At least 6,700 representatives from more than 150 countries were invited to attend the 8th World Water Forum in Brasilia from March 18-23. The central theme will be debated in more than 250 sessions, with the participation of civil society, public and private companies, universities and non-governmental organizations from around the world.
"The forum is very important, because it is the first time that it takes place in the South of Ecuador, in a developing country, where we intend to have a strong political mobilization around the theme of water, with discussions that can be shared with participants of the sectors. The event is a living movement, with a very important preparation process, which discusses problems that need to be solved, "said the president of the World Water Council, Benedito Braga, in a presentation forum, at the headquarters of the Brazilian Association of Infrastructure and Industries in São Paulo.
According to the organizers, the World Water Forum - which is held every three years - on the initiative of the World Water Council, is a space for dialogue and exchange of experience and good practices related to water use. The focus on sustainability aligns the event with the Sustainable Development Goals for drinking water and sanitation, an agenda defined by the United Nations, which proposes targets to be reached globally by 2030.
According to the coordinator of the 8th World Water Forum, Glauco Kimura, the thematic grid was developed based on global agreements on water and climate, natural disasters and the goals of sustainable development.
"There will be nine themes, six of them central and three transversal themes. The centers will be climate, people, development, urban, ecosystems, finance. The other three are sharing, governance and empowerment. " Each topic will unfold in topics, reaching 32 in total, generating 95 thematic sessions.
The discussions are divided into four categories: high-level panels (with maximum representatives), regular sessions (proposed by processes), special sessions (with prominence relevant), side events (commercial products that organizations can acquire and develop an event provided it is aligned with the thematic grid).
"By our preview of the programming grid, we will have 313 sessions, of which 18 high level panels, 33 political sessions, 18 citizens, 55 special, 61 regional, sustainability and maybe 30 parallel events, which are still open registrations. The whole grid is important and interesting for Brazil, "said Kimura.
In this edition, the novelty is the Citizen's Village, free space and open to the population, with debates, exhibitions, lectures, cinema, crafts, talk shows and gourmet space. The village will be set up at the Mané Garrincha National Stadium, near the venue, the Ulysses Guimarães Convention Center. In the place, interactive activities will be developed with playful exhibitions, lectures, open air cinema and artistic presentations, always from 9am to 10pm.
The previous editions were held in Marrakesh (Morocco, 1997), The Hague (Holland, 2000), Kyoto (Japan, 2003), Mexico City (Mexico, 2006), Istanbul (Turkey, 2009), Marseille Gyeongju and Daegu (South Korea, 2015).