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Fifth World Water Forum
5th World Water Forum

16-22 March 2009 | Istanbul, Turkey

A view of Istanbul from the venue.
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Highlights for Tuesday, 17 March 2009

On Tuesday, participants convened in plenary to hear a keynote address by the Crown Prince of Japan. They attended the Americas and European regional presentations, high-level panels on water and disasters and on finance, and sessions related to the themes “global change and risk management” and “governance and management.” The OECD launched its report on financing, and a technical experts panel on water and the financial crisis was also held. The Children’s Forum came to an end, while the Youth Forum, side events and the Water Fair and Expo continued.
Keynote Lecture by HIH the Crown Prince of Japan
L-R: UN Under-Secretary-General Sha Zukang; Prince of Orange Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands; Naruhito, Crown Prince of Japan; Han Seung-soo, Prime Minister, Republic of Korea; and Hong Soja, his wife
Naruhito, Crown Prince of Japan, welcomed the Action Plan on water and disaster.
Han Seung-soo, Prime Minister, Republic of Korea; and his wife Hong Soja
L-R: Naruhito, Crown Prince of Japan, and Han Seung-soo, Prime Minister, Republic of Korea
Han Seung-soo, Prime Minister, Republic of Korea
L-R: Prince of Orange Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands, and Ahmet Mete Saatçi, Vice Secretary General, 5th World Water Forum
L-R: UN Under-Secretary-General Sha Zukang; and Prince of Orange Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands
Loïc Fauchon, WWC President
A participant listens to Han Seung-soo’s speech.
Han Seung-soo, Prime Minister, Republic of Korea, highlighted the need to increase global resilience.
Region Americas
L-R: State of Mexico Governor Enrique Peña Nieto; Maria Concepcíon Donoso, UNESCO’s International Hydrological Programme; Jorge Rucks, Argentina; Tomás Vaquero, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, Honduras; José Machado, Brazilian National Water Agency; Horace Chang, Minister of Water, Jamaica; Patricia Aquing, Caribbean Environmental Institute; José Luis Genta, Uruguay; and Gerald Sehlke, American Water Resources Association
State of Mexico Governor Enrique Peña Nieto said innovative approaches are needed to address the growing burden of recharging and transporting water.
During the opening session, Maria Concepcíon Donoso, UNESCO’s International Hydrological Programme, introduced representatives from the sub-regions of the Americas to report on key sub-regional outcomes.
Patricia Aquing, Caribbean Environmental Institute
José Luis Genta, Uruguay
Launch of the OECD Report on Pricing and Financing
The dais during the launch of the OECD Report.
Loïc Fauchon, WWC President
L-R: Lorents Lorentsen, Director of the OECD Environment Directorate; and Angel Gurría, Secretary-General, OECD
Gérard Payen, Chair, Finance Group of UNSGAB
Arjun Thapan, Director General, Asian Development Bank
Hasan Sarikaya, Undersecretary, Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Turkey
From right to reality - good government practices for implementing the human right to water and sanitation
The dais during the presentation by Kerubo Ikioga, Centre On Housing Rights and Evictions, Kenya.
Santha Sheela Nair, Ministry of Rural Development, India, emphasized that people need to ensure that the right to water is recognized as a human right, and a right for all life.
Kerubo Ikioga, Centre On Housing Rights and Evictions, Kenya, emphasized that legal entitlement is a prerequisite to gaining benefits from the right to water and sanitation.
Chair Uschi Eid, UNSGAB (right), noted that the human right to water has gained momentum in the last five years.
High-Level Panel on Water and Disasters
L-R: Shaikh Wahid-uz-Zaman, Bangladesh; Sadik Yamaç, Turkey; Robert Van Antwerp, US; and Saidi Yoqubzod, Minister of Land Reclamation and Water Resources, Tajikistan
L-R: Margareta Wahlström, UN Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, and Hong Soja, Japan Water Forum
Technical Experts Panel on Water and the Financial Crisis
L-R: Sergio Soto Priante, National Water Commission, Mexico; José Tomás Frade, European Investment Bank; Cafer Uzunkaya, Istanbul Sewage and Water Administration; Jamal Saghir, World Bank; Angel Gurría, Secretary-General, OECD; Usha Rao-Monari, International Finance Corporation; Patrick Cairo, Suez environnement, North America; and Jeremias Paul, the Philippines
Jeremias Paul, the Philippines, suggested that to attract more funding from finance ministries, water projects should emphasize their ability to deliver health, education and poverty alleviation benefits.
On national and local initiatives, Sergio Soto Priante, National Water Commission, Mexico, highlighted measures to attract private capital in Mexico’s stimulus package, including “stapled credit” to boost private investments.
Delegates during the meeting
Side Event: Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation: Projects and Initiatives Within the
Fields of Integrated and Sustainable Water Resource Management
L-R: Prince Albert II of Monaco; Lucien Chabason, Blue Plan; Jocelyn Fenard, UN Institute for Training and Research; and Ramiro Martínez, Mediterranean Network of Basin Organizations
Prince Albert II of Monaco addressed participants at the side event.
Managing Water Related Risks in a Changing Climate
Participants during the event
Region Europe
Galina Budu, Solidarity Water Europe
L-R: Helmut Blöch, European Commission; Marga Kool, Water Board, Reest en Wieden, the Netherlands; Peter Cook, European Water Association; Sascha Gabizon, Women in Europe Network for a Common Future (WECF); and Jean Duchemin, Seine-Normandy Water Agency
Panel on Finance
The dais during the discussion.
L-R: Katherine Sierra, World Bank; Chair Mehmet Şimşek, Minister of State, Turkey; Patrick Cairo, Suez Environnement; and Alexander Müller, FAO
Children’s World Water Forum
Around the Forum
Nancy Williams (center), IISD, hugging her colleague, Serkan Yildiz.
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