National Coordinators and Regional Reps meet in Geneva

Date: 9th November 2010

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In what has re-established itself as an important annual review and planning gathering, the WSSCC Meeting of National Coordinators (NCs) and Regional Representatives (RRs) took place 5-9 May in Geneva.

After a two-year hiatus, the 2007 meeting marked the return of an event that enables National Coordinators to present their WASH activities, learn from colleagues and provide feedback and guidance to the Secretariat. The May meeting built upon the previous year’s success and featured a wide-ranging agenda in 13 sessions for the 37 country representatives.

As in 2007, sessions which went to the traditional heart of WSSCC’s work — reports on national and regional progress reports, discussions on sanitation behaviour change, updates on thematic networking and knowledge management, and an inspiring and idea-filled “WASH Café” — proved both popular and informative.

Also discussed were some activities which have developed further since last year. These included the new WASH Coalition Building Guidelines (suggested by NCs in 2007), the newly-launched Global Sanitation Fund, and the Steering Committee decision to merge the roles of Elected Regional Steering Committee Members and Regional Representatives. A WHO presentation on the Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) and the Global Annual Assessment Report of the Water and Sanitation Sector (GLAAS) was also appreciated.

During the meeting, special recognition was given to Mr. Edgar Quiroga from Colombia, who is stepping down as an NC after many years of service, and Dr. Khin Lwin, from Myanmar, who overcame much difficulty to make it to Geneva because of the typhoon which struck his country just days before.

The meeting report is accessible at www.wsscc.org.

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