29 Mar, 2019
A message by Neil Dhot – SWA Private Sector Constituency Chairman
This is one of the pre-meeting messages from the SWA, and this is exactly what the Partnership’s Private Sector Constituency is going to do in Costa Rica.
With a delegation of 11 representatives, we are the largest group of private sector organisations ever seen at an SWA ministers’ meeting. We have tabled our commitments, and we are ready to be accountable for their impact and success.
A huge momentum has been building in our group since we started preparing for the SMM and we will arrive in Costa Rica ready as an equal and valued SWA partner.
But what is the status quo and how will we disrupt it?
For us, status quo is the sector’s problems, and the often-accompanied open declarations prefaced with the phrase ‘we must’!
That must stop now.
The Sector Ministers’ Meeting has two key features that gives us confidence we can disrupt the status quo this time around; two things that make the SMM different from anything else we have seen in the sector.
First, the commitments process.
The commitments mean there is no hiding place for anyone. We all either pass or fail. For us, the distinction is that clear and we cannot fail.
To ensure we won’t, our group is tabling over 15 commitments, both at global and national levels. For example:
And the list continues.
Second, the SWA’s convening power.
The SWA is convening Ministers and representatives from over 60 countries – this is awesome. We are very proud to join these distinguished delegates and efforts. The Ministers are the enablers of the disruption that’s needed. The SWA Partners are here to make it happen.
Last year’s UN High Level Political Forum  strongly endorsed the role of the private sector as a leading enabler, acknowledging our ability to drive change, and urging countries to work with us. To that end, my group is bringing unrivalled diversity to the Ministers’ Meeting:
We also bring unrivalled expertise that helps drive transformational change in achieving the SDGs:
All this under the recognition that Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) are fundamental Human Rights are driven by our commitment to deliver and protect those rights.
We can’t wait to get to Costa Rica to meet you, to deliver our commitments, and to take action – with You.