Platforms

Water multistakeholder platforms are becoming more and important as part of the solution to the complexity of water and sanitation issues in today’s fast changing world. Usually these platforms form around partnership and combine a web platform with an extensive network that may reach from global to local level. The following list provides a selection of those global and regional multistakeholder platforms in which UN-Water and its members & partners play a key role [lead entity(ies)in italics].



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Overview

>> Adaptation Learning Mechanism (ALM)
>> African regional water resource information system (UN-Water/Africa)
>> Cap-Net
>> Euro-Mediterranean Information System on know-how in the Water sector (EMWIS)
>> Freshwater Action Network (FAN)
>> Gender & Water Alliance (GWA)
>> Global Water Operators Partnership Alliance (GWOPA)
>> GWP Toolbox
>> IWA-WaterWiki
>> IW:Learn
>> Joint Monitoring Programme for Water Supply and Sanitation (JMP)
>> Rural Water Supply Network (RWSN)
>> The Global WASH Cluster
>> The Sustainable Sanitation (SuSanA)
>> Transboundary Water Management Database
>> UN CC:Learn
>> UN-Water Activity Information System (UNW-AIS)
>> UN-Water Key water indicator portal (KWIP)
>> Water Integrity network (WIN)
>> Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC)
>> WaterWiki
>> WeAdapt
>> Women for Water Partnership
>> World Water Council (WWC)


Adaptation Learning Mechanism (ALM)

The Adaptation Learning Mechanism (ALM) is a platform that systematically documents and shares knowledge on climate change adaptation practices and operational guidance. Seeking to provide stakeholders with a common platform for sharing and learning, ALM bridges knowledge gaps by bringing relevant knowledge and stakeholders together to exchange information, experiences, and expertise, with leadership, facilitation and strong participation by Southern institutions.

Web platform | En
UN-Water Focus Areas : Climate Change (Adaptation); Capacity Development
UN-Water members & partners : UNDP; WB; UNFCCC; FAO; UNEP


African regional water resource information system (UN-Water/Africa)

The UN-Water/Africa (formerly the Interagency Group for Water in Africa) is a collaboration of many UN agencies, formed in response to a request by the UNACC Subcommittee on Water Resources to coordinate and harmonize water activities in Africa by various UN and other subregional IGOs. UN-Water/Africa also promotes joint collaborative activities in water sector in Africa by these agencies.

Web platform | En
UN-Water Focus Areas : Capacity Building; Drinking-Water, Sanitation & Health; IWRM; Gender and Water; Water Scarcity; Pollution; Financing and Valuation; Transboundary Waters; Climate Change & DRM
UN-Water members & partners : UNECA; UNEP; WMO; FAO; UNICEF; WMO; UNDP


Cap-Net

Cap-Net is an international network for capacity building in sustainable water management. It is made up of a partnership of autonomous international, regional and national institutions and networks committed to capacity building in the water sector, particularly with respoect to the development of IWRM and the achievement of the Millenium Development Goals.

Web platform, network of networks | En, Sp
UN-Water Focus Areas : Integrated Water Resources Mgmt; Capacity Development
UN-Water members & partners : UNDP; WMO; UNESCO-IHE


Euro-Mediterranean Information System on know-how in the Water sector (EMWIS)

EMWIS, an initiative of the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership, provides a strategic tool for exchanging information and knowledge in the water sector between and within the Euro Mediterranean partnership countries (the 27 EU member states and 10 Mediterranean partner countries).

Web platform | En
UN-Water Focus Areas : Water Scarcity; Integrated Water Resources Mgmt; Financing and Valuation
UN-Water members & partners : GWP; UNU; WWC


Freshwater Action Network (FAN)

Freshwater Action Network (FAN) is a global network of people implementing and influencing water and sanitation policy and practice around the world. FAN works to improve water management by strengthening civil society to influence decision-making

Multi-stakeholder partnership and platform | En, Sp, Po, Fr
UN-Water Focus Areas : Drinking-Water,San & Health; Integrated Water Resources Mgmt; Water Scarcity
UN-Water members & partners : Wateraid


Gender & Water Alliance (GWA)

The Gender and Water Alliance (GWA) promotes women’s and men’s equitable access to and management of safe and adequate water, for domestic supply, sanitation, food security and environmental sustainability. GWA offers a number of resources on its website, notably its resource guide on gender and IWRM, aimed at assisting water and gender practitioners and professionals as well as persons responsible for gender mainstreaming.

Network | En,Fr, Sp, Ar, Po
UN-Water Focus Areas : Integrated Water Resources Mgmt
UN-Water members & partners : GWP; IWMI; SIWI; UNDP; UN-Habitat; WSSCC


Global Water Operators Partnership Alliance (GWOPA)

The Global Water Operators’ Partnership Alliance (GWOPA) is an alliance of partners working towards the common goal of making Water Operators’ Partnerships (WOPs) happen more often and with greater impact. Supported by a global network of partners and members from both the public and private sector, GWOPA’s aims to promote and enable impactful WOPs by creating awareness about WOPs, producing and sharing knowledge and tools, and rallying the funds and political backing to enable effective WOPs practice.

