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Task Force on Capacity Development of Water operators

Water operators provide approximately 90% of water and sanitation services worldwide. They play an essential role in the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals and the realization of the Human Right to Water and Sanitation. It is therefore crucial to support utilities' capacity to improve the quality and the efficiency of their services.

Within the UN-Water family, there are a wealth of open-source products and resources – publications, toolkits, experiences, training courses, knowledge – that deserve to be put more directly at the disposition of operators. This would strengthen water operators' capacities, especially in poor countries and in regions with a lack of systematic exchange of know-how and expertise.

To this end, a Task Force has been proposed by the UN-Water Special Programme, the Global Water Operators' Partnerships Alliance (GWOPA) of UN-HABITAT. The Task Force will not create something new as much as it will consolidate and capitalize upon UN-Water Members and Partners work by providing a one-stop-shop for water utilities. In this sense, it will build upon the progress of all UN-Water members in developing resources and activities that serve this common purpose.

The Task Force's work is a direct contribution to the water and sanitation targets of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the UNGA Resolution 64/292 on the Human Right to Water and Sanitation, as well as the UN International Year on Water Cooperation 2013.


Coordination Organization and Contacts

Faraj El-Awar
Programme Manager
Global Water Operators'Partnerships Alliance (GWOPA)


United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) - United Nations Development Programme Capacity Building for Sustainable Water resources Management (UNDP Cap-Net) - UN-Water Decade Programme on Capacity Development (UNW-DPC) - UN-Water Decade Programme on Advocacy and Communication (UNW-DPAC) - United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) - United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) - United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) - United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) - United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) - The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UNESCWA).

Other Participants:

International Water Association (IWA), AquaFed

Last update:07 Oct 2014