Marrakesh 1997

    Maroc 2000

    1st World Water Forum, Marrakesh, March 1997

    "Vision for Water, Life and the Environment"


    • First Session: 


    Perspectives on World Water

    • Mr. Nitin Desai, Under-Secretary-General for the United Nations Department for Policy Coordination and Sustainable Development (represented by Mr. Pierre Najlis): The role of fresh water in sustainable development
    • Mr. Hassan Abouyoub, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Morocco: Water and globalization of trade
    • Mr. Ismail Serageldin, Chairman, Global Water Partnership: Partnership for international water management
    • Mr. Bo Kjellen, Swedish Ambassador to the United Nations: Comprehensive Freshwater Assessment
    • Mr. Mohamed Benmejdoub, Director, Rotary International: Water and the Rotary International
    • Mr. Asit K. Biswas, Chairman, Technical Program Committee, World Water Council: Lessons learned since Mar del Plata
    • Mr. Anthony Milburn, Executive Director, International Water Quality Association: The need for a blue revolution
    • Mr. Jon Lane, Director, Water Aid: Governments and NGOs: partners for the next millennium


    • Second Session: 


    On the Road Toward a Long-Term Vision for World Water

    • Chairperson: Mr. Hassan Abouyoub, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Morocco
    • Co-Chairperson: Mr. Ismail Serageldin, Chairman, Global Water Partnership
    • Baroness Chalker, Minister for Overseas Development, United Kingdom: Putting water policy development into practice
    • Mr. A. Meziane Belfkih, Minister of Public Works, Morocco: Integrated water management
    • Mr. Kader Asmal, Minister of Water Affairs and Forestry, Republic of South Africa: Water resources management in Africa
    • Mr. H. Martin Lancaster, Assistant Secretary, Department of Defense, USA: Water policy of the US Army Corps of Engineers
    • Mr. Ranjith Wirasinha, Executive Secretary, Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council: The need for a long-term vision in the water supply and sanitation sector
    • Mr. Herman E. Roo, International Hydropower Association and Board Member of ADELCA: Prospects for Hydropower development:: a perspective from Latin America
    • Mr. Aly Shady, President, International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage: Water and agricultural development


    •Third Session: 


    The challenges of the 21st Century - Celebration of World Water Day

    • Mr. Jacques Diouf, Director General of FAO: Water and food security
    • Mr. Anders Wijkman, Assistant Administrator UNDP Chairperson: Mr. A. Filali, Prime-Minister, Morocco
    • Welcoming address by Mr. A. Filali, Prime-Minister, Morocco
    • Mr. Kofi Annan, Secretary General of the United Nations (represented by Mr. Jin Yongjian, Under-Secretary-General for the United Nations Department for Development Support and Management Services): Water and the United Nations
    • Mr. Federico Mayor, Director General of UNESCO: Water and Civilization
    • Mr. James Wolfensohn, President of the World Bank (represented by Mr. Ismail Serageldin, Vice-President): The World Bank water resources management: policy and priority
    • Mr. James Gustave Speth, Administrator of UNDP (represented by Mr. Anders Wijkman, Assistant Administrator): Water, energy and environment
    • Mr. G.O.P. Obasi, Secretary General of WMO: Climatic changes and global fresh water management

    Celebration of World Water Day 1997

    Hosts: Prime Minister, Mr. A. Filali, Mr. F. Mayor, Mr. G.O.P. Obasi and Mr. M. Abu-Zeida


    • Fourth Session: 


    The challenges of the 21st Century

    • Mr. O. Kabbaj, President of the African Development Bank
    • Mr. Mitsuo Sato (represented by Mr. Pierre Uhel, Vice-President)
    • Mr. Abdellatif Y. Al Hamad, President of the Arab Fund for Social and Economic Development
    • Mr. J. M. Martin, Director, European Commission: European Task Force, Environment and Water
    • Mr. Jérôme Monod, President of La Lyonnaise des Eaux: The role of the private sector in water management
    • Mr. Alex Taylor, President of Agra Industries Ltd.: The role of consulting firms in promoting public/private partnerships
    • Mr. David McDowell, Director General of IUCN (represented by Mersie Ejigu): Freshwater and biodiversity
    • Mr. Mahmoud Abu-Zeid, Chairman of the World Water Council: Marrakech Declaration


    • Closing Ceremony

    Sunday, March 23, 1997 / Technical Visits

    Monday, March 24, 1997 / Meeting of the Board of Governors of the World Water Council

    • Tuesday, March 25, 1997 / Start of Study Tour in Morocco (three days-optional)