World Water Forum 2015: Call for greater government, industry collaboration
On April 12-17, the World Water Council will host its 7th World Water Forum at the Daegu EXCO in the province of Daegu-Gyeongbuk, Republic of Korea, where thousands of water experts and industry professionals will convene to facilitate discussions on global water challenges.
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA, April 9, 2015 -- On April 12-17, the World Water Council will host its 7th World Water Forum at the Daegu EXCO in the province of Daegu-Gyeongbuk, Republic of Korea, where government ministers from 170 countries, responsible for water and management of national water policies, will join thousands of water experts and industry professionals to facilitate international discussions on global water challenges.
As delegates gather, the International Water Association (IWA), the global network of water professionals working to deliver equitable and sustainable water solutions, is calling for bold, collaborative action from governments and policymakers, business and community leaders, and academics and practitioners to address the critical actions required to ensure global water sustainability at a time of unprecedented challenges: rapid urbanization, population growth, water availability for food and energy, climate change, and increased water scarcity.
According to IWA, theWorld Water Forum should be a timely catalyst for real change. Individual countries, through their government ministries, can step up and commit to more progressive and ambitious national agendas, delivering institutional reforms and transforming water management through legislation and regulation that stimulates a transition to sustainability and resilience. At the same time, water industry professionals, scientists and engineers must each play their part by influencing and driving policy through innovations in practice and technology.
"The water risk facing the world has never been greater. Yet, through collaboration and determination on the part of all stakeholders, there are clear opportunities to address water challenges and deliver a sustainable water future for all," said Ger Bergkamp, IWA executive director. "Water solutions will play a key role in addressing climate change, societal and economic development, population growth, urbanization, and food and energy security. We all have a stake in the future of water sustainability; we must all be more ambitious in capturing opportunities and promoting new solutions to water challenges for an overall sustainable world."