Angel Simón: ‘The world’s main challenges in the area of water management can only be faced through public-private participation’
06 September 2016
‘The world’s main challenges in the area of water management can only be faced through public-private participation, where each actor does what he knows how to do’, stated Executive Vice President of Suez Water Europe, Angel Simón, during the second edition of the Water Dialogues Latin America and Spain: ‘Challenges to Water Security’, held this Tuesday, 6 September, in Madrid. The purpose of the meeting, which brought together leaders from the public and private sectors in Latin America and Spain, was to debate which actions would be most effective in improving and financing water infrastructure on both sides of the Atlantic.
Angel Simón took part in the round table ‘Water Security for Latin American Cities’, which highlighted SUEZ’s track record in terms of positive results through public-private partnerships. ‘We have a great deal of experience in Spain and we are continuing with this experience in Latin America. For example, in Cartagena (Colombia), Saltillo (Mexico) and Chile. We provide knowledge, innovation and technology’, he added.
Furthermore, Angel Simón emphasised the need for greater governance in the sector: ‘Water security does not just affect the supply. The concept is broader than that. That is why governance is needed, since without it, full water security will be difficult’.
He also touched upon existing global challenges both in terms of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and COP21. ‘We have different goals to meet. Not only in regard to water security, but also in relation to the circular economy. We must also promote more efficient management in agriculture, and we will do this with more technology, knowledge and innovation’. Therefore, ‘SDG 17, “Partnerships for the goals”, is key’.
Also participating in the debate, moderated by Víctor Arroyo, Water Knowledge Management Coordinator at CAF, were Yolanda Kakabadse, WWF’s International President; Milton Machado, Chairman of OSE, Uruguay; and David Michaud, World Bank Global Water Practice Specialist.
The Water Dialogues, which have become one of the main water and sanitation events in Latin America and Spain, are organised by CAF, the development bank of Latin America, in collaboration with Spain’s Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment, the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation.