IUCN has been elected to the Board of Governors of the World Water Council (WWC) during its 5th General Assembly in Marseille, 14-16 October
The General Assembly elected 35 member organisations to serve on the Council’s Board over the next 3 years. IUCN's election demonstrates the confidence of Water Council members in the work of IUCN, as well as the commitment to the environment within the Council. As an advocate for nature, IUCN will represent its worldwide membership, strengthening regional voices and including its network stretching across the Americas, Asia, Oceania, Africa and the Middle East.
With a seat on the World Water Council Board of Governors, IUCN looks forward to support the 6th World Water Forum as a platform with global impact for the world water community, and building innovative cross-sectoral partnerships to catalyse global action on water. IUCN intends to work alongside other members of the global water community to mobilise increased attention to confronting and solving water challenges at global, national and local levels. By working with sector leaders and facilitating links with other sectors, IUCN aims to encourage the championing by the WWC of sustainable water management that will meet current and future economic, social and environmental challenges.
Head of the IUCN Water Programme, Dr Mark Smith, has been actively involved with the Council since the 4th World Water Forum in 2006 and will represent IUCN on the Board of Governors.
IUCN was a founding member of the World Water Council in 1996. In a spirit of close cooperation with fellow members, IUCN has been instrumental in shaping the World Water Council’s agenda for a water secure world.