Webinar Series: Leave No One Behind in rural water supply | RWSN

RWSN has started with the first 2019 webinar series (on-line seminars) with a focus on “Leave No One behind” in rural water supply, running every Tuesday from April 16th, 2019 until June 04th, 2019, in English, French and/or Spanish.

Schedule and Topics:

  • 16 Apr “Leave no one behind” – What does it mean for rural water supply?
  • 23 Apr How to reach all: practical examples of supported Self-supply.
  • 30 Apr Water justice: recognising different needs and practices
  • 07 May Including water quality testing into routine monitoring
  • 14 May A conversation about borehole drilling by private enterprises
  • 21 May Planning and Financing for Universal Access
  • 28 May Communicating groundwater-climate behaviour with African farmers
  • 4 Jun Hands-on! How do we implement “Leave no one behind” in rural water supply?

Register HERE for the webinar series.

For more information click HERE.

Summerschool on Water Governance

The registration for the CAS on Water and Governance: Frameworks and Negotiation is now open.

The management of water resources faces environmental, climatic, political and economic challenges. In this changing environment, innovative policies should be designed to foster collaborations between States, the civil society and the private sector. To this end, practitioners and decision-makers need to develop new analytical skills.

The Institute for Environmental Sciences of the University of Geneva launches the third edition of the certifying Summer School in “Water Governance: Framework and Negotiations”. This two-weeks training is aimed to deliver skills and knowledge based on the latest scientific research that are applicable in professional contexts. Participants will learn how to use water governance tools to address complex political situations, be resilient when a crisis strikes, and innovate in the face of risk and uncertainty.

In addition to the on-site classes given at the Summer School, a MOOC in Water Management and Policy is offered to the participants on the Coursera platform. Completion of the MOOC (ideally prior the Summer School) and of a final thesis are required to obtain the Certificate of Advanced Studies.

SWP Annual Report and new Action Plan





2018 was an inspiring and successful year for the Swiss Water Partnership (SWP) filled with many highlights and high international exposure! The participation at the 8th World Water Forum and the World Water Week further strengthened the Swiss voice, while the publication of the youth strategy, the first learning event and the preparation of a pilot project on blended finance are concrete actions that have intensified cross-sector collaboration and learning, providing space for critical reflections and discussions. They show the dynamism and development of the platform.

On a global level, special attention was given to the SDG 6 on water and sanitation goal at the High-Level Political Forum in New York, where all SDGs are being reviewed annually. This resulted in the publication of the of the SDG 6 Synthesis Report 2018 on Water and Sanitation, which was produced by UN-Water to provide input to Member States on this goal and ensures the implementation of the Sustainability Development Goals.

It is widely recognized that massive financing is needed to close the financing gap to meet the SDG’s. The question is how to attract more private investments in the water sector knowing that many projects are hardly bankable and their access to market-based repayable finance is limited. Comforted by the interest of its members, the SWP developed a blended finance concept to diversify financing channels and create added value to its members. Innovative revenue mechanisms are at the centre of the concept that will be piloted in the coming years.

Partnering with key actors is crucial for the SWP to create impact. Besides relying on its members, the SWP continued to establish and foster collaboration with key stakeholders such as, Development Banks, World Bank and the World Water Council.

Thanks to all members for joining hands towards a water secure world – the diversity of the SWP members makes its strength and wealth!

Olga Darazs & Thomas Zeller | SWP Co-Chairs

Call for Water Experts

Experts in organizational development & asset management of water utilities and water tariffs setting

The Municipal Environmental and Economic Governance (MEG) Project supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation in Bosnia and Herzegovina is looking for a Swiss expert in the field of the organizational development and asset management of water utilities, as well as water tariffs setting, who could present Swiss experiences and best practices in this field at the MEG project conference in September 2019 in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

For any further information and submission of CV, please contact: srecko.bajic@eda.admin.ch

Check out the new SWP Youth Strategy

SWP Youth Strategy

First, we have to acknowledge the facts that 40% of the people on earth are below 25 and more than 55% are younger than 35. These figures alone imply to engage these young people in society issues such as sustainable development, especially transversal impacting issues such as water.

