Mobilisation for the Brazil Water Week online
The international water community was mobilised for the 3rd edition of the Brazil Water Week - BWW 2022, which took place from May 23 to 27 in a virtual mode.
The World Water Council was present at this important event and its President, Loïc Fauchon, was invited to speak at the opening session.
The Brazilian Water Week is Organised by the Brazilian Association of Sanitary and Environmental Engineering - (ABES) and aims to promote issues related to water use and sanitation in national and international discussions.
This new edition was widely acclaimed by many participants - professionals, academics, and local Brazilian technical and scientific communities - who came to discuss 7 key themes: water, health, and sanitation for all; Circular Economy; Planning and Regulation; Effective Management, Development of International Cooperation and Training; Financing; Environment; Climate Change and Sustainability.
Loïc Fauchon, President of the World Water Council, spoke at the opening session; he recalled the four essential points of water as a linkage between peace and development, as detailed at the 9th World Water Forum in Dakar in March 2022:
The first is water security: more water but less consumption.
The second is the right to water, a collective and individual right that will gradually become a daily reality.
The third is financial. Primarily, the cancellation of the water debt for the poorest countries and cities. Secondly, the creation of a "blue water fund" dedicated to water security.
Finally, the fourth concern is around the establishment of clearer and stricter rules for international mediation through good governance of transboundary basins.
These actions can be summarised in four words: security, law, financing, and diplomacy.
Through them, water must unite and not divide."