On 1 December, the World Water Council announced its new Board of Governors, which will oversee and guide the Council’s work for the coming three years. The elections took place during the triennial General Assembly on 30 November and 1 December for which upwards of 250 participants from 35 countries gathered in Marseille, France.
On the second day of the General Assembly, the newly-appointed Governors unanimously elected Loïc Fauchon to serve as President of the World Water Council for the next mandate.
Loïc Fauchon then named Asma El Kasmi, of the Office National de l'Electricité et de l'Eau Potable - Branche Eau (ONEE) as Vice President, along with Ahmet Saatçi, of the Turkish Water Institute (SUEN), Rui Godinho, of the Portuguese Association of Water and Wastewater Services Portuguese Association of Water and Wastewater Services (APDA), and Qiuchi Shi, of the International Economic & Technical Cooperation and Exchange Center (INTCE) as members of the Bureau.
The new President thanked the members for electing him and congratulated the previous Board and its President, Benedito Braga, for the important advances made on water security during his time in office.
In the coming years, the new Board will oversee the implementation of the Council’s triennial strategy, building further on the work achieved over the previous three years. The new strategy emphasizes water security, sustainability and resilience, while seeking ways to strengthen relationships between Council members. The Board will also support the Council’s preparation of the 9th edition of the World Water Forum to be held in Senegal in 2021.
World Water Council elects new Board and new President for 2019-2021
Today, World Toilet Day, is about inspiring action to tackle the global sanitation crisis. Around the world 4.5 billion people live without a safe toilet, and 892 million practice open defecation. The consequences of exposure to human feces on this scale are devastating for public health, living and working conditions, nutrition, education and economic productivity across the world. Basic sanitation is widely recognized to have positive impacts on health and the economy, so why don’t cities do more to improve their sanitation systems?
Building safe sanitation systems and restoring and maintaining existing ones is expensive, and the necessary investments can be unsustainable especially for developing countries. This is one of the reasons why the issue often falls low on political priorities. If we want to achieve change and live in resilient, sustainable cities with toilets for everyone, we have to try different approaches. It’s necessary to switch from the traditional models that have dominated the world of sanitation management since the 19th century to new and more adapted solutions. By rethinking sanitation, we can also improve the governance conditions and the performance of the service providers and attract new money into the sector for the benefit of everyone.
Identifying innovative financial mechanisms to accelerate sanitation services is something the World Water Council has been working on for the past three years. In March, the Council released its breakthrough report “Increasing Financial Flows for Urban Sanitation” and a set of policy recommendations addressed to local authorities and decision makers at all levels to support them in tackling the sanitation crisis. To celebrate World Toilet Day, the Council is releasing the Spanish, French and Portuguese versions.
Be bold and embrace innovation! Download the reports here.