GWP’s annual ‘in action’ report
Message from the Chair
Welcome to GWP’s annual ‘in action’ report, which highlights the high-impact work of our regional and country teams during 2019. Having completed my first year as GWP Chair in January 2020, I have seen for myself the Network’s ability to mobilise a large and inclusive partnership and take action to improve the way water is managed. As we enter uncharted territory in 2020 with the COVID-19 crisis, we will have to discover new ways to reach out to stakeholders at all levels to continue our work in advancing water governance and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
I have hope for the future because of our youth partnerships. I met many young water professionals and entrepreneurs at the 2019 World Water Week in Stockholm, at a session featuring the Youth for Water and Climate platform. Young people have great ideas and should be given support to take action and implement their proposals. In recognition of the potential of youth to change the way water is managed, the GWP Steering Committee agreed at its December meeting to add a permanent seat for a youth member. A significant achievement for GWP in 2019, among many highlighted in this report, is its approval as an official Green Climate Fund delivery partner. This will enable our Network to help countries unlock much needed climate finance. Howard Bamsey I hope you find inspiration in the stories featured here. Each one illustrates the unique work we do as the multi-stakeholder platform that delivers on SDG 6 implementation through an integrated approach to water resources management, bringing about decisions that make a real difference.