FT Water Summit: Global water security essential for growth
On October 12, the World Water Council, as a founding partner, participated in the second edition of the Financial Times Water Summit in London. Over 150 participants from the business, financial, and water communities gathered to share recent developments and solutions and to exchange perspectives on the ways they are contributing to reducing water risks.
Catalyzing Action at Korea International Water Week
“The first Korean International Water Week will serve to be an important platform, an important enabler for our global efforts.” World Water Council Governor Guy Fradin said at the Opening Ceremony of Korea International Water Week in Daegu, Republic of Korea. He was speaking on behalf of Council President Benedito Braga, in the presence of Kang Hoin, Minister of Land Infrastructure and Transport of the Republic of Korea.
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.
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.
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.
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.