In 2015, the 7th World Water Forum, the largest water-related event in the world will take place in Daegu & Gyeongbuk of Korea. The World Water Forum is a large-scale international conference that is held every three years since 1997 in cooperation with the public, private sectors, academia, and industries. It was first launched in an effort to facilitate international discussions on global water challenges.
Every three years, the World Water Forum mobilizes creativity, innovation, and know-how around water. Serving as a stepping-stone towards global collaboration on water challenges, the Forum is a unique multistakeholder platform where the water community and the policy and decision makers from all regions of the world can work together to find joint solutions. It is the largest international event which seeks to advance the cause of water.
Water is one of the most basic element for the survival and happy life of humanity. However, many people around the world are suffering from water shortage and poor sanitation. Also, water issues have been a major concern in the 21st Century.
At this juncture, it is highly significant that Korea will host the 7th World Water Forum, where stakeholders from about 170 nations gather in Daegu & Gyeongbuk to discuss water challenges. In particular, the Science & Technology Process is newly included in the 7th Forum in order to make sure the implementation of solutions drawn from the previous editions of the Forum.
In the coming decades, our ability to build a water-secure future will depend upon our capacity to turn future challenges into opportunities. By guaranteeing water security, we will guarantee security in many other domains as well. Indeed, access to water and sanitation is not only an end in itself, but a tool for improving livelihoods, for empowering women and girls and giving them access to education and for preventing disease.
Water security also means using water wisely for providing food and energy, for generating green growth and economic sustainability, for increasing resilience to global changes, and for safeguarding the environment.
Moreover, good governance, sufficient capacities, and adequate financial flows are all necessary for the implementation of so many solutions identified during the previous editions of the World Water Forum.
The 7th World Water Forum will be an opportunity to recognize resolving water challenges as our shared responsibility, which is important to economic development, social inclusion, and sustainable environment.