news : International High Level Panel on Water announces outcomes to alert the world to the severity of global water issues

    The High Level Panel on Water (HLPW) has released their outcomes report on water issues following two years of deliberations. The Panel, co-convened by United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and President of the World Bank Group Jim Yong Kim, highlight the reality that 2.5 billion people worldwide already live in water-scarce regions. 

    news : King Hassan II Great World Water Prize awarded to OECD at the 8th World Water Forum

    The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) was awarded the 6th King Hassan II Great World Water Prize by the Government of Morocco and the World Water Council at the 8th World Water Forum in Brasilia, Brazil. This award, one of the highest distinctions in the water sector, recognizes excellence in “cooperation and sound management in the development and use of water resources”, with OECD receiving $100 000 USD alongside the prize.  

    news : World leaders and thousands of experts gather at the opening of the 8th World Water Forum

    More than 840 million people worldwide, or 1 in 9, do not have access to safe water, and 2.3 billion, or 1 in 3, lack access to a toilet. “Around the world, more people have mobiles phone than toilets,” explains Matt Damon, water activist and actor. In a global effort to avoid widespread water crises and to improve access to safe drinking water and sanitation globally, the World Water Council organizes the 8th edition of its World Water Forum, which is taking place in Brasilia from 18 – 23 March, coinciding with World Water Day. 

    news : Join us in Brasilia!

    The 8th World Water Forum is just a week away! Join us in Brasilia, where the World Water Council is involved in 24 key activities including five high-level panels, three special sessions and major political events, such as the International Conference for Local and Regional Authorities for Water. The Council is also a proud partner of the Hassan II Great World Water Prize and Kyoto World Water Grand Prize which will be handed out at the Opening and Closing Ceremonies.

    news : WEC and WWC join forces to encourage public policy to address the “water-energy nexus”

    At the 6th World Water Forum held this week in Marseille, France, Pierre Gadonneix, Chairman of the World Energy Council (WEC), and Loïc Fauchon, Chairman of the World Water Council, announced their commitment to cooperate in the long-term to promote greater energy efficiency in the management of water, recognise and improve energy usage in the water sector, and facilitate cross-sector dialogue. Read Press Release.

    news : Building the foundations for the 7th World Water Forum

    1 September 2013, Stockholm, Sweden - “The 7th World Water Forum must help to strive towards water security for human needs, for economic development and ecologic sustainability, while generating the political will to make those ambitions a reality,” Council President Benedito Braga said on Sunday at the 7th World Water Forum seminar that took place in Stockholm, Sweden on the 1st day of World Water Week. Together with the co-chair of the 7th World Water Forum International Steering Committee and Council Governor Mr.

    news : President of the World Water Council promises “continuity with change and innovation”

    Brazilian Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Benedito Braga, was elected President of the World Water Council on Monday 19 November during its 6th General Assembly. The 36 members of the Board of Governors unanimously chose him to shoulder this important responsibility. “Thank you for your confidence,” Mr. Braga said and promised to work closely with the elected Board and the members. “It is an important challenge you have given me.

    news : High-Level International Conference on Water Cooperation

    21 August 2013, Dushanbe, Tajikistan. “Fostering international cooperation through joint water management will guarantee not only water security, but it will more importantly guarantee social, economic, environmental and political security,” President of the World Water Council, Benedito Braga, said during his statement at the opening plenary of the High-Level International Conference on Water Cooperation on  Tuesday. It was in the presence of the President of Tajikistan H.E. Emomalii Rahmon, the President of the 68th UN General Assembly Mr.

    news : Access to water and sanitation: a priority for African local authorities

    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


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