During this festive season, when we all look forward to seeing our loved ones and friends, I’d like to pause briefly and look back at the year that’s been. For WSSCC, it has been a year of tremendous excitement, growth and impact. This is good because it means that we, collectively, have improved our ability to meet our mission: to provide water and sanitation for all people.
In 2009 the WSSCC Secretariat moved its hosting from the World Health Organization (WHO) to the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS). We are tremendously grateful to WHO for hosting the Secretariat since 1990. At the same time, the move to UNOPS will help us be more efficient and effective in implementing our work plans related to knowledge management, advocacy, networking, the Global Sanitation Fund, and more. This also means the Secretariat can provide better support to its 3300 members, who are the organization’s greatest resources, since they are working in pursuit of our mission day after day, on the ground and around the world.
You’ve surely read in this year’s newsletters about the many results of our collective work on programmes, activities and publications, both globally and in the vitally important National WASH Coalitions. We are producing new knowledge on important topics like sanitation financing. We are supporting essential capacity building workshops together with our partner organizations. We have completed detailed and necessary preparations and are poised to disburse Global Sanitation Fund resources in several countries. We are increasingly engaged with the membership and collaborating with many organizations. The list goes on.
In 2010, we will increase the tempo of our activities, but more importantly, have greater impact as an organization. We have much to look forward to. And so, on behalf of your fellow members, the Steering Committee, and the Secretariat in Geneva, I wish you a happy holiday season and much success in 2010.
(The article below was originally published with support from WSSCC by the International Institute for Sustainable Development, here) Presented by Water Supply and Sanitation Collaboration Council (WSSCC), State of Qatar (Qatar Fund for Development), Global Citizen, and Education Cannot Wait, this side event focused on sanitation as a key determinant of health and education. Panelists shared examples […]
(The article below was originally published with support from WSSCC by the International Institute for Sustainable Development, here) This side event convened to launch and discuss the findings of a global review on the effectiveness of national accountability mechanisms on progress towards the water and sanitation targets of SDG 6. The report is available online […]
On July 11, 2018 Simavi and WSSCC hosted a panel discussion during the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, about “Putting Menstrual Health on the 2030 Agenda.” This event was the 5th of a live webinar series related to menstrual health management and was attended by over 100 in person and online participants. The event […]
Mr. Ali Abdulla Al Dabbagh, Deputy Director General for Planning at the Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD), and Mr. Rolf Luyendijk, Executive Director of the UN-hosted Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC), will speak to policy- and decision-makers in New York on Thursday, 12 July 2018, about the high returns that sanitation and hygiene […]