China joins global water movement

MARSEILLES, France, July 27, 2009 -- With a growing water shortage and piloting new solutions to water stress, China is at the forefront of the world water quest...

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MARSEILLES, France, July 27, 2009 -- With a growing water shortage and piloting new solutions to water stress, China is at the forefront of the world water quest. To connect to the global water community and enlarge its capacity to deal with the water challenge, the Chinese Ministry of Water Resources joined the World Water Council last week.

Chinese Ministry of Water Resources joins World Water Council.

It was during an official visit to China that representatives from the World Water Council met with senior officials from the Chinese Government. "China is ready to increase cooperation with the World Water Council to jointly cope with water-resource challenges," said Chinese Vice Premier, Hui Liangyu. "This agreement unfolds a new chapter of co-operation between the Ministry of Water Resources and the World Water Council," added the Minister of Water Resources, Chen Lei.

With the aim to promote sustainable water management and improve access to water and sanitation, the agreement comes at a time at which China is more and more visible at the international level as demonstrated during the 5th World Water Forum last March. "China is increasingly present around the world to contribute to solving water issues. It is the right time to establish a more permanent presence of Chinese water expertise and know-how at the international level," said Loïc Fauchon, President of the World Water Council.

To this extent, the World Water Council and the Ministry of Water Resources met with the Vice Mayor of Shanghai to define how wise water use can be promoted during the Shanghai World Expo 2010 that focuses on 'Better City, Better Life'. The Ministry of Water Resources will also second staff members to the World Water Council secretariat to strengthen the bilateral relations.

The World Water Council is an independent, international organization that promotes sustainable water management throughout the world. It has more than 300 member organizations including Governments, non-governmental organizations, businesses, professional networks and research institutions, based in over 60 countries.

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