As Chief Executive of WaterAid Australia, an international NGO that works towards a world where everyone, everywhere has safe water, sanitation and hygiene by 2030, I am extremely excited to be attending the Water New Zealand Conference and Expo together with our Head of Strategic Partnerships Federico Marcon.
WaterAid Australia is part of a global federation that works in 34 countries and we directly manage programs in Cambodia, Papua New Guinea and Timor-Leste. Our organisation has a long-standing relationship with the Australian water sector and its main umbrella organisations such as AWA (Australian Water Association) and WSAA (Water Services Association of Australia) and we are a regular exhibitor at OzWater, the annual conference of the Australian water industry. Our partnership with AWA and WSAA is focused on making the Sustainable Development Goals (especially SDG6) relevant and achievable for the water industry and the Government as well as maximising business opportunities for the water sector by increasing collaboration and efficiencies.
Thanks to AWA and WSAA, we were introduced to Water New Zealand and we are very excited to be exploring opportunities of engagement and collaboration between WaterAid and the New Zealand water sector, both in county and also for joint programs in support of the Pacific water utilities.
The Conference is a fantastic opportunity for us to better know your sector, meet you face to face and discuss how we can work together. Therefore, I am inviting you to reach out to me or Federico during the Conference so we can start a conversation on how, together, we can maximise the impact of our work towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.
Looking forward to meeting you all in Hamilton!