Dakar, Sénégal, 4-8 December 2012 – The World Water Council has continued its advocacy campaign for better access to water and sanitation on a local level at the Africités Summit, in Dakar, Senegal. The Council met with African local authority leaders, including Mayor of Ouagadougou (Burkina-Faso), Simon Compaoré, Mayor of Chefchaouen (Morocco), Mohamed Sefiani, and Mayor of Tetouan (Morocco), Mohamed Idaomar, all of whom are signatories of the Istanbul Water Consensus, in order to evaluate the progress which has been made and identify specific issues encountered by local African governmen
Since 2011 the Council has worked on examining the role of water resources in economic growth in partnership with the Korean Government. This week, the Council, represented by its Vice-President, Dogan Altinbilek, is among high-level experts, politicians and journalists in London, United Kingdom, to discuss the ‘up-scaling’ of Green Growth strategies. It is Chatham House that organizes the conference ‘Green Growth: Transforming economies for competitiveness and resilience’ in association with one of the Council’s members - Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI).
“We know what needs to be done. We just need the courage to do it,” said the President of the World Water Council, Ben Braga, on 6 March in the Special Thematic Session on Water and Disasters at the United Nations in New York. In the presence of the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, he encouraged the world community to change the approach to water related disasters and act collectively to anticipate the challenges.
The second official meeting for the 7th World Water Forum took place today in Marseille, France. It was the second International Steering Committee (ISC) of the world’s largest water event that gathered for a two-day meeting to discuss the roadmap of the preparations. The two co-chairs, Ben Braga, President of the World Water Council and Il SaKong, Chairman & CEO of the Institute for Global Economics, opened the meeting by thanking everyone for their great commitment to organising a successful Forum.
The World Water Council has engaged in an important initiative that reviews and looks at the future of our water resources. Last week, President Ben Braga participated at the launch of the “World Water Scenarios” in Laxenburg, Austria in presence of almost 70 water experts and officials. This innovative initiative, for which the Council is one of the founding partners, seeks to create a number of different scenarios to create clearer visibility on the future of water resources by 2050 and the related policy decisions that would be required for each.
The Council’s Board of Governors gathered today for the 48th time since the organisation’s creation in 1996. It was, however, the first official meeting of the new Board since its election at the 6th General Assembly in November 2012. President Braga announced a two-day-meeting with a dense agenda and activities such as a break-out session to establish the strategic roadmap for 2013-2015. “It is very important for us to gather like this,” said one Governor.