On 19 February, SWA organized a consultation meeting in Islamabad, the day after the second PACOSAN meeting. Participants were a mix of Steering Committee members, experienced senior governments officials and representatives from NGOs and international organizations. The Maldives and Bhutan, currently not SWA country partners, were also represented.
Participants worked together on concrete ideas to use the 2014 HLM commitments for advocacy campaigns, and how SWA partners could input into the ongoing post-2015 negotiations. There was also a very fruitful discussion on increasing South Asia’s involvement in (and visibility within) SWA, during which participants agreed on the need to align SWA’s processes to SACOSAN.
Speakers at the meeting included Khairul Islam, Deputy Secretary Ministry of Local Government, Rural Development & Cooperatives, Bangladesh; Hari Devkpta, Project Management Consultant in WASH & Environment, Nepal; Andrea Guzman, Program Officer Strategic Relations, WSSCC; Henk Van der Norden, Regional Adviser, UNICEF Regional Office for South Asia; Dibalok Singha, Regional Convenor, Freshwater Action Network South Asia and Sumitra Amatya, Executive Director, Solid Waste Management and Resource Mobilisation Centre, Nepal.
Catarina de Albuquerque, the recently-appointed SWA Vice-Chair, sent a video message to participants expressing her enthusiasm about the meeting and underlining the importance of an inclusive and timely monitoring of commitments.
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