Governance Meetings Pave Way for GWP Future

GWP held its annual Regional Days meeting on 23-25 May in Budapest, Hungary. This was followed by meetings of the GWP Steering Committee, Financing Partners Group, and Sponsoring Partners in Stockholm, Sweden on 11-14 June. All meetings were focused on launching the process for developing GWP’s new strategy.

The Regional Days had two full days of discussions aimed at establishing strong ownership of the next GWP strategy, as well as ensuring that the strategic reflection is anchored in a deep understanding of GWP’s identity and the external environment.

80 GWP staff from all over the world exchanged views on key trends in the broader institutional architecture for development, and reflected on the aspirations and values GWP wants to create. Work groups also analysed what it would take for GWP to turn the aspirations into reality.

At the end of the Regional Days, GWP staff were invited to celebrate youth’s invaluable contribution to a water secure world, through the Hungarian national final of the Stockholm Junior Water Prize, organised by GWP Hungary.

GWP and the global mega trends

The meetings of the GWP Steering Committee, Financing Partners Group and Sponsoring Partners in Stockholm followed a similar agenda, meeting under the theme “Accelerating Action on Water Resources Management”. The outcomes included strong ownership by GWP governance entities of the new GWP strategy process as well as a clear view of GWP’s relevance to the global development agenda.

The meetings concluded with the hand-over from Oyun Sanjaasuren who left her position as Chair, to interim Chair Ross Hamilton. Hamilton has nearly 20 years of experience in sustainability and environmental fields across the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors. He is a Senior Advisor on water issues to both the UN Global Compact CEO Water Mandate and to the Pacific Institute, and is a Senior Climate Advisor to the International Finance Corporation. He is also a member of the GWP Steering Committee.

Photo: GWP Executive Secretary Monika Weber-Fahr, GWP outgoing Chair Oyun Sanjaasuren, GWP Interim Chair Ross Hamilton and GWP Technical Committee Chair Jerome Delli-Priscoli.