Global Water Operators' Partnerships Alliance at UN-Habitat

Role of Water Utilities in SDGs and New Urban Agenda

Tuesday 28 August | 14.00-15.30 | Room: FH 307
Construction worker, Repairing a broken water pipe on the concrete road. EsanIndyStudios/ Anuwat phoonsawaengsap (Shutterstock)

Cities are complex and water is only one of many perspectives that need to be taken into account in promoting “inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable” urbanization. Nevertheless, the foundation that sound water management provides for all aspects of sustainable urban development needs to be adequately reflected in the framework that will guide urban development in the coming decades. Water is an engine for development and is essential to the inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable cities that are called for in the New Urban Agenda and the SDGs. To drive this progressive urban agenda, it is critical that water and sanitation services are universally accessible and affordable, in particular for vulnerable populations. This session will take a holistic water cycle approach to the discussion by integrating the different aspects of urban water management including gender inclusivity and mainstreaming and linking it with the needs of the urban poor and vulnerable groups. Furthermore, the session will focus specifically on the implementation of the New Urban Agenda by linking questions on cities and water and gender inclusivity to the implementation of NUA. 



14 :00      Opening and welcome remarks

                Moderator : Jose Luis Martin Bordes, GWOPA Officer in Charge, UN-Habitat 

14 :05      UN-Habitat’s perspective on the role of water utilities in SDGs and New Urban Agenda

                Mr. Andre Dzikus, Coordinator, Urban Basic Services Branch, UN-Habitat

14 :20       Country perspective : the case of Mongolia

                 Ms. Orsoo Lkhagvatseden, Head of Public Utilities Sector Policy Implementation and Coordination Department, Ministry of Construction and Urban Development, Mongolia (tbc)

14 :35         Panel discussion with representatives of water and sanitation utilities

                 Ms. Paula Kehoe, Director of Water Resources with the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC), USA

                 Ms. Diana Makwaba, Managing Director of Nkana Water and Sewerage Company, Kitwe, Zambia

                 Ms. Maria Silvina Perriello, Director, Institutional Relations, Agua y Saneamientos Argentinos (AySA), Argentina

                 Ms. Anna Romelyn Almario, former staff in Manila Water and current officer in the Asia Development Bank (ADB), Philippines

15 :20     Questions & Answers

15 :30      Closing