10th World Water Forum

Bali, Indonesia | 18-24 May 2024

The World Water Forum is the largest international gathering in the water sector involving various stakeholders, which has been co-hosted by the World Water Council and a host city. The Forum is held every three years and has been taking place since 1997. The World Water Forum is not just a conference: it includes a three-year preparation phase (preparatory phase), a one-week event (event phase), and a presentation of the results (synthesis phase) with ongoing support for collective action.

The Forum brings together participants from all levels and areas, including politics, multilateral institutions, academia, civil society and the private sector, among others. Over the years, the number of people participating in the Forum has grown from a few hundred to tens of thousands, from both the international community and host countries.

On 18th to 24th of May 2024, the heads of state, the heads of international organizations, high level government officials, experts, scholars, entrepreneurs and economists from all over the world will share their knowledges, experiences, and practices regarding a wide range of topics related to water.

Please visit the World Water Forum webpage for more information.

AWP at the World Water Forum

AWP in partnership with the Pacific Community (SPC) will be co-convening the below three sessions under the Asia-Pacific Regional Process. Further information on speakers and locations will be available closer to the Forum dates.

RP9. Water security and Pacific SIDS

Small Island Developing States (SIDS) of the Oceania Sub-Region continue to endure some of the lowest levels of access to safe water and sanitation of any region in the world and remain disproportionately impacted by the water-related impacts of disasters and climate change – including floods and drought that continue to impact the sub-region in the months leading up to this Forum. Latest data gathered by Pacific Island Countries and Territories indicate that approximately half of the Pacific population lives without access to basic drinking water facilities, and more than two thirds live without access to basic sanitation. These whole-of-Pacific numbers remain relatively stagnant compared to other global regions that have seen significant improvements in access over the past decade.

While every Pacific Island Country and Territory remains active in improving the water security of their vulnerable communities, in many cases these efforts are not keeping pace with the pressures of population growth and movement, disaster setbacks and the accelerating impacts of climate change. If current trajectories persist, millions of Pacific islanders will continue to endure water insecurity for generations to come, with profound implications for public health, socio-economic development, food and energy security, the environment, and human rights. The scale of the challenge for the region as a whole requires a fundamental recalibration of government priorities and investments, along with a meaningful shift in the scale and type of support provided by development partners.

This session will provide a space for Pacific Island Country and Territory representatives to convey stories of Pacific resilience, including local water security solutions that harness traditional knowledge and governance systems. The session will highlight the importance of accelerated support to empower Pacific communities to establish, operate and maintain safe and resilient water and sanitation systems throughout all conditions.

RP10. Strengthening engagement in water security to support Pacific resilience

The resilience efforts of Pacific Small Island Development States (SIDS) have historically been hampered by generally low levels of engagement in water security compared to other sectoral issues, and inadequate consideration of water security issues in regional frameworks and decision-making processes. While the significant economic, health and environmental benefits of improved water and sanitation have been well demonstrated, the issue often doesn’t receive the levels of attention proportionate to both the scale of the challenge and its critical role in supporting Pacific resilience.

Similarly, while the issue is framed by the region’s established high level regional policy frameworks, these are yet to realise their full potential in driving and monitoring the urgent water security action required across multiple sectors and stakeholders. In response to this challenge, Pacific water and resilience stakeholders have come together under the umbrella of the Pacific Resilience Partnership to develop a regional engagement strategy on water security as both a resilience issue and resilience solution.

This session will showcase the key findings of the Engagement Strategy (to be finalised in the months before the 10th World Water Forum) and present recommended actions to strengthen the integration of water security considerations as a critical component of Pacific disaster and climate resilience. The integration of water security approaches into the disaster risk reduction and climate adaptation efforts is a global challenge, and this session will explore Pacific case studies and experiences that will likely be relevant to other regions. Participants will have the opportunity to connect with water security actors and stakeholders from the Pacific and examine the potential of new and strengthened water security partnerships to support Pacific resilience.

RP11. Climate-resilient sanitation in Pacific Small Island Developing States

Pacific Small Island Developing States (SIDS) face a unique set of threats including sea level rise, frequent tropical cyclones, coastal inundation, and droughts. Pacific Leaders have repeatedly recognised the threat of climate change to the livelihoods, security and wellbeing of its people and Pacific Foreign Ministers declared a climate emergency in July 2022, calling on all development partners to prioritise climate action. The Pacific is also one of the most off track regions globally for meeting SDG6.2 – clean water and sanitation. About 70% of our Pacific population live without access to basic sanitation, and open defecation rates in Papua New Guinea are increasing faster than any other country in the world. The Pacific population is the world’s least urbanised, and establishment and maintenance of safe sanitation services is challenged by long distances, limited resources and services, and complex supply chains.

While the links between climate change and water are increasingly recognised, the links between climate change and sanitation have not received the same attention. Sanitation is essential for poverty alleviation, human and ecosystem health and underpins sustainable development and climate resilience. Current efforts to improve sanitation in the Pacific are not sufficient to address these challenges, and a step change is needed in both the level of investment and priority given to sanitation by decision makers at all levels, and by our region’s international partners in development and resilience. This session will examine opportunities to place sanitation within the framework of climate change to better focus on what is needed to meet SDG6 targets under changing climatic conditions. Participants will connect with Pacific representatives and hear local stories of resilient sanitation solutions, drawing on examples of community governance, traditional knowledge, adaptation planning, appropriate infrastructure, and sustainable financing (including access to climate financing).

 

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Bali, Indonesia | 18-24 May 2024 The World Water Forum is the largest international gathering in the water sector involving various stakeholders, which has been co-hosted by the World Water Council and a host city. The Forum is held every three years and has been taking place since 1997. The World Water Forum is not just a […]

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