GWP Network Meeting Adopts New Strategic Directions

GWP held its annual Network Meeting on 25-26 June 2019. Following last year’s success, the meeting was held in a Follow the Sun format – a 29-hour long, online meeting of back-to-back sessions with all GWP regions. A big topic was the new GWP Strategy 2020-2025, which is due to be launched shortly – the meeting adopted the network's new strategic directions.

The discussions were focused on how to make the new Strategy come alive and actionable – the issue is often between policy and action closing, said GWP Executive Secretary Monika Weber-Fahr as she closed the meeting. Every region had a good share of reach and comments, and good engagement.

"We found overall endorsement and a validation of our new Strategy and its anchor areas, as well as around the mobilisation of bringing in more youth, mobilising organisations that bring in more gender focused organisations, and organisations that address imbalances and attack exclusions, and thereby attack exclusions from water," said Weber-Fahr.

The new GWP Strategy – still in its final draft - puts focus on urgency. It says: We see great urgency to act. If the world remains off-track to deliver on its goal to bring sustainable water and sanitation to all, we will jeopardise the entire 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Poverty and inequality will grow, and our planet will not be able to sustain us. Instead, to successfully pursue and achieve sustainable development, we need a water lens on all we do.

The GWP Network Meeting 2019 is available to see, recorded, on GWP’s Facebook page. On GWP's Flickr you can see a visual account of the meeting (click image to access):