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12th Meeting of the UN Secretary General’s Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation and Regional ministerial conference "Water supply and sanitation in small rural settlements in the Black Sea region"

26.05.2009 - 28.05.2009

Sofia, Sheraton hotel
client: Ministry of regional development and public works

The United Nations Secretary-General’s Advisory Board (UNSGAB) was graciously hosted by the Government of the Republic of Bulgaria in Sofia for its 12th meeting, 25 to 28 May. Members met for a working dinner on Monday May 25 for initial discussions on UNSGAB’s future role and strategy. A regional dialogue with Ministers of countries belonging to the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation was held on May 27 where a Declaration on Water Supply and Sanitation in Small Rural Settlements was agreed.
UNSGAB working groups on sanitation, water operator partnerships (WOPs), water and disaster, Africa, integrated water resources management, monitoring and financing all met in break out sessions to advance their work. During the final day, all working groups reported to the entire membership after which the Board engaged in an intensive discussion about future activities.
Professor Yordan Uzunov thanked members for visiting Bulgaria. All members expressed their sincere appreciation to the Government of Bulgaria for the excellent arrangement and gracious hosting. The Chair thanked Mr. Uzunov, the Government of Bulgaria and all UNSGAB members for their dedication, hard work and commitment to water and sanitation issues.

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