World leaders and business met in Davos this week just as the World Economic Forum’s Global Risks Report revealed environmental factors as the most devastating risks to business and society and the most likely. Another major risk identified in the report are water crises, which are listed among the 5 most damaging risks, confirming a trend that started 8 years ago.
The World Water Council, together with key partners, many of whom are members of #ClimateIsWater, was actively engaged in enhancing and recognizing the essential role of water as a crucial resource to achieve the climate goals of the Paris Agreement during the United Nations Climate Change Conference (CoP24), taking place in Katowice, Poland from 3 to 14 December.
On 1 December, the World Water Council announced its new Board of Governors, which will oversee and guide the Council’s work for the coming three years. The elections took place during the triennial General Assembly on 30 November and 1 December for which upwards of 250 participants from 35 countries gathered in Marseille, France.
Today, World Toilet Day, is about inspiring action to tackle the global sanitation crisis. Around the world 4.5 billion people live without a safe toilet, and 892 million practice open defecation. The consequences of exposure to human feces on this scale are devastating for public health, living and working conditions, nutrition, education and economic productivity across the world. Basic sanitation is widely recognized to have positive impacts on health and the economy, so why don’t cities do more to improve their sanitation systems?
Today, more than half the world’s population live in towns and cities. Demographic growth and migration may only exacerbate this trend and by 2050, 70% of the population could be living in urban areas. If we do not take the right measures, rapid urbanization will outpace formal planning. Cities and urban dwellers will be over-exposed to weather-related hazards and will be left with inadequate water and sanitation services. The consequences will be devastating for public health, economic productivity and the surrounding ecosystems.
On 17 October 2018, President Braga chaired a Round-table Meeting of Leaders of Water-related International Organizations in Beijing, China, convened to celebrate the 60th anniversary of WWC member, China Institute of Water Resources and Hydropower Research (IWHR). The discussions, held in the presence of Mr. Xuebin Tian, Vice-Minister of Water Resources of China, centered around the subject of Connectivity for an Innovative Water Future.
Sunday, 14 October 2018, at the Opening Ceremony of the First Water Week in Cairo, Loïc Fauchon, Honorary President of the World Water Council and President of the Société des Eaux de Marseille, spoke in front of some 20 Ministers and more than 40 international delegations, along with His Excellency Mustafa Madbouli, Prime Minister of Egypt, Mr. Mohamed Abdel Aty, Egyptian Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation, and the Deputy Secretary General of the UN.
The Cairo Water Week is considered as the biggest water-related event in Egypt and is planned to be organized annually by the Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation in collaboration with national, regional and international partners. It aims to promote water awareness and foster innovative approaches to face the most pressing water- related challenges, keep updates on global movements to address water challenges and identify modern tools and techniques for managing water resources. The Week starts its first edition this year with the main theme “Water Conservation for Sustainable...