5th World Water Forum

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The World Water Forum, which is organized by the World Water Council every three years in collaboration with the authorities of the host country, is the largest international event in the field of water. The 4th World Water Forum was held in Mexico in March 2006.

The 5th World Water Forum will be held in Istanbul, and will take place for one week ending on 22 March 2009.


About the 5th World Water Forum


The 5th Forum will revolve around the overarching theme of “Bridging Divides for Water”, underlining not only the geographical crossroads between Europe and Asia, the Middle East and Africa, North and South, but also the conceptual barriers between developed and traditional water cultures, between rich and poor, between developed and developing regions of the world. The concept of “bridging divides” implies creating enhanced understanding and improved information exchange between and amongst water users, decision-makers, and water practitioners, at local, regional and global levels, which is, indeed, key to solving water problems.

Building bridges for exchange between these contrasting perspectives will provide an opportunity to rise above differences and bring various sectors and positions closer together.

The 5th Forum also presents an important occasion to discuss and push for action to achieve the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals concerning water by 2015.

Kick-off Meeting

In order to prepare for the 5th World Water Forum (Istanbul, March 2009), a two-year preparatory process is being launched at a kick-off meeting on 19 and 20 March 2007 in Istanbul.

Participation in the Meeting

Participation in the meeting is by invitation only.

If you require assistance or would like more information concerning the kick-off or on how to participate, please contact kickoff@worldwatercouncil.org.

Agenda of the meeting

  • Monday, 19 March 2007

09:00 - 12:00: 1st Session: Technical Meeting

    • Opening
    • General presentation of the Forum's objectives and preparatory process
    • Follow up on the 4th World Water Forum
    • Discussion

12:15 - 13:45: Lunch

14:00 - 18:00: 2nd Session: Technical Meeting

    • Work on the themes, preparatory processes and format of the Forum (in small groups)
    • Synthesis

20:00 - 22:00: Dinner

  • Tuesday, 20 March 2007

09:30 - 12:00: 3rd Session: Official Kick-Off Ceremony

Official Handover and Opening of the Forum Process (for detailed programme check Official 5th World Water Forum website)

12:00 - 14:00: Refreshments and snacks

14:00 - 17:00: 4th Session: Technical Meetings

    • Programme and Regional Preparation
    • Political Process
    • Communication

17:00 - 17:30: Plenary Session

Closing Remarks

Evening: Departure for Antalya (for WWC Governors and participants in the International Conference on River Basin Management)


For more information, check The official 5th World Water Forum website



Further Readings - References - Links

 Press Release 5thWorldWaterForum.doc


The official 5th World Water Forum website

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