The World Water Forum is the world’s largest event devoted to water. Internationally known, it is organized every three years by the World Water Council in conjunction with the authorities of the host country and city (in the case of the 8th edition, the hosts were Brazil and its capital Brasilia).
The Forum’s mission is “to promote awareness, build political commitment, and trigger action on critical water issues at all levels, to facilitate the efficient conservation, protection, development, planning, management, and use of water in all its dimensions on an environmentally sustainable basis for the benefit of all life.”
The event seeks to sum up the vision of a wide range of actors from different sectors (governments, businesses, nongovernmental organizations, the academia, and civil society), with a view to firmly establishing the water theme on the international political agenda.
As a whole, the World Water Forum consists of three phases: the preparatory phase, which is a three-year process prior to the event; the weeklong event; and the follow-up of results.
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Previous Forum editions were hosted by the following countries and cities: Marrakech, Morocco, 1997; The Hague, The Netherlands, 2000; Kyoto, Japan, 2003; Mexico City, Mexico, 2006; Istanbul, Turkey, 2009; Marseille, France, 2012; and Daegu and Gyeongbuk, South Korea, 2015. Figure 1 shows the geographical distribution of the previous Forum editions, and that the eighth edition was the first to be held in the Southern Hemisphere.
World Water Council (WWC) – established the World Water Forum. The WWC is an international multi-stakeholder platform, created in 1996 at the initiative of renowned water and international organizations specialists, in response to an increasing concern of the global community about worldwide water issues.