King Hassan II Great World Water Prize

    Grand Prix Hassan II



    The Hassan II Great World Water Prize, is one of the most prestigious and globally recognized prizes. It contributes to creating global awareness and taking concrete measures to promote the cause of water.

    Jointly established by the Kingdom of Morocco and the World Water Council, this Prize pays tribute to the memory of His Majesty the late King Hassan II, and to his strategic vision for His country’s sustainable integrated water resources management, in addressing the Kingdom’s water security.

    This Prize is awarded every three years during the opening ceremony of the World Water Forum. On this occasion, a trophy and a certificate are awarded to the winner who benefits from international recognition and visibility. As such, the value of the prize is increased from 100 000 to 500 000 USD by the High Will of His Majesty King Mohammed VI.

    For this edition, the theme chosen is «Water security in territories for sustainable development and food security».

    The aim is to ensure water security throughout the world, on a territorial level, to enable sustainable and equitable development of populations while preserving nature, protecting the health of populations, and promoting agricultural policies suited to food security. After Kyoto in 2003, Mexico City in 2006, Istanbul in 2009, Marseille in 2012, Daegu-Gyeongbuh in 2015 and Brasilia in 2018, for the seventh time the Prize will be awarded at the 9th World Water Forum which will be held in Dakar, Senegal, on 21 March 2022.



    Nominations for the King Hassan II Great World Water Prize are currently closed.



    Any additional supporting document related to the specific theme of this edition, i.e. «Water security in territories for sustainable development and food security», may be attached to the candidate’s file and will be considered at the final selection stage by the Panel of Judges.


    The Prize may be awarded to either an individual, a group of individuals, an institution or an organization recognized by the Jury members as having a major through any project, initiative, innovative experience or research work or project to develop new approaches or techniques to ensure water security and climate justice. The contribution may be scientific, economic, technical, environmental, social, institutional, cultural or political.
    The evaluation of the application will be based on the following selection criteria:
    •    The King Hassan II Great World Water Prize rewards the candidate’s excellency and distinguished achievements in the fields relating to the specific theme of the Prize.
    •    Such excellency can assume the form of either an enduring work or the performance of an outstanding one- off achievement.
    No preference will be given to the candidate’s nationality, sex, language, profession or religion.


    The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) was awarded the 6th King Hassan II Great World Water Prize by the Government of Morocco and the World Water Council at the 8th World Water Forum in Brasilia, Brazil. During the opening ceremony of the 8th World Water Forum, Angel Gurria, the Secretary-General of the winning organization, described receiving this prize as a great honor.

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    Contact informations:

    World Water Council
    Secretariat of the King Hassan II Great World Water Prize 
    Espace Gaymard
    2-4 place d'Arvieux
    13002 Marseille
    Tel: +33 4 91 99 41 00
    Fax: +33 4 91 99 41 01