8TH WORLD WATER FORUM: LEGACY FOR THE CITIZEN

8TH WORLD WATER FORUM: LEGACY FOR THE CITIZEN

The eighth edition of the World Water Forum was the largest ever held. And not just for the numbers, but especially for the compromises that this edition leaves as a legacy.

When Brazil submitted its candidacy to host the 8th Forum, a commitment was established with the Citizen. With the one who drinks water. One who is not necessarily engaged in social movements, but who is essential and whose involvement makes the difference.

In addition to its well-known traditional agenda of more than 10,000 participants from over 170 countries and approximately 2,000 media professionals, it involved officials, academics, members of parliament and the judiciary, representatives of public and private companies, gathered in over 350 technical events, the eighth edition innovated, promoting the most inclusive forum ever held.

For the first time, a space totally dedicated to the citizen, completely free, which provided over 110,000 visitors unique experiences, such as debates and high-tech interactions and even a Film Festival, which together brought to the public water-related issues such as human rights, water and sanitation, rational use of water, water scarcity, among others.

The “Citizen Forum” also left its message.

A document containing ten principles that are part of its Legacy, emphasizing ideas around sharing, ecosystem integrity, water culture, broad and decentralized participation in decision-making, and, as a seed for the future, water management in all its aspects, considering women and youth in their fullness.

We cannot miss the opportunity brought by this edition and do not to record the commitments made by everyone to a shared, participatory and decentralized management of this resource so important to our lives.

Responsible and conscious use of water is not only necessary, it is indispensable, especially for future generations.

May the Citizen Forum Legacy be effective and efficient.

 

 

RICARDO ANDRADE

Executive Director of the 8th World Water Forum.
Civil Engineer, Director of the National Water Agency and Honorary Governor of the World Water Council.

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