International Relations

10th World Water Forum

  • The World Bank study, “Water for Shared Prosperity,” was presented during the 10th World Water Forum in Bali, Indonesia.
  • It highlights the growing disparity in access to water resources and services, worsened by causes such as population expansion, urbanisation, and climate change.

About the World Water Forum:

  • It is a large-scale worldwide gathering centred on the discussion and development of solutions to global water concerns.
  • It’s held every three years. The inaugural forum was held in Marrakech, Morocco, in March 1997.
  • It is organised by the World Water Council, an international organisation.
  • It brings together stakeholders from a variety of sectors, including governments, organisations, corporations, and academics, to raise awareness, create political commitment, and spur action on vital water challenges at every level. 

What is the World Water Council?

  • The World Water Council was created in 1996.
  • The WWC concept arose from talks during the 1994 International Water and Sanitation Congress & Exhibition, as well as the 1996 Ministerial Conference on Drinking Water and Environmental Sanitation.
  • WWC’s operations are focused on SDG 6 goals, among others. 
  • The Council was founded by famous water professionals and worldwide organisations such as academic institutions, commercial enterprises, governments, and non-governmental organisations (NGOs).
  • The Council’s principal goal is to promote awareness of essential water issues at all levels, including the highest decision-making levels, in order to support effective conservation, protection, development, planning, management, and use of water resources across the world.
  • Membership: The WWC has a broad membership base of about 300 organisations from around 50 countries. 

Key Functions and Contributions:

  • World Water Forums: This is the world’s largest gathering on water, bringing together people from all sectors to discuss and collaborate on water concerns.
  • Policy Influence: The WWC attempts to shape policy by enabling interactions among political and economic leaders.
  • Research and Advocacy: The WWC promotes better knowledge and awareness of water concerns through its publications, policy papers, and strategic initiatives. 

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