Brazil dedicated time to concentrate on water uses and conservation methods. From March 17 to 23, the 8th World Water Forum occurredHeading 2 in Brasilia. This event captured the attention from authorities, specialists and citizens from over 180 nations. Water was on the agenda of governments, enterprises and society’s voice.
More than 100,000 people attended the world’s largest water event, who’s theme was “Sharing Water”. The participants packed the Mané Garrincha National Stadium and the Ulysses Guimarães Convention Center.
At the closing ceremony, held on Friday morning (23), Senegal received the flag of the World Water Council as the host country of the 9th Forum, in 2021.
Closing ceremony: a review of the 8th World Forum
Members of the Forum organization presented the results obtained in the 8th edition of the event during the closing ceremony. The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Reinaldo Salgado, reported on the activities of the Political Process, with emphasis on the mock International Court of Justice for Water, which was attended by members of supreme courts from six countries. In addition, the process pointed out the presence of 134 parliamentarians from 20 countries.
In addition, the 8th World Water Forum had an important innovation: the participation of the Judiciary, which is the final decision on disputes involving water resources. The Conference of Judges and Prosecutors compromised of 83 judges, prosecutors and specialists from 57 countries and resulted in the final document, the Charter of Brasilia. Benedito Braga, President of the World Water Council organizing the Forum affirms that the Charter of Brazil will be taken to Pope Francisco, who showed interest in the matter.
Torkil Clausen and Jorge Werneck, president and vice-president of the Thematic Process committee, highlighted the 95 regular sessions, all attended by women. According to Irani Braga Ramos, vice president of the committee that worked on the theme, the Regional Process sessions had a total audience of 6765 people, from 101 countries.
During the ceremony, Charité Chrétienne Pour Personnes en Détresse (CCPD), a Christian Charity for People in Need organization, based in Togo, received the Kyoto Water Prize. The organization helps individuals and community groups improve access to safe drinking water and sanitation through the construction and remodeling of drinking water and sanitation facilities. The CCPD received the equivalent of 18,000 US$, which will be used to implement the project and promote water management in Togo.
Tatiana Silva, a young representative of the World Water Council, drew attention to the capacity and potential of young people to cooperate and sent a message to the organizing committee of the upcoming Forum in Senegal. “We do not accept a World Water Forum without young people anymore”.
Senegal is the host country of the 9th World Forum
Abdoulaye Sene, president of the Committee of the 9th World Water Forum in Dakar, praised the eighth edition of the event. “The results of the Forum in Brazil teach us that sharing water requires appropriate cooperation mechanisms to build a world of peace and stability around the shared basins and aquifers,” he said.
Sene talked a little about what the public can expect in Dakar three years from now. According to him, the continent will be working in four areas: water security, cooperation, innovation and water for the rural world. The goal is to draw attention to aspects of the management and participation of society to ensure the long-term availability of water.
Content published in March 26, 2018