Highlights from the 2013 WSSCC National Coordinators meeting


16 newly appointed WSSCC National Coordinators (NCs) -- volunteer in-country leaders -- came together in Geneva, Switzerland, from 12 to 14 March for the annual National Coordinators meeting.

While all of the National Coordinators are are senior experts in the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector, many of the NCs present were new to their role with WSSCC. The meeting was focused around three objectives: Understanding national challenges and WSSCC strategies, strategic planning for advancing long-term national agendas and sharing and learning.

The dynamic meeting covered many aspects of the work of WSSCC in country and gave the National Coordinators an opportunity to discuss challenges and successes within the sector, including some candid discussion about the way forward.

“We need to work to pull together alliances, maybe look to make it less chaotic. There are too many players and we are talking to the same people about the same things,” said Doreen Wandera, the NC from Uganda.

Over the course of three days, National Coordinators worked with WSSCC Secretariat and UNOPS staff to find innovative solutions and potential partnerships.

As part of the programme, NCs and WSSCC staff also participated in a high-level meeting in the UN Palais entitled “Water for All: The Human Right to Water,” hosted by the Government of the Netherlands with HRH the Prince of Orange and  the OHCHR Special Rapporteur on the Right to Water and Sanitation, Caterina de Albuquerque as keynote speakers.