New United Nations seat at Sant Pau Historic Site

The City of Barcelona won the bid to host GWOPA, a specialist secretariat of the UN-Habitat Programme, for the next five years, overcoming strong competition from Turkey and the Netherlands to secure the bid. The Barcelona offer excelled financially as well as in the el pais_250.jpg : 77.060546875Kbstrength of the institutional support and coordination behind its bid. It was backed by the government at national, regional and municipal levels, as well as by local water institutions, civil society and the private sector.

GWOPA is an alliance of partners working towards the common goal of making Water Operators’ Partnerships (WOPs) happen more often and with greater impact. Working towards the Millennium Development Goal to halve, by 2015, the proportion of the population without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation, GWOPA’s direct goal is to promote and enable impactful WOPs by awareness raising, capacity building and sharing and rallying political support. The global secretariat is currently based in the UN-Habitat headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, but will relocate to Barcelona in September 2012.

UN-Habitat, the United Nations Human Settlements Programme, aims to promote socially and environmentally sustainable human settlements development and the achievement of adequate shelter for all.

La Mercè Pavilion was designed by Lluís Domènech i Montaner, one of the key exponents of Catalan Modernism, and built between 1902-1913. It is part of the Sant Pau Historic Site, a UNESCO World Heritage Site which is being developed as a centre for innovative research and action in the fields of sustainability, health and education. EFIMED moved to the Site in 2011 and will be re-housed in the Sant Leopold Pavilion in 2013, while the United Nations University for the Alliance of Civilizations has been based at Sant Pau since 2010.

More information: RecinteHistoric(at)santpau.cat

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