Celebrating 20 years of Achievement in 2016

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.

The World Water Council today is comprised of over 300 members from governments, research institutions, NGOs, private industry, and intergovernmental organizations. Its flagship event, the World Water Forum, gathers over 30,000 participants every three years from some 170 countries to collectively promote awareness, build political commitment and trigger action on critical water issues at all levels.

Benedito Braga, President of the World Water Council said: “Our Council is now more visible on the international stage. Much of this success is due to the efforts of our members. The involvement of our members is particularly important in building the largest international event on water – the World Water Forum, the largest and politically the most relevant event on water in the globe.

On the occasion of its 20th anniversary, the World Water Council will organize special events all year long and will provide communication tools to its members. For more information, please contact us : membership@worldwatercouncil.org

Save the Date

12 July 2016 at the Singapore International Water Week 2016 

Special event on the occasion of the 20th  anniversary of the World Water Council and the 10th  anniversary of the Asia-Pacific Water Forum. This event will also be the occasion to discuss the theme of Water and Urbanization, the role of Integrated Urban Water Management and linkages with other important urban planning sectors. This anniversary celebration, hosted by PUB, Singapore's National Water Agency during the Singapore International Water Week, will be followed by a toast and commemorative photo.

Location: Marina Bay Sands, Level 3, Begonia Jr 3011
Time: 2 to 3 pm
Contacts: wwc@worldwatercouncil.org and office@apwf.org 

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30 August 2016 at the World Water Week in Stockholm

Special members event on the occasion of the 20th  anniversary of the World Water Council and of the Global Water Partnership.

November 2016 at the annual WWC Members Meeting in Marseille 

Members meeting on the occasion of the 60th Board of Governors to be held on 

More information to come


World Water Council Secretariat
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13002 Marseille
Phone: +33 4 91 99 41 00 or +33 4 91 99 41 05