Global Water Solidarity is an international platform specialized in decentralized cooperation partnerships in water and sanitation aimed at the achievement of MDG target 7-C and the human right to water and sanitation. 

With the support of an active coalition of water development partners and backed by innovative cooperation mechanisms, sub-national actors have a central role to play in responding to the challenge of improving universal access to water and sanitation. 

Owing to their closeness to local communities and first-hand knowledge of their territories, local and regional authorities have developed innovative solutions to overcome technical, political or financial challenges. 

To help leveraging this unique local expertise and bridging the water sector’s funding gap, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) led a group of institutions to establish the Global Water Solidarity International Platform (GWS), officially launched during the Sixth World Water Forum held in Marseille in 2012. 

Founding Framework of the GWS

  • MDG-7C: Halve, by 2015, the population without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation 
  • UN General Assembly Resolution on the human right to water and sanitation.
  • Aid effectiveness principles: Rome (2003) and Paris (2005) declarations, Accra Agenda for Action (2008) and Busan Declaration (2011).

Strong of 20 founding Members and over 100 current partners and members,  the platform includes local, regional and national authorities, international and multilateral organizations, water operators, NGOs, and private organizations.  The added value of GWS lies in its innovative capacity to build a network of water and sanitation partners in order to promote knowledge and good practices exchanges and to mobilize decentralized cooperation partnerships —and thus innovative funding mechanisms — at the national, regional and global levels.

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