What is the World Water Forum?
The World Water Forum is the world's largest event on water. The 9th Forum took place from 21 to 26 March in Dakar, Senegal, the first Forum to be hosted in sub-Saharan Africa.
Why is the World Water Forum important?
The World Water Forum brings together representatives from governments, multilateral institutions, academia, civil society organisations and the private sector, and provides a platform for the international water community and key decision makers to collaborate and make long-term progress on global water challenges.
With the theme of 'Water Security for Peace and Development', the Dakar 2022 Forum focused on four priorities: water security and sanitation, water for rural development, cooperation, and means and tools, including the crucial issues of financing, governance, knowledge management and innovation.
WaterAid at the World Water Forum
At the World Water Forum in Dakar, we called on leaders to make water, sanitation and hygiene a top political priority and central to strong health systems, climate resilience and economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
We reiterated to leaders that they need to rapidly increase funding for the scale-up of sustainable water, sanitation and hygiene services, and prioritise the billions of people worldwide who currently do not have access.
Clean water. Clean hands. Save lives.
Alongside the World Water Forum, WaterAid co-hosted a hybrid workshop with Citizens Alliance. Through the event, we aimed to help cultivate the next generation of leaders to improve the capacity and outcomes of the water sector to achieve the global goal on water, through better integrity, transparency and accountability.
We also hoped to build ownership and a ‘can do’ spirit and ensure participants are forward-looking, excited and feel part of the start of something important.
- Dr Fatimatou Sall, President, Association of the Young Water and Sanitation Professionals of Senegal
- Mr Pedro Arrojo-Agudo, UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights to Water and Sanitation
- Dr Kathryn Nwajiaku, Director of Politics and Governance Programme, Overseas Development Institute
- Temple Chukwuemeka Oraeki, Board Member, Water Youth Network (Nigeria)