Multi-stakeholder partnership and platform | En
UN-Water Focus Areas : Drinking-Water,San & Health; Capacity Development; Financing and Valuation
UN-Water members & partners : UN-Habitat; Aquafed


GWP Toolbox

The Global Water Partnership ToolBox is a free and open database with a library of background papers, policy briefs, technical briefs, perspective papers, case studies, and references aimed at helping water practitioners and professionals implement better approaches to managing water and learn more about improving water management at a local, national, regional or global level. The ToolBox also serves as a venue for engaging the broader water sector community through shared knowledge and network building.

Web platform | En
UN-Water Focus Areas : Integrated Water Resources Mgmt
UN-Water members & partners : GWP; FAO; GWA; WSSCC; IUCN; Cap-Net


IWA-WaterWiki

The IWA WaterWiki aims to provide a platform for the global water community to interact and share knowledge online. The site will be a reference for all areas of water, waste water and environmental science and management. This is the place for water professionals worldwide to interact, share knowledge and increase understanding.

Database, Network | En
UN-Water Focus Areas : Capacity Building; Drinking-Water, Sanitation & Health; IWRM; Gender and Water; Water Scarcity; Pollution; Financing and Valuation; Transboundary Waters; Climate Change & DRM
UN-Water members & partners : IWA


IW:Learn

IW:LEARN, the International Waters Learning Exchange and Resource Network, aims to strengthen transboundary waters management by facilitating global portfolio experience sharing and learning, dialogue facilitation, targeted knowledge sharing, and replication in order to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the Global Environment Facility's international water projects.

Web platform | En
UN-Water Focus Areas : Transboundary Waters; Capacity Development
UN-Water members & partners : UNEP; UNDP; GWP; UNU-INWEH; IUCN; UNESCO; UNECE


Joint Monitoring Programme for Water Supply and Sanitation (JMP)

The JMP website is a resource for decision makers, researchers, and civil society at large to learn about the JMP's activities, the status of water supply and sanitation coverage and its importance for our health and well-being, and to obtain detailed statistics about the use of water and sanitation facilities at different scales (global, regional and country-level).

Web platform | En
UN-Water Focus Areas : Drinking-Water,San & Health
UN-Water members & partners : UNICEF; WHO


Rural Water Supply Network (RWSN)

The Rural Water Supply Network (RWSN) is a global knowledge network, which is thematic in nature, focusing on four flagships: cost-effective boreholes, self supply, sustainable rural water supplies and handpump technologies.

Multi-stakeholder partnership and platform | En
UN-Water Focus Areas : Water Scarcity; Integrated Water Resources Mgmt
UN-Water members & partners : UNICEF; Wateraid


The Global WASH Cluster

The Global WASH Cluster provides an open and formal platform for humanitarian key actors to work together to address key weaknesses in the water, sanitation and hygiene sector as a whole.

Web platform | En
UN-Water Focus Areas : Drinking-Water,San & Health
UN-Water members & partners : UNICEF


The Sustainable Sanitation (SuSanA)

The Sustainable Sanitation Alliance (SuSanA) is an informal network of organisations who share a common vision on sustainable sanitation. SuSanA came into existence in early 2007 and works as a coordination platform, working platform, sounding board, contributor to the policy dialogue on sustainable sanitation and as catalyst.

Web platform | En, Fr, Sp
UN-Water Focus Areas : Drinking-Water,San & Health
UN-Water members & partners : FAO; GWA; IWMI; UNDP/cap-net; UN-Habitat; UNESCO-IHE; UNICEF; WaterAid


Transboundary Water Management Database

Launched in October 2011 by the Swedish Water House, the Transboundary Water Database maps the activities, processes, and projects of — and tools used by —actors working in transboundary water management (TWM). The Database identifies "knowledge gaps" and needs for further actions, thus informing decision-making in water management; highlights positive examples of TWM, acting as a motivation for increased investments by development partners; and promotes objective decision-making, thereby helping to form a framework for resource allocation in TWM.

Web platform | En
UN-Water Focus Areas : Transboundary Waters
UN-Water members & partners : SIWI


UN CC:Learn

"The One UN Training Service Platform on Climate Change (UN CC:Learn) is a collaborative initiative involving 32 multilateral organizations which supports Member States, UN agencies and other development partners in designing and implementing country-driven, results-oriented and sustainable learning to address climate change. The initiative was launched at the 2009 Copenhagen Climate Change Summit. UN CC:Learn is included in the ""One UN Climate Change Action Framework"" of the UN System Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB) through the HLCP capacity development group convened by UNDP and UNEP. The CEB framework aims at maximizing existing synergies, eliminating duplication and optimizing the impact of the collective effort of UN organizations in combatting climate change. UN CC:Learn contributes to the implementation of Article 6 of the UNFCCCon training and education, and the individual capacity development pillar of the UNFCCC Capacity Development Framework.

