“Water security is probably the greatest human challenge of this century – it is at the heart of a daily crisis faced by millions… It is also the lifeblood of our economy, our environment and our very wellbeing,” said World Water Council President Benedito Braga at the closing plenary of this year’s World Water Week in Stockholm. The theme of this year’s 25th edition was Water and Development, and the Council was actively represented throughout the week at a number of sessions and debates.
On the occasion of World Water Week, the World Water Council signed two agreements extending collaboration with its Korean partners. The agreements were signed just after a special session that was convened by the World Water Council and the 7th World Water Forum secretariat to present the major outcomes of the 7th World Water Forum. A first agreement was signed between the World Water Council and K-Water on the important role technology and big data can play in smart water management.
The World Water Council has announced it is founding partner for the first edition the Financial Times Water Summit. The event will take place in London on 27 October and will bring together the financial community as well as large corporates and political leaders, to focus on collaborative ways in which companies around the world are working with the broader water community to deal with scarcity and enable growth.
14 November 2015 - Marseille, France – Benedito Braga has been elected to serve his second term as President of the World Water Council, on the occasion of the Council’s triennial General Assembly, which is taking place in Marseille, France. This morning President Braga said “I am honored that the World Water Council has placed their faith in me for another term as President. Working closely with our members we have been able to make water a global and local priority. However, there is still much to be done.
The 7th General Assembly of the World Water Council has elected the Council’s Board of Governors that will serve a three-year mandate until 2018. The elections took place during the triennial General Assembly of WWC Members in Marseille, France where over 250 persons from 40 countries have gathered.
The Board will support President Benedito Braga over the next three years to implement a strategy focused on water security, adaptation, and sustainability, which has been adopted today during the 7th General Assembly.
Davos, Switzerland, 21 January 2016 – The Secretary-General of the United Nations and the President of the World Bank have announced today their intention to form a new panel to mobilize urgent action towards the sustainable development goal for water and sanitation (SDG6) and related targets. The announcement was made at the World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Meeting 2016 and comes days after WEF’s Global Risk Report 2016 lists water as the number one global risk of highest concern in the next ten years, and fifth year in a row as a top three global risk of highest impact.
Earlier this month, the World Water Council reached out to the 7th World Water Forum Implementation Roadmap Champions in order to provide strong inputs, on behalf of the water community, to the preparatory process of the United Nations High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), which will be held from 10 to 19 July 2017. Catalyzing the strong determination of the global water community to implement collective actions on priority water-related issues, the Roadmaps and DGIC Champions benefit from a strategic and comprehensive vision relative to various water related issu
The idea of forming a ‘world water council’ to unite efforts in global water management was first proposed in 1992 at the UN Conference on Environment and Development in Dublin and at the first Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro. Over the next few years, there was much discussion and debate to establish the vision, objectives and scope of activities for such an organization. This culminated with the creation of the World Water Council, which was registered in Marseille in June of 1996. This year, 2016, the World Water Council is proud to celebrate its 20th anniversary.
This year’s World Water Day on the theme of “water and jobs” provides the perfect opportunity to highlight some of the main conclusions of World Water Council’s program on Water and Green Growth, conducted with the Government of the Republic of Korea from 2010 to 2015. This cooperation led to the launch of its final report at the 7th World Water Forum in April of last year.
World Water Council organizes the 2nd International Conference on Water and Climate: Fostering dialogue on the road to CoP23
Following the success of the first International Conference on Water and Climate "Water Security for Climate Justice" held in Rabat in July 2016, the World Water Council, with the support of the CoP22 Chair as represented by the State Secretariat for Water of the Kingdom of Morocco, and with the collaboration of other international partners, is organizing the second edition of the event on 3-4 October in Marseille, France.