Message from the Chair The year 2015 has been a challenging and inspiring one for the Global Water Partnership family. It has been a year of transition and transformation in which our partners in an increasingly globalized and changing world have had even greater voice. Together with our diverse Network of Partners, we have begun to implement Dr Ursula Schaefer-Preuss the GWP Strategy Towards 2020 – A Water Secure World. Achieving water security requires fundamental changes in values, beliefs, perceptions, and political positions, not only among water management institutions, but also among all stakeholders. Such changes are slowly taking place. The GWP family has worked hard to become actively involved at the global level and on the ground by helping to catalyse change in policies and practice, generating and communicating knowledge, and strengthening partnerships; with these activities implementing GWP’s three strategic goals for 2014–2019. We know there is still a long way to go before we realise our vision of a water secure world and accomplish our mission – to advance governance and management of water resources for sustainable and equitable development. The adoption of three ground-breaking global agreements in 2015 – the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including a dedicated water goal; the Adoption of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change; and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction – sets the scene to put water absolutely at the centre of future efforts for equitable and sustainable human development. GWP now has a unique chance to place itself at the service of the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development agreed on by the world community, drawing on 20 years of know-how to support regions and countries in implementing the water-related development goals. There are many entry points for activities to contribute to this ambition and we will implement concrete actions focusing on interventions where GWP can add value. It has been an honour and a privilege to provide strategic guidance to the GWP family during my three–year tenure as GWP Chair. The Strategy 2020, the Gender and Youth
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Strategies, stronger South–South cooperation among partners, greater visibility at the global level, and a more active Network of Partners reflecting on-going governance reforms – these bear witness to our joint collaborative efforts under my chairmanship as we travel towards a water secure world. I urge you to maintain momentum and to use the current favourable winds to push ever forward on this fascinating journey.
Overview from the Executive Secretary In a year when the issues of migration, climate change, and inequality continued to hit the headlines, it was uplifting to see the global community recognise water as central to sustainable and inclusive growth in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Starting in 2016, this Agenda coincides with Rudolph Cleveringa GWP’s 20th Anniversary. This alignment will provide additional opportunities to support countries as they implement the water-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). GWP's new SDG Preparedness Facility (see page 21) builds on our 20 years of experience. With a successful track record in convening multiple stakeholders to solve water problems with an integrated approach – for which there is now political support – GWP is well positioned to play a leadership role as a multi-stakeholder partnership in the emerging international water architecture. Our intervention logic has paid off – and continues to reap dividends. As you read the stories in this report, you will see how GWP engages in country-level agendasetting, influencing policy change that leads to investment in climate-resilient water security, and demonstrating best practice through scalable projects. Long-term interactions with regional economic commissions and international finance institutions underpin the importance of addressing transboundary dimensions. Communicating knowledge is another route to catalysing change, for example through the new Integrated Drought Management Programme in Central and Eastern Europe.
The 2015 Annual Report of Global Water Partnership (GWP)