On 30 November and 1 December 2018, more than 250 members from 35 countries gathered in Marseille, France to attend the 8th General Assembly which marked the end of the mandate and presidency of Benedito Braga and allowed the definition of the main lines of action for the next three years.
On the eve of COP24, and at the outcome of the 8th General Assembly, the Board of Governors has unanimously elected Loïc Fauchon as President of the World Water Council. Dr. Arvind Kumar President India Water foundation a nonprofit civil society organization was elected from the entire South Asia region on the Board of Governors of World Water Council 2019-2021. IWF works at the regional and sub-regional level to encourage the use of Integrated Water Resources Management and Integrated Water & Environment Management and water-energy-food nexus approaches to sustainable development into national policy at national and regional levels
“The water situation is fragile, and this situation is even more critical as we have the responsibility to provide water for tomorrow’s needs while meeting today’s demand. This also requires sharing water for humans as much as for the environment,” said Loïc Fauchon.
The President of the World Water Council will have the opportunity to state his priorities on Friday 7 December 2018 at COP24 in Katowice, Poland, for a special Water Event, where he will be providing concluding remarks
The World Water Council brings together a diversity of organizations mobilized to advance the water cause by involving UN agencies, the World Bank, governments, NGOs, public and private companies, and universities. Through their experience and know-how, the Council’s main mission is to provide practical responses to the global water crisis.
Loïc Fauchon has appointed Asma El-Kasmi, Director of Cooperation and Communication of the National Office of Electricity and Drinking Water of Morocco, as Vice-President to support the implementation of the strategy.
About the World Water Council
The World Water Council (WWC) is an international multi-stakeholder platform organization, co-organizer of the World Water Forum, whose mission is to mobilize action on critical water issues at all levels, including the highest decision-making level, by engaging people in debate and challenging conventional thinking on water security. The Council focuses on the political dimensions of water security, adaptation and sustainability.
About the World Water Forum
The World Water Forum is the world’s largest event on water. Organized every three years with a host country, the Forum provides a unique platform where the water community and key decision makers can collaborate and make long-term progress on global water challenges. The Forum brings together participants from all levels and areas, including politics, multilateral institutions, academia, civil society and the private sector, among others.
The 8th edition of the Forum was held in 2018 in Brazil and gathered more than 10,000 participants under the theme “Sharing Water”. The next edition will take place in Dakar, Senegal, in March 2021.
Providing responses to global water crises
Loïc Fauchon, elected President of the World Water Council will state his priorities on Friday 7 December 2018 at COP24 in Katowice, Poland, for Water Day.
- Today, 40 % of the world’s population is impacted by the lack of water (1)
- By 2025, half of the world’s population will be living in water stressed areas (2)
- 80 % of countries indicate a lack of financing to reach their national goals on access to drinking water (3)
By 2035, energy use will increase by 35%, resulting in an increase in water use of 85% (4)
A new strategy to respond to water crises
The Board of Governors will oversee the implementation of a strategy focused on water security, access to water and sanitation, energy, health, and education.
This work will be incorporated into the preparations of the 9th World Water Forum, which will be held in Dakar in 2021 in partnership with the Senegalese government.