World Water Forum
From 12 to 17 March 2012, France will host the 6th World Water Forum in Marseille. This is the largest international meeting dealing with water issues; every three years, it brings together more than 10,000 participants from every country in the world. The ministerial conference scheduled for 13 March 2012 is one of the Forum’s key events and is being organized by the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs.
To prepare the World Water Forum’s ministerial statement, the representatives of the ministers invited to the Forum, the relevant international organizations and major civil society groups will meet at France’s invitation at UNESCO headquarters in Paris on 5 and 6 December for the First Preparatory Committee Meeting of the Ministerial Process of the 6th World Water Forum.
As part of this ministerial process, France wants to make the Marseille event “a time for solutions” and a milestone in preparing the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20). Water must be placed at the heart of all the issues on the agenda at Rio+20: for the green economy in a context of sustainable development and poverty eradication, in the institutional framework of sustainable development, and in the discussions under way on the objectives of sustainable development.
France’s commitment is based on strong policies and an acknowledged expertise on water at national level, on resolute support for the implementation of the right to water and sanitation for all, and on cooperation over shared water resources at international level./.