The aim of SWA is to
provide water, sanitation and hygiene for everyone on a long-term basis, as
decision-makers bring about local changes through increased political will, better use of funds and
targeting of vulnerable population groups.
SWA brings governments and other partners
together to commit to a common vision, share experiences, identify gaps, and
search for solutions that have been tested and supported by reliable data.
Water has the potential
for conflict between different users of water - this conflict potential is
particularly evident in times of pandemics. Since the outbreak of the COVID-19
pandemic, SWA has organized virtual seminars on COVID-19 and provided
educational work. This culminated in a global call for action in May 2020,
which was signed by heads of government and ministers including Switzerland,
representatives of the private sector, civil society, and international
This contribution is a
unique opportunity to promote resilient water, sanitation and hygiene systems
as a fundamental determinant of health and to maintain Switzerland's strong
position in the WASH sector.
The opening of an SWA
operational office in Geneva will enrich this growing community of global water
players and enable SWA to work more closely with key human rights and public
health actors based in Geneva.
Panel discussion at the global
meeting of WASH sector ministers in Costa Rica, April 2019 (© SWA)