In July 2017, a Memorandum of Understanding (“MOU”) was signed with the Sao Paulo Secretariat of Water Resources and Sanitation, laying the foundation for a comprehensive program of joint action. Also since July 2017, a 2030 WRG Representative is based in Sao Paulo in order to set-up and lead the program.
The overarching goal of the partnership, as articulated in the MOU, is to support the government and private sector to establish a systematic dialogue platform that can identify priorities and develop solutions to the local water challenges. The 2030 WRG supports this platform through its convening role, as well as through analysis, guidance and identifying pilot projects on the themes defined as priorities by local stakeholders.
Different meetings were organized in São Paulo, including a workshop, working group meetings, a roundtable, as well as bilateral meetings, convening partners from the public, private, and civil society sectors.
There is strong support from the government, private sector and civil society actors for a São Paulo Partnership. On the basis of stakeholder consultations, two multi-stakeholder work streams are under development: (1) Water Demand Management, Reuse and Recycling, and (2) Sustainable Financing of Water Infrastructure
It is expected that the work streams will support the development of initial projects by convening various stakeholder consultations and workshops on a factual basis. The initial priority areas and work streams are under investigation and the MSP governance structure is expected to be defined in the coming months. In addition, 2030 WRG will coordinate studies identified by working groups.
The 2030 Water Resources Group (2030 WRG) is a public, private, civil society partnership hosted by the World Bank Group. The partnership supports country-level collaboration designed to unite diverse groups with a common interest in the sustainable management of water resources.
Our global partners include bilateral agencies and governments (Swiss Development Cooperation, Swedish Development Cooperation, the governments of Hungary and Israel), private companies (Nestlé, PepsiCo, Coca-Cola, Dow Chemical, Ab InBev), development banks (IFC, World Bank, African Development Bank, Inter-American Development Bank), INGOs and IGPs (UNDP, GGGI, GWP, the World Economic Forum, BRAC and IUCN). The 2030 WRG was launched in 2008 at the World Economic Forum and has been hosted by The World Bank Group since 2012.