The 6th Forum will raise the major issues facing States from around the world, both in developing and developed countries. As the world must address growing global change, be it in developing or developed countries, water is progressively taking center stage globally and in our daily lives. Lack of access to water and sanitation results in a multitude of negative effects on the population, on economy, and on the environment; not to mention problems linked to climate change such as floods and droughts.
The time has come to learn to share this resource and make it available to all. Building on previous forums, the 6th Forum is focused on giving voice to water and providing concrete solutions to the challenges of the water sector. It will be based on technical expertise, regional networks, and political commitments in order to concentrate on solutions that really help advance the cause of the water. It will focus on sustainable solutions and suggest effective and concrete goals that could also be used at other major, global events, such as Rio +20.
Why did you choose to present this Forum specifically as the forum of solutions?
The previous forums, organized every three years since 1997, have produced a wealth of demonstrative information on social issues linked to water. They have been largely responsible for placing water on political agendas. Today, it is time for solutions, time to bring together the various industry professionals and decision makers to discuss, in a friendly and open fashion, of the direction to be taken. We must involve the private sector, non-governmental organizations, academics, professional associations, and all those tied to the water sector who are ready to take on concrete and credible efforts.
This forum will present a multitude of solutions that the parties involved in different water sectors have implemented at the local and regional levels to address the effects of global change and its impacts on water. The Forum will also highlight the know-how of water specialists, of local communities, and water managers; demonstrating the level of commitment of decision makers in their search for the best practices in terms of water management.