SWA held its most recent Steering Committee meeting in Marrakesh, Morocco, on 27-28 June, to assess the global partnership's work over the past six months and discuss how it can further strengthen its work at country, regional and global levels. The Committee discussed strategic issues, including the SWA Mutual Accountability Mechanism and the partnership's participation in the United Nations High-level Political Forum, which will review progress on SDG 6, the water, sanitation and hygiene Sustainable Development Goal. The gathering was equally used to program the upcoming SWA ministerial meeting that will take place in 2019.
The meeting was opened by Her Excellency Madame Charafat Afailal, Secretary of State. During her welcome address, Minister Afailal said, The Kingdom of Morocco is proud to be the host of this important meeting. It is our belief that only through cooperation, at national, regional and global level, will we be able to reach universal access to water, sanitation and hygiene. Because of this, we are proud members of the SWA partnership and look forward to further and closer collaboration.
Ms. Catarina de Albuquerque, SWA Executive Chair, commented, On behalf for the over 200 SWA partners, I would like to thank the Kingdom of Morocco for their welcome of the Steering Committee. The progress done in the country in the water, sanitation and hygiene sector has the potential to influence many other of our partner governments. We were already inspired by the key role played by Morocco during the important discussions held in Marrakesh during the COP22 last year. This Steering Committee meeting will be key to the future of SWA and I am confident that Morocco can make the most out of this partnership.