news : WEF report exposes urgency to increase water financing

    World leaders and business met in Davos this week just as the World Economic Forum’s Global Risks Report revealed environmental factors as the most devastating risks to business and society and the most likely. Another major risk identified in the report are water crises, which are listed among the 5 most damaging risks, confirming a trend that started 8 years ago.

    publication : Water Infrastructure for Climate Adaptation: The Opportunity to Scale up Funding and Financing

    Financing water infrastructure will be both essential and urgent for countries to adapt to climate challenges and implement national commitments embodied in the NDCs. Jointly released by the World Water Council and the Global Water Partnership, the report ‘Investing in Water Infrastructure for Climate Adaptation: Innovative financing and funding models’ explores investments designed to increase our societies’ resilience through water infrastructure (WI4A).

    publication : Strategy : Water Security, Sustainability and Resilience

    This publication presents the strategic orientations endorsed by the WWC General Assembly for the period 2019-2021. It includes initiatives around water security, water and climate change, resilient communities and human settlements, financing water, and IWRM. In addition, it does not overlook the Council’s work on World Water Forums, creating relationships with key political actors, or valuing our members, all while seeking to strengthen our communications, governance and administration.

    publication : TRIENNIAL REPORT 2016-2018: Striving for Water Security

    The 2016–2018 triennium delivered some of the most fruitful outcomes in the history of the World Water Council. Over the three years, the nine Council Task Forces and Working Groups launched ten new initiatives, drafted upwards of 50 publications and participated in over 80 events, including the United Nations High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development in July 2018. The 8th World Water Forum, held in Brasilia in 2018, broke previous records.

    news : For Safe Toilets for All, Embrace Change!

    Today, World Toilet Day, is about inspiring action to tackle the global sanitation crisis. Around the world 4.5 billion people live without a safe toilet, and 892 million practice open defecation. The consequences of exposure to human feces on this scale are devastating for public health, living and working conditions, nutrition, education and economic productivity across the world. Basic sanitation is widely recognized to have positive impacts on health and the economy, so why don’t cities do more to improve their sanitation systems?

    news : Better Water, Better Cities

    Today, more than half the world’s population live in towns and cities. Demographic growth and migration may only exacerbate this trend and by 2050, 70% of the population could be living in urban areas. If we do not take the right measures, rapid urbanization will outpace formal planning. Cities and urban dwellers will be over-exposed to weather-related hazards and will be left with inadequate water and sanitation services. The consequences will be devastating for public health, economic productivity and the surrounding ecosystems.

    news : President Braga Chairs Round-table Meeting of Water Leaders in Beijing

    On 17 October 2018, President Braga chaired a Round-table Meeting of Leaders of Water-related International Organizations in Beijing, China, convened to celebrate the 60th anniversary of WWC member, China Institute of Water Resources and Hydropower Research (IWHR). The discussions, held in the presence of Mr. Xuebin Tian, Vice-Minister of Water Resources of China, centered around the subject of Connectivity for an Innovative Water Future.

    news : First Cairo Water Week

    Sunday, 14 October 2018, at the Opening Ceremony of the First Water Week in Cairo, Loïc Fauchon, Honorary President of the World Water Council and President of the Société des Eaux de Marseille, spoke in front of some 20 Ministers and more than 40 international delegations, along with His Excellency Mustafa Madbouli, Prime Minister of Egypt, Mr. Mohamed Abdel Aty, Egyptian Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation, and the Deputy Secretary General of the UN.