Hopes high as Water Forum kicks off

The World Water Forum opened on Monday with demands to bring clean water and sanitation to billions in need and to address worsening scarcity and waste. Mark Smith, Head of IUCN's Water Programme was impressed by the opening and has high hopes for a positive outcome.

The natural flow of the Zarqa river in winter, in a section which is dry in Summer due to over-extraction of ground water. Upstream part of the Zarqa, Jordan. Photo: Mufleh Abbadi / IUCN

The World Water Forum, held every three years, gathers policymakers, corporations and NGOs. As many as 20,000 participants from 140 countries are expected for the six-day event, including scores of ministers for the environment and water from developing countries and several heads of state from francophone Africa.

Mark Smith gave his reaction to the tone set by the opening ceremony.


So what would be the best outcome possible for the World Water Forum. Mark Smith explains.


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