Ref# 2379
Global Wastewater Initiative (under GPA)
Progress reports/updates
Objective & Description
What is the GWI?
• A multiple stakeholder platform comprised of UN agencies, international organizations, governments (Health, Agriculture, Environment and Economic development), scientists, private sectors and Major groups and stakeholders to provide the foundations (including information, tools and policy mechanisms) for partnerships to initiate comprehensive, effective and sustained programmes addressing wastewater management;
• A voluntary network of stakeholders with an international Steering Committee and a Secretariat to be provided by UNEP/GPA
• A room to address and work under thematic groups on major issues, challenges and potentialities of wastewater such as wastewater reuse, nutrient removal, biogas production, etc.

What will the GWI do?
• Facilitate cooperation, coordination and synergy among the different players ;
• Play an important role in triggering strategic discussion, advocacy and action among countries on more effective wastewater management;
• Help to identify and foster opportunities which can be applied by countries or scaled up as part of a more concerted national and international effort

Expected outcomes
• Improved synergy among stakeholders including scientists, NGOs, the private sector, governments and international organizations for more effective wastewater management;
• Healthier ecosystems and improved human well-being;
• Increased opportunities and benefits realized and concerted national and international efforts to embed effective wastewater in national development plans;
• Enhanced knowledge generation, sharing and utilization for better wastewater management;
• Enhanced recognition of wastewater as a resource and an opportunity by decision makers and stakeholders;
• Increased utilization of the 3R approach worldwide;
• Enabled complementarities between the GWI and relevant Conventions and other international instruments, action plans, initiatives, and activities;
• Systematic publication of scoping papers and global assessments on emerging wastewater issues;
• Increased mobilization of resources to address wastewater challenges.
Governance & Coordination Mechanisms
Implementation Methodologies
The proposed components/focal areas of the GWI are:

1. Establishment of the GWI infrastructure
• Building up a strong network;
• Expanding the GWI and engaging a wide variety of partners;
• Enhancing the visibility of the partnership;
• Gathering and disseminating available information and filling information gaps;
• Convening meetings of the GWI
2. Contributing to Global challenges and debates on wastewater issues
• Post-2015 discussion on SDG targets and indicators related to wastewater;
• Research into community wastewater perceptions;
• Contribution to policy briefs on wastewater;
• Collection & dissemination of good practices linking WW management with food security (agricultural & energy production), poverty alleviation, climate change, water use efficiency etc.
• New and emerging issues
3. Contributing to the strengthening of the normative basis for managing and monitoring the impacts of wastewater on the coastal and marine environment
• Conduct of an economic valuation of WW to evaluate the cost of the loss of coastal and marine ecosystems services due to the impact of WW and the failure to take preventive measures (cost of no action) versus the cost of effective WW management (cost of action);
• Provision of guidance & tools to decision-makers and concerned stakeholders;
• Development of a technology matrix of WW-related technologies;
• Preparation of guidelines for community leaders, etc.

4. Contributing to the implementation of demonstration projects on wastewater treatment technologies
• Contribution to the development and implementation of joint pilot projects to demonstrate and adopt measures enabling nutrients to be removed from wastewater;
• Other demonstrations (to be determined)

5. Communication and outreach
• Conduct awareness raising activities on the wastewater challenges and opportunities, and broker integrated approaches and solutions;
• Outreach and sharing information on wastewater;
• Contribution to the GWI website with regional hubs, press centre, events, etc.
• Standard presentations and short videos on key messages for various audiences
• Policy briefs (e.g. Wastewater, building on the “Sick Water” report, which could address the status of wastewater coverage, treatment and management globally)
• Presentation of exhibitions /poster and convening of side/parallel events at major meetings/conferences, e.g. Water Week, AMCOW, CoP of conventions to enhance the visibility of the GWI
• Contribute to/organize biannual GWI scientific and policy conference;
• Contribute to press releases, media advisories, press conferences, public service announcements.
Arrangements for Capacity Building and Technology Transfer
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