“So that water does not remain a lower priority, let us mobilize everyone so that no one is left behind.” This is the meaning of the true marathon undertaken by Loïc Fauchon, President of the World Water Council and his team over the past three weeks. No less than 14 ministers were met face-to-face in Africa, particularly in Niamey, Ouagadougou and Dakar.
Two important meetings in Africa for the 9th World Water Forum Kick-off Meeting
Diamniadio (Greater Dakar), Senegal, 20 and 21 June – With nearly six hundred organizations and experts, the preparations for the 9th World Water Forum were launched. A Forum which in 2021 must bring Responses enabling change the everyday life of hundreds of millions of children and adults. These responses will bring them water and sanitation but at the same time, in line with the President's new crusade, they will bring food, health care and medicine, and education. It is the principle of the “Five-Finger Alliance” to bring, through solidarity, each of these basic services that constitute human rights necessary to human dignity.
"In many regions of the world, access to water and sanitation is declining. We must talk about the responses that will enable change the everyday lives of millions of people throughout the world."
(Loïc Fauchon, President of the World Water Council at the UN HQ)
New York, Monday, 24 June
- The United Nations, for a meeting full of emotion with Mrs. Amina J. Mohammed, serving under the Secretary General, Mr. Guterres. The meeting is requested to mobilize UN agencies (UNICEF, UNDP ...) today too absent on the subject of water.
- The UN GA Special Session on Water-related disasters: The Council defends the need for a policy of prevention of water-related disasters due to climate or the proliferation of polluted slums. Loïc Fauchon negotiates assiduously the concept of « blue helmets for water», necessary to evaluate damages.
- Bilateral discussions with the Indonesian Government for the holding of future meetings.
Washington DC, Wednesday 26 June – Meetings with financiers, bankers and investors, two intense days to convince them to spend much more money on access to water. Representatives from the OECD and the World Bank agree and support.
Twenty days, some forty thousand kilometers, several hundred exchanges, speeches, one-on-one discussions, press briefings.
The hydro diplomacy deployed by the President of the World Water Council pushes the boundaries.
Senegal and the United-States: new stages in the World Water Council’s political Marathon
The 9th World Water Forum kick-off meeting brings participants from around the world to Dakar for two days of collaborative work. Let Africa show the path of peace.
“Africa is rich in natural resources, in land resources and especially rich thanks to the intelligence and energy of its children, women and men living here…For two years Africa, Senegal and Dakar will be the Capital of Water. Let’s use this opportunity…for African voices to be heard,” said the President of the World Water Council, Loic Fauchon, during the opening ceremony with the Minister of Water and Sanitation, Serigne Mbaye Thiam.
Many participants from the whole world met at the kick-off meeting for the 9th edition of the largest international event on water challenges.
Over the course of two days, policy makers, academia, international organizations, civil society and the private sector, contributed with the strength of their ideas and the weight of their experience in the construction of the program for the Dakar World Water Forum in March 2021.
This collaborative work is articulated around the four main priorities of the 9th Forum:
- Water Security
- Rural Development
- Means and Tools
This collaboration will provide the answers that citizens around the world expect to improve their lives and regain their dignity.