 20 August
Conveners: UNEP Finance Initiative (UNEP-FI) and Water & Sanitation Program (WSP)
This event convenes water service providers with water financiers to discuss progress in accessing market-based finance. The session will share experiences from Africa, Asia and Latin America on a range of water transactions engaging private finance. It will present experience of service providers and financiers in developing better market information, reducing transaction costs, lowering barriers and ultimately leveraging market-based finance for sustainable water solutions.
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Thursday 21 August
Conveners: Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany (BMZ), Department for International Development, United Kingdom (DFID), WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP), United Nations Secretary General's Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation (UNSGAB), United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), UN-Water, Water and Sanitation Program (WSP), Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI)
 
Monitoring drinking water supply and sanitation is essential for good planning and optimal development of the sector. Whether applied at global or country levels, current definitions, indicators and reporting systems reflect a partial picture. More detailed data and analysis are needed. This seminar has a dual purpose. It will focus on global, regional and national monitoring systems to identify areas where improvements can be made prior to 2015 on the basis of existing definitions, indicators and reporting systems. It will also consider options for a new generation of indicators capable of more sensitive monitoring beyond 2015 at all levels.
 
 
Convener: Achieving the Millennium Development Goals by increasing access to safe water and basic sanitation services requires expanded local financial flows from both the public and private sectors. Under the aegis of the Blue Revolution Initiative, a flagship effort by the U.S. Agency for International Development, a panel of senior government officials and practitioners from Egypt, Kenya, the Philippines, India, Mexico, and the United States will speak from first-hand experience about some of the most exciting and successful approaches in innovative water financing today.
The Honorable Jacqueline E. Schafer, USAID’s Assistant Administrator for Economic Growth, Agriculture and Trade will chair the session. Ms. Schafer brings a life-long professional dedication to the water sector having helped to draft the original U.S. Clean Water Act while working in the U.S. Senate. John Wilson, USAID’s Senior Environment Officer for both the Near East and Asia Bureaus, will discuss the goals of the Agency’s innovative Blue Revolution Initiative. Brad Johnson, a leading U.S. practitioner in the areas of water and energy finance will provide a framework of recent global developments and later act as discussant. A distinguished panel composed of practitioners from Egypt, Kenya, India, the Philippines, and Mexico will discuss recent best practices. The program concludes with a question and answer period.