This year (2016) marks twenty (20) years since the GWP was established to promote Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) as a means of sustainable water management. In light of this, GWP-C along with the other twelve (12) Regional Water Partnerships (RWPs) of the GWP have launched a year-long #GWP20 campaign to celebrate the global Network’s 20 years of water action.
GWP’s 20th anniversary comes at a time when the global development agenda is at a turning point. In light of the recently adopted 2030 Agenda in 2015, the #GWP20 Video has been released to show GWP’s response to the world’s water challenges: partnership and cross-sector collaboration are key.
The video which you can WATCH HERE is only one aspect of the campaign. The 2-minute video which has been produced explaining – without words – the challenges of the world’s water crises and GWP’s answer: join our network so that all stakeholders can work in partnership to secure water for sustainable development.
Since its inception in 1996, GWP has advocated for water resources to be a high priority on the development agenda because water is connected to virtually every area of human life: health, economic growth, energy, food, transport, education, ecosystems, even peace. Now water resources has its place in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development with a Sustainable Development Goal (SDG #6), and GWP is committed to strengthening its role as one of the big stakeholders for implementation at country level. GWP has spelled out its ambitions in “GWP: A Key Global Asset.”
“This is where GWP can come in: to act as a bridge between the many sectors, banking on the credibility we have achieved over the first 20 years through our role in bringing Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) to the water agenda.”
To explain GWP’s role, the video is launched today (March 15th, 2016) on the heels of World Water Day (WWD) when much of the world’s attention is focused on water issues. GWP’s invitation to all stakeholders is to join the GWP network – which already has over 3,000 institutional partners worldwide – so that everyone can work in partnership to secure water for sustainable development.