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April 18, 2015

7th World Water Forum Backs Inclusion of a Dedicated Water Goal in Post-2015 Development Agenda

Fredrick Mugira
April 18, 2015

The 7th World Water Forum came to an end Friday with participants backing the inclusion of one dedicated water goal and water-related targets in the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

“We reaffirm that water is at the core of sustainable development and support the inclusion of one dedicated water goal and water-related targets in the Post-2015 Development Agenda,” the declaration noted.

7th World Water Forum Logo

7th World Water Forum Logo

There are 17 proposed SDGs and 169 targets. SDG six focuses on water and sanitation. It has eight targets.

Others five SDGs have seven targets directly or indirectly linked to water-related issues. A high level summit to adopt the SDGs takes place in New York, USA in September this year.

“We are committed to working together to ensure a successful outcome at the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change,” the declaration further stressed.

The 7th edition of the world’s largest water event gathered participants from the international water community: academics, research institutions, enterprises, professional networks, governments and policy-makers, IGOs and NGOs, as well as representatives from various fields such as agriculture, food or energy in the city of Daegu, South Korea under the theme, Water for Our Future.

Earlier during the week, the legislators from all over the world promised policy support for water issues and rooted for increased cooperation between countries.

Some of the legislators during the 7th World Water Forum in South Korea

Some of the legislators during the 7th World Water Forum in South Korea

“Developed countries should provide active support, while developing nations should in turn invest in efforts to bring about positive changes,” the legislators urged in their joint statement.

The 7th World Water Forum focused on the implementation of the solutions that were identified during the 6th edition in Marseille, France in 2012. It was composed of cultural events, a Water Showcase, the World Water Challenge, water prize ceremonies, side events, a water exhibition and fair, as well as a Citizen’s Forum, including a Youth and Children’s Forum, to raise citizens’ awareness in favor of water.

The World Water Forum is the world’s largest meeting on water. Every three years since 1997, the World Water Council (WWC), has held each World Water Forum on or around World Water Day

March 21, 2012

UN Economic Commission for Africa Wants Safe Water to Flow Allover Africa

Newton Sibanda
March 20,2012

United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) Abdoulie Janneh is calling for concrete actions to facilitate the delivery of safe water to millions of Africans who remain in need.

Addressing a high-level session on the Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Initiative and the Africa Water Facility at the just ended 6th World Water Forum in Marseilles France, Mr. Janneh said that a measure of success for the forum would be an agreement on renewed pledges to support African countries in meeting the millennium development goal (MDG) targets for water and sanitation, particularly in the rural areas.

The 6th World Water Forum gathered more than 25,000 participants in Marseille from 12th to 18th March 2012.

Mr. Janneh, who is also UN Under Secretary-Generalwas speaking on a panel on partnership for strengthening water security in Africa.

He urged African countries and development agencies to come up with strategies to harness the resources needed to transform Africa’s immense water potential into assets for people to grow food and save millions of lives from water borne diseases.

Other members of the panel included African Union Commission chairperson Jean Ping, Chairperson of the ; President of the African Development Bank Donald Kaberuka,The Prince of Orange, Chairman of United Nations Secretary-General’s Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation (UNSGAB); The Hon. , president of the African Ministers Council on Water Edna Molewa from South Africa; and AMCOW Executive Secretary. Bai Mass Taal.

Bai Mass Tall, the executive secretary of AMCOW (African Minister's Council on Water) speaking during the closing function of the 6th World Water Forum in Marseille

The panel unanimously called on African governments, bilateral and multilateral partners and other key stakeholders to help raise the resources, estimated at $400 million over the next three years, required to ensure that safe water is availability in acceptable levels throughout Africa.

Mr. Janneh said that there is a clear need for a work program that would lead to the achievement of the goal African countries set for themselves by continuing to place water issues at the forefront of Africa’s development agenda.

He renewed the commitment of ECA which hosts the secretariat of UN-Water/Africa to continue providing the support that will enable the water sector in the continent to build on its pioneering role as a model of inter-Agency coherence and synergy.

Mr Janneh recalled the dire situation of water needs in Africa and underscored its perplexing nature because the continent is actually “awash with large rivers, big lakes, vast wet lands and widespread ground water resources.”

“Indeed, in the context of this 6th World Water Forum, it is notable that Africa is endowed with transboundary waters with international river basins that cover not less than 62 percent of its land area”, he explained.

A picture of a mobile water purification plant in the Village of solutions at the 6th World Water Forum

Earlier, the president of the World Water Council, Loïc Fauchon said that Africa needs to bridge the gap between availability of water on the continent and the access its people have to it by fully integrating water accessibility and food security into national health strategies.

