Margaret Cately-Carlson, Member of the United Nations' Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation, launches the Global Water Operators Partnership Alliance website at World Water Week. Copyright is UN-HABITAT Taiko Yokota
The website was launched by Ms. Margaret Cately-Carlson, a Member of the United Nations Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation on the opening day of the 20th annual World Water Week in Stockholm.
Lead by UN-HABITAT, the Water Operators Partnership initiative is based on the idea that increased access to shared skills and knowledge will enable water and sanitation service providers to overcome the obstacles to meeting the Millennium Development Goals targets for clean water provision.
What is also important about the Alliance website is that it hosts the Geo Referenced Utility Benchmarking System, or GRUBS, launched earlier this year. A process for measuring and comparing water operators' performance, it is hoped that the system will provide a platform for sharing best practices in the industry and also serve as a match-making tool, allowing weak service operators to identify mentors in their area and linking employees with potential employers.
World Water Week, which is this year celebrating its 20th anniversary, is expected to attract 2,500 participants from 135 countries.