Dakar (Agenzia Fides) - The next World Water Forum, the biggest water event in the world, will be held for the first time in Sub-Saharan Africa. The ninth World Water Forum, organized by the World Water Council and the Government of Senegal, will take place in Dakar, the third week of March 2021. The theme will be "Water Security for Peace and Development". The event will mobilize world leaders, professionals and civil society in order to address the issue of access to water and sanitation and related issues in an integrated way. According to the communication sent to Agenzia Fides, 319 million sub-Saharan Africans do not have access to safe drinking water and almost 700 million do not have access to safe sanitation facilities.
The ninth edition of the World Water Forum aims to bring together politicians and actors involved in water issues around the world to gain leverage on collective action for Africa and other regions and to promote strong cooperation within the continent and the rest of the world to accelerate progress towards global goals. Climate change continues to have devastating effects globally. Droughts and floods have increased worldwide and are expected to worsen by 2030. Founded by the World Water Council, an international platform that brings together various stakeholders, the World Water Forum places water at the center of global development and wants to be a call to action to ensure future water resources. The previous editions of the World Water Forum took place in Marrakech (Morocco, 1997), The Hague (Netherlands, 2000), Kyoto (Japan, 2003), Mexico City (Mexico, 2006), Istanbul (Turkey, 2009) , Marseille (France, 2012), Gyeongju and Daegu (South Korea, 2015) and Brasilia (Brazil, 2018). (SL) (Agenzia Fides, 28/6/2018)