About the SWA Global partnership
SWA is a global platform for achieving the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal 6 - Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
Why We Exist
SWA is a multi-stakeholder partnership of governments and their partners from civil society, the private sector, UN agencies, research and learning institutions and the philanthropic community. Partners share the belief that government-led, collaborative and multi-stakeholder decision-making leads to more effective and sustainable solutions.
Together, our partners stimulate high-level political dialogue (at both the country, regional and global levels) and coordinate and monitor progress toward the sanitation, water and hygiene-related targets of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
More specifically, SWA’s work focuses on encouraging and motivating partners to increase political prioritization of water, sanitation and hygiene; ensure adequate financing; and build better governance structures and institutions to achieve SDG6 by the year 2030.
SWA acts as a catalyst for change, highlighting the importance of human rights, gender equality, integrity, transparency and mutual accountability in all its work with partners.
The SWA partnership is led by a Steering Committee, supported by a Secretariat, headed by Catarina de Albuquerque, SWA‘s Chief Executive Officer (CEO). The Global Leadership Council, a group of high-level SDG 6 champions, is headed by the Honourable Kevin Rudd, titled the High-level Chair.
How SWA is organized at country level
Achieving SWA’s mission requires that the partnership be functional and effective at national level in partner countries.
To support this, SWA relies on Focal Points. Every SWA country partner has one Focal Point for each constituency represented in that country. The Focal Points:
- Coordinate all SWA partners within their constituency to ensure their engagement in SWA multi-stakeholder activities
- Collaborate with other Focal Points nationally, regionally and globally
- Strengthen understanding and integration of the SWA Framework among partners
As SWA aims to support and build national processes and institutions; SWA Focal Points work with existing sector platforms and coordination structures – they specifically work to avoid duplication of existing national processes.
To reach your constituency’s Focal Point in your country, please contact the Secretariat.
Sanitation, hygiene and water for all, always and everywhere.