Water in the New Urban Agenda
This year, the World Water Council and other international organizations have been striving to make water a bigger focus of the conversation around cities. Notably, during last week’s UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III), the “New Urban Agenda” was adopted in the presence of a record number of attendees. This outcome document, in which water is mentioned 28 times, will provide the transformative framework for the next twenty years of sustainable urban development. It will be set into motion through the Quito Implementation Plan, where specific voluntary commitments will contribute to its achievement.
World leaders Call for Action on Water
The High Level Panel on Water issued a Call to Action last week for a fundamental shift in the way the world looks at water. The statement calls upon world leaders for immediate action on four topics including exploring innovative financing mechanisms for water sanitation and infrastructure and the recognition by world leaders of water’s role in the climate agenda. The World Water Council, who was instrumental in the creation of the Panel, will continue working closely on some of its key initiatives.
World Water Council leads the way towards increasing climate resilience through water solutions
A deeply uncertain world calls for new approaches, advocates World Water Council, calling on governments to include water in global climate agenda. On the road to COP22, the World Water Council in collaboration with Conagua and ANEAS launch a new evidence-based book to provide decision makers with solutions for adaptation plans to increase resilience and improve disaster preparedness.
African Ministers call for action on water and climate
Over 600 participants attended the international conference on “Water Security for Climate Justice” in Rabat, Morocco on 11 and 12 July, co-organized by the Government of Morocco, the Government of France and the World Water Council. Announced at CoP21 last year, the conference aimed to raise political awareness for water within climate change discussions. “Water security needs to be considered in order to moderate the injustice of climate change impacts” stated Honorary President of the World Water Council Loic Fauchon in his keynote speech.
The World Water Council at World Water Week 2016
The World Water Council designed diverse and constructive interaction with the participants at this year’s World Water Week in Stockholm around the theme of “Water for Sustainable Growth.” In particular, the Council was a co-convenor of the day-long seminar on “Financing Water for Sustainable Growth” in cooperation with the OECD, the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment of the Netherlands, the 2030 Water Resources Group, and SIWI.
20 years ago, who thought water was a global priority? We did.
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, ...
8th World Water Forum preparations get underway
Brasilia, Brazil, 27 June 2016 - "We are here together in record numbers today to highlight the importance of sharing water in the presence of representatives from across the world – from political leaders, to representatives of academia, intergovernmental organizations, civil society and business. And also the young leaders of tomorrow," announces Benedito Braga, President of the World Water Council, at the opening ceremony of the 8th World Water Forum Kick-off Meeting on Monday 27 June.