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Thematic Process

Feature

The Thematic Process is a core process of the World Water Forum, where various domestic and international stakeholders including governments, scholars, research institutes, businesses and civil society gather to select and discuss a wide range of themes such as climate change, disasters, and green growth.

Implementation, the core value of the 7th World Water Forum, will be materialized through the implementation roadmaps drawn from the Thematic Process. The utilization of various action tools will enable us to have feasible solutions to the social, environmental, and economic issues before us.

In combination with the Science and Technology Process, concrete tools and technologies will particularly demonstrate the way forward. The most suitable policies and systems will be realized through cooperation with the Political and Regional Processes. All these intricate and joint efforts will contribute to concrete and integrated implementation roadmaps, which will become a valuable outcome of the 7th World Water Forum.

Operational structure

Under the Thematic Process Commission, which oversees the Thematic Process, Working Groups for each theme will be constituted to generate content in a collaborative manner. The main tasks of the Working Groups will be to identify issues and organize sessions around those issues. Each group will consist of five to seven organizations from Korea and abroad. The Design Groups will also oversee the work of its Session Groups organized around each issue. You can find the Design Group list here, which was announced in June 2014. The Session Groups will be formed by August 2014.

Concept chart for Working Group and Session

Themes

The Forum's 16 Themes aim to identify which priority subjects require immediate attention as seen through a lens of implementation, and which action tools are most appropriate for affecting change. Not only building the future we want, but also identifying engines for change and sharing knowledge are our main goals to advance further towards implementation.

The framework consists of 'action goals' and 'action tools'. To achieve sustainable development through water in accordance with its three main pillars, 'action goals'will touch on various subjects from social, economic, and environmental perspectives. 'Action tools' encompass concrete and tangible ideas relating to real implementation that can be applied in a broad scope.

The Thematic Framework
ACTION TYPES PILLARS THEMES(16)
ACTION GOALS
The Future We Want
1. Water Security for All 1.1. Enough Safe Water for All
1.2. Integrated Sanitation for All
1.3. Adapting to Change : Managing Risk and Uncertainty for Resilience and Disaster Preparedness
1.4. Infrastructure for Sustainable Water Resource Management and Services
2. Water for Development
and Prosperity
2.1. Water for Food
2.2. Water and Energy
2.3. Water and Cities
3. Water for Sustainability : Harmonizing Humans and Nature 3.1. Green Growth, Water Stewardship and Industry
3.2. Managing and Restoring Ecosystems for Water Services and Biodiversity
3.3. Ensuring Water Quality from Ridge to Reef
3.4. SMART Implementation of IWRM
ACTION TOOLS
Engines For Change
4. Constructing Feasible Implementation Mechanisms 4.1. Economics and Financing for Innovative Investments
4.2. Effective Governance : Enhanced Political Decisions, Stakeholder Participation and Technical Information
4.3. Cooperation for Reducing Conflict and Improving Transboundary Water Management
4.4. Water Cultures, Justice and Equity
4.5. Enhancing Education and Capacity Building

Special Program

The Thematic Process has two special programs to shed light on implementation: the Action Monitoring System (AMS) and the Water Showcase.

The Action Monitoring System will continue to keep track of progress on the implementation roadmaps. Design Groups, which are in charge of each theme and devise the roadmaps, will periodically access the AMS after the 7th World Water Forum and post information on progress in the system in order to make sure valuable ideas presented in the 7thWorld Water Forum are not lost and are successfully implemented and monitored by the international community. The progress on the roadmaps will be collected via the AMS, and the results will be available at the 8th World Water Forum.

The Water Showcase will house many interesting and innovative case studies around implementation. All ideas collected will be divided into 3 categories (Success, Failure, and outside the water box). Among them, the most intriguing cases will be selected and presented at a special session of the 7th Forum. In addition, three will be selected through a public vote of session participants and will receive additional award at the 7th Forum Closing Ceremony.

Participation

The Thematic Process welcomes everyone who wants to share their ideas and offer their cases to the Water Showcase. If you want to participate in the thematic process, please read below:

1. Session Participation
If you want to organize a session, or participate in a session, please select a theme that is the most intriguing to you out of 16 Thematic Framework themes and make an inquiry to a Design Group in charge of the theme.
2. Idea Sharing
For those who want to share their ideas around water issues, please go to the Virtual Forum for a lively discussion.
3. Water Showcase Participation
If you have intriguing cases related to water – success/failure stories, and/or cases outside the water sector – please submit your case to the Water Showcase.