The World Water Council (WWC), host country Senegal and host city Dakar have announced plans for the ninth triennial World Water Forum, scheduled for 22-27 March 2021 with the theme “Water Security for Peace and Development”.
The event is the first of its kind in sub-Saharan Africa and will focus on the United Nations 2030 Agenda for transformative action. The announcement cites four priorities for the event: water security and sanitation, cooperation, rural development, and means tools.
This "First Announcement", released 14 January, states that “the ninth World Water Forum in Dakar will mark a break with the institutional organisation of past fora. It will focus on ….a limited number of priorities integrating the previous tools of the processes: thematic, political, regional, citizen".
The goal of Senegal and the World Water Council in 2021 is to organise “a Forum Catalyst for Action on commitments on water and sanitation, a Forum connected with the SDG agendas, platforms and commitments, the Sendai Agreement on Natural Hazards and Disasters, the Paris Climate Agreement, Africa's Agenda 2063, etc, and a contextualized, global and local Forum, anchored on the main water challenges of Africa and the world".
World Water Fora bring together participants from all regions and activities, including politics, multi-lateral institutions, academia, civil society and the private sector. The event provides a platform where the wider water community and key decision makers can collaborate and make long-term progress on global water challenges.
A "Dakar 2021 Initiative" will aim to generate commitments and actions to accelerate progress, in particular for the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
In addition, a Summit of Heads of State and major international institutions is planned to “advance the international political agenda at the mid-point of the 2030 agenda with regard to the implementation of water and sanitation targets and sustainable development objectives. The recommended approach aims to make "Dakar 2021" a Forum for responses, for demonstrating results, a political Forum with the involvement of Heads of State and Government.”
The World Water Council (WWC) is an international multistakeholder platform organization that focuses on the political dimensions of water security, adaptation and sustainability and works towards increasing the awareness of high-level decision makers on water issues. It seeks to position water at the top of the global political agenda.