This postponement is due to the progression of the Covid-19 pandemic throughout the world, which has halted the preparatory process and forced the postponement of the organization of the preliminary events to ensure the best health conditions for the stakeholders.
As a reminder, this next edition of the Forum, placed under the theme of “Water Security for Peace and Development”, will be the first to be held in Sub-Saharan Africa. It will provide a platform for professionals and decision-makers to address the priority of accelerating and expanding access to water and sanitation for all. In an era marked by Covid-19, the Forum will also contribute to building a resilient world where water is a central element serving the basic needs of people and the planet.
The World Water Council expresses its gratitude and thanks to the President of the Republic of Senegal, His Excellency Mr. Macky SALL, for his commitment and constant support to ensure that the Forum is organized in the best conditions and achieves its objectives. This commitment confirms Senegal’s commitment to water issues, which should be a source of peace and not of conflict.
It is also an opportunity to thank the partners and the many actors from all over the world who have been mobilized in the preparatory process, especially in the elaboration of the thematic content. They have already done a remarkable job and are invited to continue their efforts to make the 9th World Water Forum a historic success.
This exceptional mobilization will be punctuated in 2021 by numerous preparatory events on all continents to place water at the center of political decisions.
Senegal and the World Water Council remain mobilized with their partners to ensure the holding in Dakar of a Forum, including a summit of Heads of State, responding to the political priorities for the preservation and management of this threatened major resource.