Multi-stakeholder partnership and platform | En
UN-Water Focus Areas : Climate Change (Adaptation); Capacity Development
UN-Water members & partners : UNITAR; FAO; UNEP; IFAD; UNFCCC; UNDP; UNESCO; ESCAP; ESCWA; ILO; UNICEF; UN-Habitat; UNU; UNWomen; UN-ISDR; WFP; WHO; WMO; WB; WTO


UN-Water Activity Information System (UNW-AIS)

The UN-Water Activity Information System (UNW-AIS) is an online platform to present and share information on water-related projects and learning initiatives from UN-Water members, partners and programmes. UNW-AIS is a platform for UN-Water members, partners and programmes as well as a broader audience including policy makers, water professionals, researchers and those from higher education for sharing information and knowledge from global to local level.

Web platform | En
UN-Water Focus Areas : Capacity Building; Drinking-Water, Sanitation & Health; IWRM; Gender and Water; Water Scarcity; Pollution; Financing and Valuation; Transboundary Waters; Climate Change & DRM
UN-Water members & partners : UNW-DPC; UN-Water


UN-Water Key water indicator portal (KWIP)

The UN-Water Indicators Portal offers the latest value information on the official UN-Water Indicators that are currently being measured and reported by UN-Water Members and Partners. These Indicators have been selected by the UN-Water Task Force on Indicators, Monitoring and Reporting. This UN-Water Portal aims to provide a means through which reporters, policy makers, researchers, and the general public alike can find the most updated information in a simple format.

Database | En
UN-Water Focus Areas : Drinking-Water,San & Health; Water Scarcity; Pollution
UN-Water members & partners : UN-Water


Water Integrity network (WIN)

The mission of the Water Integrity Network (WIN) is to increase integrity levels and reduce corruption in the water sector through a pro-poor and pro-equity focus. To achieve its mission, WIN raises awareness about the issues of corruption in its different forms — and the fact that something can be done about it — through multi-stakeholder coalitions that build integrity. WIN also shares and facilitates the use of water integrity tools, methods and applied research findings, and knowledge among water-users and professionals.

Multi-stakeholder partnership and platform | En, Sp, Fr
UN-Water Focus Areas : Drinking-Water,San & Health; Pollution
UN-Water members & partners : SIWI


Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC)

The Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) is a global multi-stakeholder partnership and membership organization that works to save lives and improve livelihoods. It does so by enhancing collaboration among sector agencies and professionals who are working to improve access for those without safe sanitation and clean drinking water. Through its work, WSSCC contributes to the broader goals of poverty eradication, health and environmental improvement, gender equality and long-term social and economic development.

Multistakeholder partnership and platform | En
UN-Water Focus Areas : Drinking-Water,San & Health; Water Scarcity
UN-Water members & partners : WSSCC


WaterWiki

WaterWiki aims at connecting water professionals to knowledge based on work in the context of the UN, providing an online collaboration platform for water sector practitioners worldwide to find and share experiences and lessons learned, and improving coordination and inter-agency cooperation in the water sector.

Web platform | En
UN-Water Focus Areas : Capacity Building; Drinking-Water, Sanitation & Health; IWRM; Gender and Water; Water Scarcity; Pollution; Financing and Valuation; Transboundary Waters; Climate Change & DRM
UN-Water members & partners : UNDP; UNECE; UNESCO; WHO; WWAP; FAO


WeAdapt

weADAPT.org is an online ‘open space’ on climate adaptation issues (including the synergies between adaptation and mitigation) which allows practitioners, researchers and policy makers to access credible, high quality information and to share experiences and lessons learned with the weADAPT community. It is designed to facilitate learning, exchange, collaboration and knowledge integration to build a professional community of practice on adaptation issues while developing policy-relevant tools and guidance for adaptation planning and decision-making.

Web Platform | En
UN-Water Focus Areas : Climate Change (Adaptation)
UN-Water members & partners : UNITAR; UNEP


Women for Water Partnership

Women for Water Partnership (WfWP) is a worldwide strategic alliance of local, national and international womens organisations and networks, active in the areas of sustainable development, water & sanitation, poverty and gender. WfWP consists of 24 womens networks with subsidiaries in approximately 100 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, the EECCA region and Western Europe

Web platform | En
UN-Water Focus Areas : Integrated Water Resources Mgmt
UN-Water members & partners : WfWP


World Water Council (WWC)

The World Water Council is an international multi-stakeholder platform, established in 1996 in response to an increasing concern about world water issues from the global community. The Council's mission is "to promote awareness, build political commitment and trigger action on critical water issues at all levels… to facilitate the efficient conservation, protection, development, planning, management and use of water…on an environmentally sustainable basis." The platform aims to encourage debates and exchanges of experience, as well as to catalyze initiatives and activities.

Multistakeholder partnership and platform | En, Fr, Ru
UN-Water Focus Areas : Capacity Building; Drinking-Water, Sanitation & Health; IWRM; Gender and Water; Water Scarcity; Pollution; Financing and Valuation; Transboundary Waters; Climate Change & DRM
UN-Water members & partners : Aquafed; GWA; FAO; IAH; ICID; IUCN; IWRA; UN-Habitat; UNESCO; UNESCO-IHE; WfWP; WWF