10th World Water Forum Concludes With Global Commitments and Collaborations

10th World Water Forum Concludes with Global Commitments and Collaborations
Indonesian Minister of Public Works and Housing Basuki Hadimuljono (left), accompanied by the President of the World Water Council Loïc Fauchon, waved the World Water Council flag as a sign of the 10th World Water Forum has concluded.

The 10th World Water Forum, which took place at the Bali International Convention Center (BICC) Nusa Dua, Bali, concluded on Friday, May 24, 2024. During the closing ceremony, Indonesian Minister of Public Works and Housing and Vice Chairman of the 10th World Water Forum, Basuki Hadimuljono, and World Water Council President, Loïc Fauchon, handed the World Water Council flag to Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Minister of Water, Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture, Abdulaziz Al Shaiban.

The forum resulted in a ministerial declaration that provided a clear direction in addressing global water challenges. It also saw the adoption of Indonesia’s proposal for World Lakes Day, the establishment of a Center of Excellence on Water and Climate Resilience, and the inclusion of integrated management of water resources on small islands. Additionally, various other initiatives aligned with the United Nations Water Action Agenda.

In his remarks, Loïc Fauchon acknowledged the ratification of the Ministerial Declaration, which outlined 113 clean water and sanitation projects valued at USD 9.4 billion. These projects were supported by 33 countries and 53 international organizations. He expressed gratitude to the Indonesian government and its people for their support in successfully hosting the 10th World Water Forum.

Minister Basuki stressed the importance of fostering collaboration among stakeholders and emphasized that the initiatives outlined in the ministerial meeting must be implemented for the benefit of society.

During the event, Minister Basuki also congratulated Iffah Rachmi, the coordinator of Youth Sanitation Concern, for being awarded the Kyoto World Water Grand Prize 2024.

The 10th World Water Forum drew 64,000 participants and visitors from 160 countries. It featured 278 discussion sessions and 254 booths at the fair and exhibition. Additionally, 200 members of parliament from 49 countries and a total of 150 representatives of local and regional authorities from 23 countries, as well as 847 representatives of sub-regions, were in attendance.

The 11th World Water Forum is scheduled to take place in Saudi Arabia in 2027.