MARSEILLE, France – Senegal capital city Dakar will host the 9th World Water Forum in 2021 after being elected by the members of the Board of Governors of the World Water Council.
The 9th World Water Forum theme will be “Water Security for Peace and Development.”
Dakar was unanimously approved by vote conducted during the 60th meeting of the Board of Governors held in Marseille. The vote remains “conditional” upon the signature of an agreement between the World Water Council and the hosts of the 9th Forum so as to specify their terms of agreement.
Gathering every three years more than 20,000 participants, the World Water Forum is one of the world’s largest water events, bringing together international organisations, political leaders, parliamentarians and mayors, representatives of civil society, water professionals and scientists.
Benedito Braga, president of the World Water Council, said: “I am glad to see the World Water Forum coming back to Africa after the very first Forum in Marrakesh in 1997. The 2021 edition will be a first in the sub-Saharan region, where collective and innovative solutions to water and sanitation challenges are greatly needed.”
The next World Water Forum, being held for the first time in the southern hemisphere, is planned for spring 2018 in Brasilia, Brazil, under its central theme “Sharing Water.”