The World Water Council
Who are we?
The World Water Council is an international multi-stakeholder organization, created in 1996 and based in Marseille. Its working languages are English and French.
The World Water Council's mission is to gather the international community to convince decision-makers that water is a vital political priority for the sustainable and equitable development of the planet.
What do we do?
• The Council focuses its activity around 3 main areas:
Mobilize Political action and Hydrodiplomacy
Mobilize political action in order to secure the right to access to water and sanitation for all. Promote hydrodiplomacy to contribute to peace and sustainable development in the world.
Promote water security
Promote concrete answers and field responses to improve knowledge, finances and governance.
Organize the World Water Forum
Organize the world water forum in order to catalyze collective action for water and gain concrete results.
• Co-organizing the World Water Forum
The World Water Forum has become the largest international event on water. It is co-organized every 3 years by the World Water Council and a host country in a city that hosts it for a week. The 6th World Water Forum took place in Marseille in 2012, the last one in Brazil in 2018 gathered tens of thousands of participants and the next one will be held in Senegal in March 2022.
More information on the World Water Forum
• A community
The World Water Council has about 400 member organizations, which come from 60 countries across 5 continents. Together, they number millions of people and represent all constituents in the global water community.
• Members are classified into five categories, called "colleges":
1. Intergovernmental organizations:
United Nations agencies, intergovernmental institutions , international financial institutions, development banks.
2. Governments and governmental organizations :
State agencies, Ministries, local and regional authorities, municipalities, basin authorities, parliamentarian associations, national development agencies.
3. Commercial organizations
Companies and public services, including state-owned companies.
4. Civil society organizations:
Foundations, charity organizations, ONGs and environmental associations, consumers associations.
5. Professional and academic organizations:
Professional federations, universities, schools, research and training centers.
• See the full list of all member organizations by clicking here.
• The governance of the Council is derived from the community of its members who, meeting in General Assembly, each have one vote, regardless of their size and college, to elect a Board of Governors.
• The Board of Governors is the decision-making body of the Board. It elects a Board of Governors from among its members, which reports to periodically.
Read the constitution and by-laws that govern the World Water Council by clicking here.