“My expectation, and desire, was to serve out my 3-year term as GWP’s Chair until July 2019. However, I have a career opportunity to join the Green Climate Fund as their Director of External Affairs. Because of the full-time nature of the job, I will no longer be able to perform my duties as the GWP Chair,” said Sanjaasuren.
The GWP Steering Committee acknowledged Sanjaasuren’s two years of successfully strengthening GWP’s international standing, raising the participation and profile of GWP in global political processes, while also guiding the organisation towards more focus and effective delivery.
The Steering Committee appointed one of its members, Ross Hamilton, as interim Chair until a new Chair is selected by GWP’s Sponsoring Partners. 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.
In addition, one of GWP’s Patrons (and a former GWP Chair), Letitia Obeng, has agreed to take on a more active role to support GWP’s positioning at high level global fora as needed during the interim period.
Sanjaasuren said, “It is fortunate that GWP has a ‘deep bench’ of leaders, including the new Executive Secretary, Monika Weber-Fahr, who has the skills, creativity, and charisma that bodes well for GWP’s future. There is continuity at other levels in the GWP network, so I am convinced that as GWP completes its current strategy to the end of 2019, and launches a new one, it will do so with the competence and commitment for which it is known.”
“GWP’s large and diverse network models how development work should be done in a sustainable world. Given the pivotal role of water in sustainable development, I truly believe GWP’s multi-stakeholder partnership contributes in a major way to solving the complex water-related challenges facing the world today,” she said.
Photo: Oyun Sanjaasuren together with Monika Weber-Fahr at the Regional Days meeting in Budapest, Hungary, on 25 May 2018.