event 22 mai 2023 time 09:00 25 mai 2023 time 17:15 (CEST) location Bonn, Germany

Event // 5th Global WOPs Congress: Resilience in challenging times

Every two years, a global conference is held to bring together the global water and sanitation utility community to mobilize collaboration between water and sanitation service providers. The new edition will take place from 22 to 25 May 2023, at the World Conference Centre in Bonn, Germany.


About the Global Water Operator's Partnerships Alliance (GWOPA)

Having access to water and sanitation services is a basic feature of a healthy and fulfilling life. Most people on the planet take these services for granted, but for hundreds of millions of people, they are inadequate or absent. The Global Water Operators’ Partnerships Alliance (GWOPA) is an international network created in 2009 to support water operators through Water Operator’s Partnerships (WOPs). WOPs are peer-support partnerships between water and sanitation service providers. WOPs work by harnessing the skills, knowledge and goodwill within a strong utility to build the capacity and improve the performance of another utility that needs assistance or guidance.

5th Global WOPs Congress

Reliable water and sanitation services are critical in difficult times, yet conflict, rapid population growth, climate change, ecosystem degradation, and an enduring pandemic are complicating the work of operators. The congress provides a platform to water, and sanitation practitioners to discuss  the best  collaboration methods to navigate these challenges.

This biannual global gathering will welcome a wide range of stakeholders such as public water and sanitation utilities of all shapes and sizes; community, cooperative and private water sanitation operators; national and international water and sanitation associations; non-governmental and civil society organisations; municipal and national governments, including their development cooperation agencies and regulators; financial institutions; workers and trade unions and United Nations organisations. The Congress is a moment for the GWOPA network and new partners to come together around a shared commitment to helping each other.

Date and Location

Date: 22-25th May, 2023.

Location: World Conference Centre in Bonn (Germany).

Preliminary Programme

The WOPs Congress has been designed in close consultation with a Congress Taskforce (public operators, WOPs facilitators, donors and civil society organisations) to ensure it shines a light on real actions, impact, and opportunity to increase progress on Sustainable Development Goal 6. Hence, the agenda features a wide range of engaging sessions and valuable networking opportunities. Please find the preliminary programme here.

Further Information and Registration

Please find more information about the event here. Kindly register for the event here.

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