Water for Life Voices

Voices from Business

Dan Bena

Dan Bena
"In the last 10 years it is amazing to me how many different partners are starting to collaborate now. So I remember when I first started this [initiative] years ago, the idea that the private sector could engage with the United Nations was taboo, that was never a consideration, but more and more the private sector is being invited to different round tables by the UN."

Dominique Gatel

Dominique Gatel
"The water sector has become a lot more professional over the last 10 years. A small concrete example is Water Quality, which is now in most places monitored in a transparent manner with performance indicators, which allow tracking and shows improvements."

Jack Moss

Jack Moss
Executive Director, Aquafed
"For me what has changed is the understanding of the significance of water to all forms of sustainable development. It’s much better understood now than it was 10 years ago. Ten years ago nobody was really talking about it, now the majority of people are really getting it."

Joppe Cramwinckel

Joppe Cramwinckel
World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)
"The water discussion has moved from the technical guys in the operational units to the boardroom. So that has changed. The issue has been recognized as a strategic issue for business and a strategic issue for the globe. That has significantly changed in the last 10 years."

Robert Bos

Robert Bos
International Water Association (IWA)
"I am optimistic about the future. Groups are learning we all have to work together. UN-Water, NGOs, governments, other groups and organizations, we all want the same thing. It’s not about taking credit; it’s about making the maximum impact on people in need."

Sanjay Banka
Banka BioLoo Pvt Ltd, Hyderabad, India
"Water and sanitation have come a long way, both for India as well as the world. The WASH sector has attracted a lot of attention from multilateral agencies, intergovernmental organizations, donors and funders. At the same time, there has been a great thrust on WASH being provided and promoted on a sustainable basis, through the private sector.

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