6th World Water Forum: Marseille 2012

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The World Water Forum is an initiative of the World Water Council (WWC), which aims to raise the awareness of water issues around the world. As the more important international event on the subject, the Forum aims to foster the participation and the dialogue of multiple actors with the purpose to influence in the elaboration of policies development at global level, ensuring a better quality of life for the humanity around the world and a more responsible social behavior towards water use, in congruence with the goal to reach a sustainable development.

TheWorld Water Forums are built on the base of the knowledge, experience and consumptions of various organizations very active in the world of the water. Is an iniciative founded on the principlesof collaboration, association and innovation.

Every three years since 1997, the World Water Forum mobilises creativity, innovation, competence and know-how in favour of water. It gathers all stakeholders around today's local, regional and global issues that cannot be undertaken without all stakeholders into a common framework of goals and concrete targets to reach.

The goal of the 6th World Water Forum is to tackle the challenges our world is facing and to bring water high on all political agendas. There will be no sustainable development while the water issues remain unsolved. Everywhere on the planet, for all and everyone, the Right to Water (recognised by 189 states at the UN one year ago) must be guaranteed and implemented.

Key datas:

  • 140 ministerial delegations
  • More than 180 countries represented
  • Over 800 speakers
  • 25 000 participants expected
  • Over 400 hours of discussions and debates
  • Over 250 sessions and panels and about 100 Grassroots & Citizenship events
  • Regional Trialogues organised among Ministers, Parliamentarians and Local/ Regional Authorities.
  • High Level Roundtables






CS3.1 & EU10 Science and Water Policy Interface: When Science and Innovation Meet Water Policy

EU11 Getting Specific: Adapting Water Policy and Legislation to the Specificities of European Outermost Regions

EU2 The European Legislation and the Objective of Good Status: Challenges and Solutions in the Way Towards Healthy Waters

EU5 Inland Waterways, a Multi-usage Network

EU7 The Importance of Access to Drinking Water and Sanitation for European Vulnerable Populations

EU4 Develop a Water Friendly Agriculture in Europe.

EU8 Promoting Sustainable Financing of Water and Sanitation: Applying the "3Ts" Framework (Tariffs, Taxes and Transfers) in Europe

2012, European Year of Water

EU9 Protection and Restoration of River Ecosystems

EU6 Balancing Water Framework Directive & Renewable Energy Directive Requirements

EU1 Transboundary Water Cooperation: Towards a Borderless Improvement of Water Management

EU Synthesis - "A Mobilised and United Europe Facing Water's Challenges": Mobilising to Cope with Future Water Challenges and Solidarity with Neighboring Countries and the Whole World


AM2.1 Top-Down or Bottom-Up Approaches to Water-Based Climate Change Adaptation in the Americas: the 'Chicken And Egg' Syndrome (I)

AM3.2 Water Governance in the Americas: How Does it Contribute to Achieving Better Financial, Environmental and Social Sustainability Goals

AM1.1 Human Right to Water and Sanitation! And NOW What? Multi-stakeholder Dialogue on Implementation of the Human Right to Water and Sanitation

AM2.2 Top-Down or Bottom-Up Approaches to Water-Based Climate Change Adaptation in the Americas: the "Chicken and Egg" Syndrome (II)

AM3.1 Water Governance in the Americas: the Perspective of Legislators for the Consolidation of Water-Related Regulatory and Institutional Reforms

AM5.1 & AM5.2 Harmonising Water and Energy: the Water-Energy Nexus in the Americas

AM1.2 Universalization of Access to Both Water and Sanitation in the Americas: Challenges and Directions to Follow as Well as Innovative Solutions and Successful Experiences Towards this Goal

Latin America and Caribbean´s Regional Input as Contribution to build the International Water Stewardship Standard (IWSS)

AM4.2 Sustainable Food Security through Increased Agricultural Productivity by the Use of Treated Wastewater or Low Quality Water

AM Synthesis (Part 1 & 2)

AM6.1 Ecosystem Services: Green Infrastructure that Support Integrated Water Resource Management

Universalisation of Water and Sanitation in Latin America

AM4.1 Sustainable Food Security through Increased Productivity of Rainfed and Irrigated Agriculture

Special Focus Session: Water in the US American West: 150 Years of Adaptive Strategies

Mediterranean Region

MED1.1 & MED1.2 Water Demand Management in the Mediterranean

MED3.1 Deciphering Water Governance: IWRN plans and water efficiency strategies in mediterranean countries - addressing complexities and promoting replicable solutions

MED4.1 Industrial Wastewater Management in the Mediterranean

MED4.2 Financing the collection and treatment of industrial and urban wastewater in the Mediterranean

MED3.2 Involving All Water Stakeholders to Adapt its Governance to the Climate, Political, Socio-Economic and Environmental Changes in the Mediterranean

MED Synthesis (I) - Mediterranean Synthesis: Water Demand Management (Priority 1) and Governance (Priority 3) in the Mediterranean

MED Synthesis (II) - Mediterranean Synthesis and Mediterranean Water Forum: from Marrakech to Marseille and the Future