Second, we face a moral dilemma: these young people will severely be affected by water scarcity, water pollution and water conflicts and will bear the consequences of current unsustainable water usages. It is our duty ethically to do our best to change the situation and to engage young people now in finding solutions for their future.

Last but not least, young people nowadays are deeply concerned with the environment and the negative or positive impact they can have on other human beings and on earth. They are proactive; they are disruptive; they have innovative ideas and want to test them in practice; they want to be heard and they want to transform society. We benefit from them as agents of change: we would be fool not to take advantage of their dedication and energy for leveraged impact.

For all these reasons, the SWP is determined to support youth engagement in the water sector: enhancing them to choose the water sector for their professional careers and removing obstacles especially at the beginning when they enter the sector. The network is also committed to allow more young voices in decision arena such as the SWP steering board.

This strategy is the first step to support this long-standing commitment and the SWP board will carefully monitor its results.

Olga Darazs, Chair of the Swiss Water Partnership

Read the full SWP Youth Strategy here.

Brand New WWF Water Risk Filter

The upgraded Water Risk Filter 5.0 empowers users to explore, assess, and now respond to water risks!

With the new Respond section, the Water Risk Filter will dynamically link your risk assessment results to provide a customized set of recommended response actions. Whether you want recommendations for 1 site, 10 sites or 1000 sites, the Respond section can offer tailored response actions at just the click of a button.

Given all the diverse physical, regulatory and reputational water risks facing businesses around the world, WWF developed over 150 different response actions. The Water Risk Filter offers up to 50 actions available online. For a comprehensive and tailored set of recommendations, contact WWF Water Risk Filter team to receive a complete range of actions along with expert guidance to better address your water risks.

All 150 actions are aligned to leading water stewardship frameworks, such as the CEO Water Mandate Water Stewardship Toolbox, Alliance for Water Stewardship Standard, CDP Water Security Questionnaire, Ceres Aqua Gauge, UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Already a trusted online tool for corporate water risk assessment, the upgraded Water Risk Filter will guide users along their water stewardship journey from assessment to response to water risks.

Contact WWF Water Risk Filter team, waterriskfilter@wwf.de, to receive tailored and expert support with your water risk assessment and recommendations to address your water risks.

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Summary | 1st World Summit on Leave No One Behind

“On the question of water, it’s not just a matter of missed economic opportunities, of entrenched social injustice and poverty; on the question of water, it’s quite simply a matter of life and death”, Michael Moller

The 1st World Summit on Leaving No One Behind was launched in appropriate style with opening speeches from Michael Moller (Director General of the United Nations) and Francis Gurry (Secretary General of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO)) on Thursday 7th February. Gurry highlighted the need to build on existing low cost and tested technologies and introduced the role that WIPO can play in making these available.

Kate Gilmore, Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights

Kate Gilmore (Deputy High Commissioner of the Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights) closed the final session on the Friday, with her reflections on the fundamental dignity related to water and sanitation and the link to goal 6 and the

“need to inject urgency and justice into a more inclusive process to realise human rights to water and sanitation”, Kate Gilmore

The calibre of the speakers reflects the importance of the subject, the need to find solutions for the very poor, the marginalised, and the people left behind. In order to realise the Sustainable Development Goals Agenda 2030 on water there needs to be a more concerted effort by everyone to achieve these goals stated Director General of WaterLex, Amanda Loeffen. This Summit is the first event of 2019 on the topic of Leaving No One Behind, and the start of the UN-Water Campaign:

“whoever you are, wherever you are, water is your human right”. 

Andrew Harper, United Nations High Commission for Refugees, highlighted that inequalities in drinking-water quality and quantity can be a common consequence for displaced people, and undermine the human right principle of non-discrimination.

