Three major topics, dozens of concrete proposals
Marseille, France, 11 September 2019 - Through the presence of its President Loic Fauchon, the World Water Council has continued its worldwide engagement to raise political awareness on emerging water issues. For two weeks, the Council President carried the Voice of Water to major international and regional gatherings and met high-level politicians and decision-makers from around the world to push for higher consideration of water challenges in the global agenda.
The themes addressed included water for food, digital solutions for humans and nature, and financing water.
Water to feed the world
World Water Council President Loïc Fauchon addressed high-level dignitaries and thousands of delegates gathered in Bali during the opening ceremony of the 3rd World Irrigation Forum (WIF3), organized by the International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID), a founding member of the Council. The President emphasized that adapted technical solutions in agriculture can help ease pressures on water resources that are already vulnerable to growing populations and climate evolution.
Digital responses for humans and nature
Korea International Water Week opened with strong political presence from the Minister of Environment of Korea, as well as Ministers from Senegal, Algeria and Sri Lanka, the Mayor of Daegu, the Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly and other esteemed participants. President Fauchon made recommendations on preserving the balance between humans and nature and emphasized that instead of a digital divide, technology must serve humankind. He further reminded the importance of political will during the meeting of the Water Leaders Roundtable, in which over 30 high-level politicians and decision-makers from around the world participated.
Practical proposals to spur financing for water
At the start of his journey, at World Water Week, President Fauchon called for political leaders to help unlock capital for investments for ambitious water projects. “A strong signal of commitment needs to come from all levels of political governance to create the right environment that will reassure investors and attract capital.” The World Water Council proposes ten practical responses to improve financing for water.
New steps in WWC marathon to overcome world’s water challenges
It was in the same venue as the 7th World Water Forum in Daegu, Republic of South Korea, that, today, the 4th Korea International Water Week (KIWW) provided an opportunity to review the important progress that has been made on the international water agenda since 2015. Carrying the theme “Sustainable Water Management for Humans and Nature”, WWC President Loïc Fauchon applauded the organizers for bringing into the spotlight the need for this essential balance.
The KIWW was inaugurated with a strong political presence from the Minister of Environment of Korea, as well as Ministers from Senegal, Algeria and Sri Lanka, the Mayor of Daegu, the Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly and other esteemed participants. Indeed, as WWC President Fauchon recalled in his keynote speech, “Water is politics.” This was further emphasized by a meeting of the Water Leaders Roundtable which gathered over 30 high-level politicians and decision-makers from around the world to continue to strive together towards overcoming today’s water challenges.
In his keynote speech entitled “Digital water for humans and nature”, President Fauchon emphasized that instead of a digital divide, technology must serve humankind. While warning against uncontrolled and autonomous authority running amok, he also underlined that technology should be leveraged to bring citizens closer to decision-making processes.
The conference program, which runs from 4 to 7 September, is articulated around practical applications in four areas: Implementation of Solutions; Global Leadership for SDGs; Knowledge Sharing and Capacity Building; and Economic and Social Value Creation. Many World Water Council Governors are participating in the conversations, including Y. Filali Meknassi, H. Lee, J. Lee, Y. Lee, H. Park, A. Saatçi, P. Salles, E. Tardieu, and many other WWC members. As the Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly said during the Opening Ceremony, “Let’s put our heads together to solve water challenges.”