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Geneva Green Guide

Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council

WSSCC
15, chemin Louis-Dunant
1202 Geneva Switzerland
Tel: 
+41(0) 22 560 81 81
Fax: 
+41(0) 22 560 81 84
Contact: 
Caroline van der Voorden, Email: vandervoordenc@who.int
David Trouba, Email: david.trouba@wsscc.org
Description

The Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council enhances collaboration in the water supply and sanitation sector, specifically in order to attain universal coverage of water and sanitation services for poor people around the world. Operating with a mandate from the UN General Assembly, its mission is “to accelerate the access to sustainable water, sanitation and waste management services by all people, with special attention to the unserved poor, by enhancing collaboration among developing countries and external support agencies and through concerted action programmes”.

Organization: 
Intergovernmental organizations
Established: 
1991
Staff: 
5
Chief/Director: 
Interim Executive Director: Jon Lane
Activities: 

Through its networking and knowledge management programme, the Council helps sector professionals to share their concerns, knowledge and experience. It provides opportunities for problem solving, access to combined expertise, continuous dialogue on key issues. The Council also produces publications setting out guidelines, procedures and codes of conduct which are developed by experts working together over several years. In addition to its fora, working groups, task forces and networks, the Council is responsible, via its advocacy programme, for the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for All campaign (‘WASH’). The WASH campaign was launched globally in 2001, and more than 20 national campaigns have since been established. National level activities are organized by National Coordinators and National WASH coalitions, sector professionals working with WSSCC on a voluntary basis. The WSSCC is also currently in the process of developing a grants facility for sanitation and hygiene projects.

Cooperation: 

with UN-HABITAT, UNEP, the World Bank, the Water and Sanitation Programme (WSP), regional Development Banks, and various research organizations, knowledge centres and implementation organizations in over 30 developing countries. The WSSCC has partnership agreements with a variety of organizations and networks, including UNICEF, WHO and the Global Water Partnership.

Publications: 

are available either on the WSSCC website or from the WSSCC Secretariat.

Keywords: 
health
freshwater
public awareness
agenda 21
waste