The format of the Summit is rather different from the usual conference, with a competition to find the most innovative solutions for water and sanitation, that will solve problems for people in marginalised communities.  The Summit Scientific Committee, lead by Michel Jarraud (emeritus head of WMO), based its choices on criteria linked to the human rights to water and sanitation, including a human rights-based approach. The finalists had to demonstrate that the projects could be accessible to local communities, affordable and suitable for scaling up, through replication and policy reform.

The Innovation Award was selected by the judges on day one from the six finalist Flagship Projects, those which had been pilot tested, and which showed the best chance of success. The winner in this category was Shervin Hashemi, a postdoctoral researcher from Seoul National University, with a nature-based solution for sanitation waste re-use as fertiliser. The project will be tested in rural Vietnam, using bio seeds as a source of locally-based biological treatment.

On day two, three prizes were awarded from fourteen finalist Exploration Projects for human rights-based approaches, such as community-managed rainwater harvesting, community-driven solutions in partnership with local government, and sanitation solutions for disabled children.  Congratulations go to Deepthi Wickramsinghe (Sri Lanka), Eva Manzano (Colombia), Ramisetty Murali and Mekala Snehalatha (India).

All award-winning projects and finalists will be showcased during the UN-Water campaign this year, with the goal of sharing the innovations more widely and encouraging more interest in solutions for the people that are being left behind.

As explained by WMO hydrologist Dominque Berod, the next World Summit will be ‘le deuxième’, not ‘le second’, which in French suggests that there will be more than one more Summit to follow. Next year, the UN-Water theme will be on Climate Change, and the planning has already begun for a 2nd World Summit on Leaving No One Behind, in the context of climate change.

For further pictures and articles visit the website: https://www.waterlex.org/news-events/


World Water Day | HEKS Event in Bern & Zürich


– Worum es geht –

Gemäss den Vereinten Nationen haben über 800 Mio. Menschen oder drei von zehn Personen keinen elementaren Zugang zu sauberem Wasser. Weit mehr Personen fehlt der Zugang zu Sanitäranlagen. Besonders stark betroffen sind Flüchtlinge, Frauen und Kinder, Indigene und andere marginale Gruppen. Diese besonders verletzlichen Personen stehen im Fokus des diesjährigen Weltwassertags.

An der Veranstaltung zum Weltwassertag wird der bekannte Journalist und Korrespondent Andreas Zumach die globalen Herausforderungen rund um den Zugang zu Wasser und Sanitäranlagen aufzeigen. Zudem erklärt Karl Heuberger von HEKS, wie die NGO diese Herausforderungen konkret angeht. Nebst der globalen Perspektive wird an der Veranstaltung auch aufgezeigt, welche aktuellen und neue Herausforderungen in der Siedlungshygiene in der Schweiz bestehen. Beat Ammann, Direktor der ARA der Region Bern, wird dazu die lokale Siedlungshygiene vorstellen.


  • Andreas Zumach, Journalist am UNO-Sitz in Genf und Korrespondent für verschiedene Zeitungen, Radio- und Fernsehanstalten in Deutschland, der Schweiz, Österreich und den USA
  • Karl Heuberger, langjähriger Programmbeauftrager sowie Themenbeauftragter Wasser von HEKS
  • Beat Ammann, Direktor der ARA der Region Bern
  • Heinz Bichsel, Bereichsleiter OeME-Migration der Reformierten Kirchen Bern-Jura-Solothurn
  • Moderation: Lisa Krebs, Bereich OeME-Migration, refbejuso

Kosten: Die Veranstaltung ist kostenlos.

Anmeldung: Eine Anmeldung ist erwünscht unter www.bluecommunity.ch/weltwassertag.

Mehr Informationen: Flyer HEKS Event in BE, Weltwassertag 2019.


More information: Flyer World Water Day 2019 – Access to Water | HEKS ZH