Holiday message from WSSCC Chair Roberto Lenton

Date: 9th November 2010

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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.

Roberto Lenton

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