AfricaSan Awards 2009
AMCOW AfricaSan Awards
Recognizing sanitation and hygiene achievements in Africa
His Royal Highness Prince Willem-Alexander, the Prince of Orange
1998: Patron of the Global Water Partnership, which was established by the
World Bank, the United Nations and the Swedish Ministry of Development
Cooperation with the aim of achieving integrated water management by turning
international environmental agreements into concrete programmes and projects.
1999-2000: Member of the committee that coordinated the formulation of the
World Water Vision.
2000: Chair of the Second World Water Forum in The Hague.
2002: Member of the Panel of Eminent Persons convened at the request of the
Secretary-General of the United Nations to issue recommendations for the UN
conference on sustainable development in Johannesburg. The Prince served on the
Panel as an expert on water management.
2000-2004: Chair of the Integrated Water Management Commission.
2004-present: Chair of the Water Advisory Committee, which replaced the
Integrated Water Management Commission. This independent body advises the
Minister for Transport, Public Works and Water Management on the feasibility of
water policy and its financial and social impact, doing so either in response to
a specific request or of its own volition.
2006-present: Chair of the UN Secretary-General’s Advisory Board on Water and
Sanitation. This Board was set up in 2004 by Kofi Annan to advise him on
practical measures that could be taken to achieve the Millennium Development
Goals for water and sanitation.
The Prince has been active in this field, in the Netherlands and elsewhere,
since 1998. He has held several posts:
Prince Willem-Alexander often visits companies and organisations active in the
water sector in the Netherlands and elsewhere to keep himself informed of
developments in the field.