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Every three years, the World Water Forum mobilizes creativity, innovation, and know-how around water. Serving as a stepping-stone towards global collaboration on water challenges, the Forum is a unique multistakeholder platform where the water community and the policy and decision makers from all regions of the world can work together to find joint solutions. It is the largest international event which seeks to advance the cause of water.

Water is one of the most basic elements for life. In all corners of the globe, shortages of water and sanitation persist. Consequently, nations throughout the world have started to secure clean and safe water resources while protecting their citizens against water-related disasters. International organizations are also developing water-related issues and discussions. Now, water issues are not matters of a single region or nation, but matters that requires global solidarity and joint counter-measures.

Tackling water challenges has become a global topic for the 21st century. Water issues have been political issues in many nations, while interested parties (governments, the academic world, private organizations and interest groups) have strived to find solutions to address global water challenges. Indeed, the World Water Council (WWC), an international organization consisting of water-related organizations, governments and international organizations was founded in 1996 to provide a forum for global water issues.

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In 1997, the year following its foundation, WWC created the World Water Forum so that interest groups from all over the world may gather together and jointly discuss water issues.

The World Water Forum is the world's largest meeting on water. Every three years since 1997, WWC has held each World Water Forum on or around World Water Day (March 22nd). The World Water Forum consists of at least three processes: the Political Process, the Thematic Process and the Regional Process, while gathering officials, legislators and local and regional authorities from more than 150 nations. Each topic is developed in cooperation with the private sector, governments, industry, IGOs, NGOs and academic groups into a common framework of goals and concrete targets to reach.

Forum Overview

  • Participants

    international organizations, governments, public and private companies, universities, NGOs…
    (more than 20 thousand participants)

  • Period

    One week around World Water Day (Mar 22nd)
    (The first World Water Forum was held in 1997.)

  • Venue

    A host country and city selected by the 36 WWC Governors

  • Preparatory Process

    Approx. 2 years. (regular meetings and reports are made during the preparation)

Main Programs

Program Processes

  • 01 Thematic Process

    Consists of fundamental discussions and exchanges on how to progress on the world's water challenges

  • 02 Regional Process

    Draws from experiences in every corner of the world

  • 03 Political Process

    Provides opportunities for discussion and commitments among and between political representatives

  • 04 Science & Technology Process

    Shares experiences and know-hows and demonstrates new technologies

Other Components

  • 01 Citizen's Forum

    Offers various programs designed by civil society organizations to raise awareness on water and seek solutions together

  • 02 The Fair & Expo

    Also provides various opportunities for engagement

  • 03 Water Prizes

    Rewards positive actions in the field of water and raise public awareness for global water issues

  • 04 Side Events

    Numerous on-site side events organized during the Forum week

Previous Fora

  • 1st World Water Forum
    (Marrakesh, 1997)

    • Theme: Vision for Water, Life and the Environment
    • Participants: About 500 entries from 63 countries
  • 2nd World Water Forum(The Hague, 2000)

    • Theme: From Vision to Action
    • Participants: About 5,700 entries from 114 countries
  • 3rd World Water Forum(Kyoto, 2003)

    • Theme: A Forum with a Difference
    • Participants: About 24,000 entries from 183 countries
  • 4th World Water Forum(Mexico City, 2006)

    • Theme: Local Actions for a Global Challenge
    • Participants: About 20,000 entries from 168 countries
  • 5th World Water Forum(Istanbul, 2009)

    • Theme: Bridging Divides For Water
    • Participants: About 33,000 entries from 192 countries
  • 6th World Water Forum (Marseille, 2012)

    • Theme: Time for Solutions
    • Participants: About 34,000 entries from 173 countries