World Water Forum in Dakar: meeting the water and sanitation challenges of the 21st century (from 21 to 26.03)

The largest international event in the world on freshwater issues, the World Water Forum has been organized every three years since 1997 by the World Water Council, based in Marseille. It brings together governments, multilateral institutions, the private sector and civil society, all working together to achieve long-term progress on global water challenges.

One year from the 2023 United Nations Water Conference, this 9th Forum is a key step in making concrete political and financial commitments to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and in particular SDG 6, which aims to “Ensure the availability and management of water and sanitation for all”.

For the first time, the World Water Forum is taking place in sub-Saharan Africa, in Dakar.

This 9th Forum will focus on four prioritiesvalid for Africa and the rest of the world:

• security of water supply and treatment,

• good management to ensure rural development,

• Cooperation,

• tools and methods, including funding and governance issues.

Water: a major issue of the 21st century

Water shortages, poor quality and lack of water treatment facilities have a negative impact on food security, health, gender equality and the living conditions of disadvantaged people. According to the latest UN estimates, 2 billion people were still living without drinking water at home in 2020. 771 million people must travel at least 30 minutes from their homes to access drinking water, and more than 100 million people around the world drink without treatment. , poor quality water.

Water is an essential resource that must be protected. It is essential for food security, biodiversity, health and even peace. It is this vision that prevails in the many sustainable management and access to water projects supported by France around the world, particularly in Africa, a priority area of ​​France’s international strategy for water and sanitation (2020-2030).

We therefore look forward to seeing you in Dakar to address current water and sanitation challenges and contribute to the concrete implementation of the global water agenda.

For more information:

World Water Forum

French water and sanitation policy

AFD website: “Water and sanitation”

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