World Water Council President Loic Fauchon revealed the Council’s four overarching priorities for the coming years at UNESCO’s International Water Conference “Leveraging Intersectorality for Sustainable Water Security and Peace”.
The priorities are complementary to the Council’s triennial strategy and will steer the organization’s activities throughout the next two years.
- Storing water today for future needs: For water security to become a reality, the availability of the water resource must be increased by building storage space, developing desalination and encouraging water reuse. Digital innovation is key in managing demand and optimizing water consumption.
- Five finger alliance: Water is essential to almost all human activities from food to energy production, health to education. An intersectoral and horizontal approach in water management is crucial and the Council’ network of Universities for Water in Beirut is a first step in the right direction.
- Water is politics: The World Water Council must engage in active hydro-diplomacy through the prisms of knowledge, finance and governance.
- Senegal, Africa, capital of water: The 9th World Water Forum, which will be held in Dakar, Senegal, in 2021 will be key in providing visible and concrete answers to global water challenges.
Echoing the theme of the conference, President Fauchon said “Technical solutions exist. We must now convince national governments, parliamentarians, and local authorities to adopt an intersectoral and horizontal approach in managing this precious resource”.
To reinforce the messages, the World Water Council released a new video “What are you doing for water?” highlighting its priorities and calling upon decision makers for their active involvement.
Water security for world security
Marseille, France, 8 April 2019 - The World Water Council has recently been on the forefront of the international stage, meeting with leaders worldwide and advocating intensely for water to be put at the heart of political priorities.
During a three-week ‘water marathon’ which started at the OECD headquarters in Paris with Secretary-General Angel Gurria, and included a meeting with IMF’s Christine Lagarde in Washington, the Council has been engaging actively with Heads of State and major international organizations to ensure the voice of water is heard by the highest political decision makers.
“Water is politics” were the words of President Loic Fauchon in Beirut yesterday. Through these actions, the Council aims to bolster the recognition of water as a worldwide priority and catalyze action in tackling the urgency of preserving the resource.
The efforts are ongoing as the Council’s 68th Board meeting is currently being held under the auspices of the Lebanese Government in Beirut.
WWC signs joint agreement with OECD
Secretary General of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and WWC President Loic Fauchon, OECD Headquarters, Paris, France, 22 March 2019. The Council President was in Paris on World Water Day to put the final signature to the joint agreement with the OECD on the “Governance and Economics of Water Security for Sustainable Development in Africa”. The program aims to produce new data, evidence and policy guidance on water security in Africa.
Christine Lagarde receives WWC Presidents
During World Bank Water Week in Washington DC, the Council’s President, Loic Fauchon, and Honorary President, Benedito Braga, were received by Managing Director and Chair of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Christine Lagarde, to discuss intersectoral water financing, governance and pricing reform. The meeting was held at the IMF Headquarters in Washington DC, 4 April 2019.
WWC Bureau members meet Prime Minister of Lebanon
World Water Council Bureau members met Prime Minister of Lebanon, Saad Hariri, at Government Headquarters, as part of the Council’s 68th Board of Governors meeting, on 8 April 2019. The Council invited the Lebanese Government to participate in the World Water Council’s activities and the upcoming 9th World Water Forum, to be held in Dakar, Senegal, in 2021.
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