Global Wastewater Initiative (GW2I)
Status of initiative: On track
Description/achievement of initiative

The GW2I is a multi-stakeholder platform which is comprised of UN agencies, international organizations, governments, scientists, private sectors, industries 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.

Implementation methodologies

This initiative will be carried out through the creation of demonstration projects for sustainable wastewater reuse. Outreach and mainstreaming will be supported by use of publications and other outreach material. Capacity building and training for public and private sector stakeholders at local, regional and national levels.

Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer

Coordination mechanisms/governance structure

The GW2I is a voluntary network of stakeholders with an international Steering Committee and a Secretariat to be provided, hosted and managed by UNEP/GPA. The GW2I operates as a voluntary network of stakeholders with a view to facilitate joint efforts to communicate and address the wastewater challenge and to push the wastewater agenda by sharing, among stakeholders, information, lessons learned and best practices for wastewater management, including sound technologies that do not adversely affect the environment and biodiversity.


AfDB, ADB, DHI-UNEP, FAO, GEF, IAEA, Jacobs U.K. Limited, Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, UEMOA, CBD, UNDESA, Prana Sustainable Water Switzerland, UNDP, UNICEF, UNU-INWEH, USEPA, WECF, WHO, Ramsar, IMWI, CUTEC-Institute GmbH, Ecoturismo Y Nuevas Tecnologias, UNIDO, Inter-American Development Bank, UN-Habitat, Fisheries Division Laboratory Antigua, ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability in Africa, UICN Programme Afrique Centrale et Occidentale, IWA, WaterLex, UNSGAB, BORDA, UNESCO, SUEN Turkey, CBEEX, The Water Network, UoN, Envisager, Jordanian National Forum for Women, Agua Inc. Global Development Group, CENTA, Aquawise Consulting, FED, Water Towers Conservation Network, WBCSD, USDA, ZeroDig (Pty) Ltd, University of Lomé, SEI, UNWater
April 2015
Creation of Regional Hubs for GW2I (GW2I Asian Platform)
December 2015
GW2I Publications (Economic Valuation of Waste Water; Good practices for regulating wastewater management; Sanitation, Wastewater Management and Sustainability; Wastewater Technology Matrix)
Demonstration Projects (Reducing Pollution in the Black Sea- WECF; Wastewater Reuse in Ouarzazate- KFS; Demonstration of Effective Use of Treated Wastewater in the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden- PERSGA; Demonstrating Decentralized Wastewater in Tanzania- BORDA, UN-Habitat)
Resources devoted to implementation
Other, please specify
Norway and Sweden yearly financial contributions
Staff / Technical expertise
UNEP/GPA Secretariat of the Partnership
Progress reports
Cut off date each year: 1 July
This initiative fulfils the SMART criteria.
Location: Nairobi, Kenya
Date of completion: Open ended
Operating in countries
Partner connections
Contact information/focal point(s)
Birguy Lamizana, birguy.lamizana@unep.org

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