“What use is it to feed children only to see them die for lack of safe water”, Mr Fauchon asked, adding that water is as important for health as it is for energy.

He called for future climate change negotiations, including the future Green Fund, to put water issues on top of their discussions.

The Prince of Orange lauded efforts made by individual African countries, despite obvious financial constraints to supply water to the ever-increasing city populations, though regretting the fact that not so much progress had been made in the area of basic sanitation.

He called on Africa to begin to believe in its abilities saying, “a lot of good practices do exist on the continent and Africa countries should begin to look at each other for good examples.”

The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Dr Ping related different regional initiatives on water and said that the intra-African solidarity revealed during recent draughts in Somalia shows that Africa can contribute substantially towards resolving its water problems.

Mr. Kaberuka, President of the Africa Development Bank, recalled different initiatives by the bank and called for African ownership of its water projects, even as they continue to seek partnerships with development agenciesw while Ms.Molewa, president of AMCOW emphasized on the theme of the Forum – Time for Solutions – arguing Africa is doing its best, as testified by the growing number of African countries that have increased the budgetary allocations for water provision.

“Now is the time to use water to wash away poverty and underdevelopment”, she concluded.

The entire panel agreed that “a time for solutions” should also be an important step in preparing the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20).

This resonates with Africa’s position which is that water must be placed at the heart of all the issues on the agenda at Rio+20: for the green economy and in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication.

March 13, 2012

World Water Forum opens to calls for concrete solutions to end water scarcity

Fredrick Mugira
March 12, 2012

The six global meeting on water has got underway in Marseille France with high level speakers calling for concrete solutions to bring to an end water scarcity and wastage.

“We have been moving too slowly. We now need to accelerate,” French Prime Minister Francois Fillon said as he opened the sixth World Water Forum.

“The number of human beings who have no access to clean water is in the billions. Each year, we mourn millions of dead from the health risks that this causes. This situation is not acceptable – the world community must rise and tackle it,” he noted.

François Fillon, Prime Minister of France at the Opening Ceremony 12 March

Fillon further called for sustainable water management systems saying that in some cities around the world, 70 percent of water is wasted.

He explored countries around the world to share scientific knowledge and expertise to end climate change and water wastage.

Fillon also called for creation of an international agency that oversees environment which he named “World Environment Organization,” noting that if the world can have a “World Trade Organization,” why not have a World Environment organization also.

One of the photography exhibitions at the forum dedicated to water

Speaking during the same occasion, the Mayor of Marseille Jean-Claude Gaudin stressed that choice and time for solution to addressing water scarcity and waste in the world has come.

“The time for solutions, yes, means we must meet the challenges like climate change, irresistible urban growth, population growth, the depletion of a resource subject to ever increasing pollution and uncontrolled consumption, inequalities between rich and poor and disparities between dry and wet regions throw at us together, he noted.

In his speech, Prof. Benedicto Braga, President of the International Forum Committee called for rethinking of water issues.

“Water also deserves new thinking and concrete action. It deserves clear and transparent debates and adequate solutions,” he stressed.

He also advocated for inclusion of discussions on water during the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in June this year. Rio+20 conference will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on from June 20-22, 2012.

“As a process, the 6th Forum, is working in perfect alignment with the UN system to bring water into the discussions of the Conference on Sustainable Development Rio+20,” he noted.

Children from various schools in Marseilles perform during the opening ceremony

The one week of discussions, hot debates, solutions and best practice sharing in order to achieve concrete solutions and commitments for the cause of water has attracted over 25,000 participants from more than 180 countries.

October 17, 2011

INDIA: The 6th World Water Forum to attract 25,000 people in Marseille, France

WJA Reporter
15th October, 2011

The world’s largest meeting focusing on water takes place in France in March next year.

The 6th World Water Forum, co-organized by the French Government, the City of Marseilles and the World Water Council, will be held in Marseille, France in March 2012.

This is according to the organizers of this forum. They were briefing participants at this year’s Global Forum on Sanitation and Hygiene in Mumbai India.

The 6th World Water Forum's Logo

The World Water Forum takes place every after three years. It is meant to mobilize creativity, innovation, competence and know-how in favor of water.

The 6th World Water Forum intends to mobilize the entire water community and also “out of the water box” especially on strategic issues related to food, health and energy. To achieve this, it will facilitate an open dialogue with all stakeholders, with a special focus on citizens and civil society.

About 25,000 visitors are expected from all countries of the world. The forum will last 5 days from 12th to 17th March and will include political, thematic, regional and local agendas.

Nearly 1 billion people suffer needlessly without access to safe, clean water worldwide.

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