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Overview

  • Synthesis Report
    More than three years of preparatory process leads us - excited, still nervous - to present this set of diverse sessions and programs.
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  • Final Report
    More than three years of preparatory process leads us - excited, still nervous - to present this set of diverse sessions and programs.
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Called "The World's Biggest Gathering on Water," the World Water Forum has been held every three years since 1997 and is the largest international event on water.

This year, the 7th World Water Forum took place in Daegu and Gyeongju in the Republic of Korea over six days from April 12th to 17th under the overarching theme of Water for Our Future.

The 6th Forum produced over 1,000 solutions which called for implementation; now was the time for action. Thus, the 7th Forum adopted implementation as its core value. To produce tangible results based on this core value, the 7th World Water Forum introduced new components such as the Science and Technology Process and constructed mechanisms like the Action Monitoring System for future follow up. Like previous forums, this Forum also emphasized the democratic participation of stakeholders from diverse levels and backgrounds.

The 7th World Water Forum was jointly organized by the Republic of Korea and the World Water Council together with Daegu Metropolitan City and Gyeongbuk Province.

Over 46,000 participants from water-related government agencies, international organizations, NGOs, academia, corporations, and media representing 168 countries attended approximately 400 sessions, making the 7th World Water Forum the largest in Forum history.

This year’s Forum produced several meaningful outcomes for the international water community. In the Grand Opening Ceremony, President Park suggested the creation of the “Daegu-Gyeongbuk Water Week,” prompting the commitment and cooperation from relevant organizations to realize this event.

Additionally, 106 high-ranking government officials including Ministers and Vice Ministers, 6 Speakers of Parliament, 4 Vice-Speakers of Parliament, and 71 members of Parliament discussed water-related political issues at the Forum. Furthermore, representatives of national governments, local governments, public institutions, international organizations, and corporations signed 21 MOUs, and leaders held approximately 50 bilateral and multilateral meetings, creating a venue for cooperation on water issues.

At the EXPO and Fair side event, government agencies and water-related corporations from 39 countries presented innovative ideas in 1,015 booths. There were 19 national pavilions in which 21 countries participated, as well pavilions hosted by water-related corporations, international organizations, and NGOs which showcased water policies and cutting-edge technology and products from around the world.