Water Partnership Names Canadian as New Chairperson
Press Release from GWP, Stockholm, Friday August 18, 2020
The Global Water Partnership (GWP), a network that links thousands of water management professionals around the world, elected a new chairperson at a meeting in Stockholm, Sweden, on Friday.
The appointment of former Canadian diplomat Margaret Catley-Carlson is effective immediately.
Catley-Carlson's 30-year career in economic development has included terms as president of the Canadian International Development Agency, Deputy Executive Director of UNICEF and chair of the Geneva-based Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council. She currently serves on the boards of a number of national and international
organisations, primarily in the field of economic development.
"The Partnership is very fortunate to have an eminent person like Margaret Catley-Carlson willing to take on the responsibilities of chairing the Global Water Partnership," said Khalid Mohtadullah, Executive Secretary of the GWP. "This is especially important as the Partnership is facing newer and greater challenges that emerged this year as a result of the Second World Water Forum in The Hague."
The GWP facilitates the exchange of knowledge and experience in integrated water resources management, an approach to water management that seeks to balance human, industrial, agricultural and environmental needs.
In accepting the position, Catley-Carlson noted that water issues are closely connected to the status of women in developing countries and to economic development. "If you want to improve the status of women, water is an important place to start, because they are the ones usually responsible for obtaining it for their families," she said. "And if you want to take on the fight against global poverty, this is a substantial part of it."
She succeeds retiring Ismail Serageldin who has chaired the GWP since its foundation in 1996.
For further information contact: Communications Office, GWP, Sida, SE-105 25 Stockholm, Sweden. Tel: +46-8 6985384, Fax: +46-8 6985627, E-mail: email@example.com
Catley-Carlson - Biography
Chair, Board member, Advisor to
international and national public and private groups.
International career spanning 35 years, two-thirds as CEO.
Experience in a wide variety of governance, public policy,
regulatory, management, economic, health, and development issues.
Working with organisations applying science and knowledge to the
better management of national and international problems in
freshwater governance, health, agriculture, information
management, environmental protection, international development
and development finance.
- Commissioner, Water for the
21st Century - Paris, Washington
- Chair, Group Suez Lyonnaise
des Eaux: Water Resource Management Advisory Committee - Paris
- International Ocean Institute,
Canadian Committee - Halifax
- Chair, Board of Governors,
Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International -
- Board, ICARDA - Centre for
Agric. Research in Dry Areas - Syria
- 2020 Vision Policy on Global
Food Policy - IPRI - Food Policy Research - Washington, DC
Health and Population
- Advisory Council, Health &
Decisions - Minneapolis
- Intīl Advisory Committee:
Canadian Institute for Health Information - Ottawa
- Clinical Professor, Tulane
University - New Orleans
Finance and Development
- Vice Chair, International
Development Research Centre - Ottawa
- Advisory Committee - Global
Asset Management - New York, London
- Board and Executive Committee
- Overseas Development Council - Washington
- Inter-American Dialogue -
- UN Secretary Generalīs
Advisory Board UN Staff College - New York, Turin
- Advisory Council, St.
Georgeīs University - Grenada
- Chair, Water Supply
and Sanitation Collaborative Council - Geneva
- Board of Health,
Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences -
- Board of the Export
Development Corporation - Ottawa
- Board of PetroCanada
International - Ottawa and Calgary
- Trustee, Womenīs
World Banking - New York
- University of Alberta
International Board - Calgary
- Organizing Committee
of the MicroCredit Summit - Washington
- Yale School of
Medicine Deanīs Council - New Haven
- Club of Rome, former
President, Population Council
- New York, 1993-1998
The Council is an independent,
non-profit research organisation with a staff of 450 active in 50
countries, and a 1998 budget over $55 million conducting
biomedical research to develop and improve contraceptive
technology, and advising on international population investment
and policy through research in social and health system delivery
Deputy Minister, Department of
Health and Welfare - Ottawa, 1989-1992
12 000 staff across Canada
accounted for about 40% of the Federal Budget spending and for
Federal-Provincial transfer payments and negotiations in the
social sphere, health protection and promotion, including Food and
Drug administration, and Federal Pension and social programs and
International Development Agency - Ottawa, 1983-1989
CIDA is responsible for Canadaīs
development assistance programs globally, with a staff of 1 200
and a budget close to $3 billion throughout the 1980īs.
Deputy Executive Director,
UNICEF - New York, 1981-1983
(rank of Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations)
The United Nations global network
of 3 000 employees delivers services to governments to assist in
promoting the welfare of children.
Department of External Affairs
- Canada, 1966-1981
Twenty-five year career in
government began with diplomatic posts in Sri Lanka and London.
Became Assistant Under-Secretary for External Affairs.
Education and Distinctions
Graduated from the University of
British Columbia; postgraduate work at the University of the West
Indies, Trinidad and Tobago. Honorary doctoral degrees from the
University of Regina, St. Maryīs University, Concordia University
of Calgary, Carleton University, and a fellow of Ryerson