Global Water Partnership

Global Water Partnership (GWP) was established in 1996 on the initiative of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the World Bank and the Government of Sweden. The GWP secretariat was organized by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) in Stockholm. A Technical Advisory Committee was established to coordinate the activities of a global network of government agencies, international organizations, banks, research institutes, non-governmental organizations and other entities interested in a more effective water management on our globe. Currently, GWP is a global network consisting of over 3,000 Partner organizations in 183 countries gathered in 86 National and 13 Regional Committees.

Partnership for Central and Eastern Europe

Taking into account the specificity of water resources management in the conditions of a deep socio-economic transformation, in November 1998, at the meeting of the GWP Technical Advisory Committee in Warsaw, a decision was made to establish a regional partnership for Central and Eastern Europe (GWP CEE). In the first period of its existence, GWP CEE focused on preparations to present the region's water issues at the World Water Congresses. During the III Congress, held in 2003 in Kyoto, Japan, the speeches of GWP CEE representatives were devoted above all to preparations for the implementation of the EU Water Framework Directive in the countries of the region. The partnership currently includes 12 countries, namely: Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Hungary, Ukraine and Moldova. The regional committee is devoted to problems of water management in international catchments (eg Danube, Odra). In connection with the membership of ten GCC CEE countries in the European Union, the exchange of experience in the field of adaptation to EU directives is of particular importance. Since 2003, the GWP CEE secretariat is located at the Slovak Hydrometeorological Institute in Bratislava.

Polish Committee of the Global Water Partnership

Polish members of the partnership actively participated in preparations for the World Water Congress in Hague in 2000, and in the same year, they decided to set up an association called the Polish Committee for Global Water Partnership (PKGWP). The association was officially registered in February 2001. Currently, it has about 110 members.

Recommended reading:

What is GWP?
Making Water Knowledge Work

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Global Water Partnership
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GWP Estonia
GWP Lithuania
GWP Romania
GWP Hungary