World Water Council Members Celebrate 20 Years of Achievement
The idea of 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 1st Earth Summit in Rio. 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 Council today is comprised of more than 300 members from governments, research institutes, NGOs, industry and intergovernmental organizations. Its flagship event, the World Water Forum, gathers over 30K participants every 3 years from ~170 countries. Benedito Braga, World Water Council President said: “Our Council is now more visible on the international stage. Much of this success is due to the efforts of our members."