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Fifth World Water Forum
5th World Water Forum

16-22 March 2009 | Istanbul, Turkey

Youth participants gather for a “wave” at the pedestrian bridge built to link the two conference venues.
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Highlights for Thursday, 19 March 2009

On Thursday, participants attended sessions for the Mediterranean and Arab Country regional groups. The political process continued with a dialogue between local authorities and parliamentarians in the morning; local authorities discussed the Istanbul Water Consensus in the afternoon. Thematic sessions on “Advancing Human Development and the MDGs” and “Finance” continued, while sessions on “Global Change and Risk Management” and “Governance and Management” came to an end. During lunch, participants to the Youth Forum paraded across the pedestrian bridge that joins the 5th World Water Forum’s two venues on either side of the Golden Horn.
Local and Regional Authorities Day
Participants of the Local Authorities session posed for a photograph.
L-R: Nikolaos Papaniagopoulos, Vice-Mayor, Thessaloniki, Greece; Kasségné Adjonou, Mayor, Atakampé, Togo; Reinaldo Asperin Bautista, Mayor, Baguio, Philippines; Kadir Topbaş, Mayor, Istanbul; Selahattin Yildirim, Secretary General, UCLG MEWA; Jean-Yves Pidoux, Vice-Mayor, Lausanne, Switzerland; and Gaye Doğanoğlu, President of the Committee of Sustainable Development, CLRA
L-R: María Dolores Campos Palacio, City of Zaragoza, Spain; Hella Dunger Loepe, City of Berlin, Germany; and Walter Kling, City of Vienna, Austria
The Mayor of Istanbul, Kadir Topbaş (right), with a participant from the local authorities forum.
L-R: Kadir Topbaş, Mayor, Istanbul, Turkey; and Selahattin Yildirim, Secretary General, UCLG MEWA
L-R: Jean-Yves Pidoux, Vice-Mayor, Lausanne, Switzerland; and Gaye Doğanoğlu, Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe
Country Group Arab
L-R: Kevin Cleaver, Assistant President, International Fund for Agricultural Development; Al Sadiq Almahdi, Former Prime Minister, Sudan; Mona El-Shazli, Egypt TV; Mahmoud Abu Zeid, President of the Arab Water Council (AWC); Abdulatif Rasheed, Minister of Water Resources, Iraq; and Kaoru Ishikawa, Ambassador of Japan to Egypt
Mona El-Shazli, Egypt TV
Al Sadiq Almahdi, Former Prime Minister, Sudan
L-R: Mahmoud Abu Zeid, AWC President; Abdulatif Rasheed, Minister of Water Resources, Iraq; and Kaoru Ishikawa, Ambassador of Japan to Egypt
Mahmoud Abu Zeid, AWC President
Mediterranean Country Group
L-R: Hachmi Kennou, Mediterranean Water Institute; Niraj Shah, European Investment Bank; Vangelis Constantianos, GWP; Majid Benbiba, Water and the Environment, Morocco; Fadi Comair, Ministry of Energy and Water, Lebanon; Juan Valero de Palma Manglano, Euro-Mediterranean Irrigators Community; and Mohamed Ali Khouadja, National Water Supply Authority, Tunisia
Henri-Luc Thibault, Blue Plan
Wrap-up Session: Theme 1 on Global Change and Risk Management
Delegates during the wrap-up session.
L-R: Andreas Schild, ICIMOD, and Julia Marton-Lefèvre, IUCN
Panelists during the thematic wrap-up.
Sara Ahmed, Gender and Water Alliance
L-R: Victor Dukhovny, ICWC; Eugene Stakhiv, USACE IWR, and Sara Ahmed, Gender and Water Alliance
L-R: Joppe Cramwinckel, World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD); Alexander Müller, UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO); Pam Yako, Water South Africa; and Roberto Lenton, Global Water Partnership (GWP)
L-R: Victor Dukhovny, ICWC; Eugene Stakhiv, USACE IWR; Sara Ahmed, Gender and Water Alliance; Lesha Witmer, Women for Water Partnership; Festus Luboyera, UNFCCC; Robert Mardini, ICR; and Ger Bergkamp, WWC
Water Management During and After Disasters / Conflicts
L-R: Takeshi Naruse, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA); Robert Mardini, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC); Jon Martin Trondalen, Centre for Environmental Studies and Resource Management, Norway; and Alain Boinet, Solidarités, France
Members of the panel talking before the session.
Robert Mardini, ICRC
Pricing Water Services - Process matters: Overcoming conflicts, building a dialogue
Participants during the session.
L-R: João Simão Pires, Institute for the Regulation of Water and Solid Waste, Portugal; Robin Simpson, Water Dialogues; David Boys, Public Service International; Perry Rivera, Manila Water, the Philippines; Vibhu Nayar, Tamil Nadu Irrigated Agriculture Modernization and Water Bodies Restoration and Management (IAMWARM) Project, India; and Maurice Bernard, French Development Agency
Robin Simpson, Water Dialogues
Perry Rivera, Manila Water, the Philippines
David Boys, Public Service International
Participants listening to João Simão Pires’s speech.
João Simão Pires, Institute for the Regulation of Water and Solid Waste, Portugal
Dialogue between Local Authorities and Parliamentarians
A bird’s eye view of the session.
L-R: Moderator Mohamed Saäd El Alami, Morocco; Mustafa Öztürk, Turkish Grand National Assembly; Mohammed Abdullah Alguwaihes, Saudi Arabia; Louis Le Pensec, Vice-mayor of Mellac and Council of Municipalities and Regions (AECCRE); Jean-François Le Grand, Senator, France; Maged Abu Ramadan, Mayor of Gaza and Chair, Association of Palestinian Local Authorities; Zekai Şen, Municipality of Istanbul; and Margaret Pageler, World Water Council (WWC)
Participants during the session.
Mohammed Abdullah Alguwaihes, Saudi Arabia
Maged Abu Ramadan, Mayor of Gaza, and Chair, Association of Palestinian Local Authorities
Moderator Mohamed Saäd El Alami, Morocco
L-R: Moderator Mohamed Saäd El Alami, Morocco; Mustafa Öztürk, Turkish Grand National Assembly; Mohammed Abdullah Alguwaihes, Saudi Arabia; Louis Le Pensec, Vice-mayor of Mellac and Council of Municipalities and Regions (AECCRE), sharing a laugh.
How can better water management reduce poverty and hunger? A synthesis
L-R: Panel’s Chair, Khalid Mohtadullah, International Water Management Institute (IWMI); Jonathan Woolley, Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research; Chandra Madramootoo, International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID); Annette Huber Lee, Natural Heritage Institute; Parviz Koohafkan, FAO; and Mohamed Ait-Kadi, General Council of Agricultural Development, Morocco
Alaa El Abdin, AWC
Delegates during the session.
During lunch, participants to the Youth Forum paraded across the pedestrian bridge that joins the 5th World Water Forum’s two venues on either side of the Golden Horn. During the evening, the Youth attended a thematic synthesis in preparation for their closing ceremony, which will take place on Friday, 20 March.
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