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Fifth World Water Forum
5th World Water Forum

16-22 March 2009 | Istanbul, Turkey

L-R: Oktay Tabasaran, Secretary General, 5th World Water Forum, and Ahmet Mete Saatçi, Deputy Secretary General, 5th World Water Forum
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Highlights for Friday, 20 March 2009

On Friday, the 5th World Water Forum’s political process continued with a high-level Trialogue between ministers, parliamentarians and local authorities in the morning, and the opening of the Ministerial Conference in the afternoon. The regional process concluded with the Asia-Pacific regional session. Participants continued to attend thematic sessions on “managing and protecting water resources” and “education, knowledge and capacity development.” Youth delegates attended the Youth Forum closing ceremony. As part of the Forum’s cultural programme, participants attended a concert by world-renowned Turkish percussionist, Burhan Öçal, at the CRR concert hall.
Ministerial Conference Opening
L-R: Ahmet Mete Saatçi, Deputy Secretary General, 5th World Water Forum; Sumru Noyan, Chair, Ministerial Process of the 5th World Water Forum; Veysel Eroğlu, Minister for Environment and Forestry, Turkey; Jacques Diouf, Director-General, UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO); and Loїc Fauchon, WWC President
Jacques Diouf, Director-General, FAO
Veysel Eroğlu, Minister for Environment and Forestry, Turkey
Sumru Noyan, Chair, Ministerial Process of the 5th World Water Forum
Ahmet Mete Saatçi, Deputy Secretary General, 5th World Water Forum
Jacques Diouf, Director-General, FAO
Veysel Eroğlu, Minister for Environment and Forestry, Turkey
The dais during the session.
Participants during the session.
L-R: Muammer Güler, Governor of Istanbul, and Veysel Eroğlu, Minister for Environment and Forestry, Turkey
Delegates prior to the start of the session.
Delegates from Oman.
High-Level Trialogue
L-R: Şirin Payzin, CNNTurk; Michael Vauzelle, President of the PACA Region, France; Kasségné Adjonou, Mayor of Atakpamé, Togo; M. Hani Abdul Massih, Mayor of Beit Sahour, occupied Palestine territories; Ines Ayala Sender, Parliamentarian, European Parliament; Rashad Ahmed, Minister of Environment and Water, United Arab Emirates; Mustafa Öztürk, Parliamentarian, Turkish Grand National Assembly (TGNA); Oscar Castillo, Parliament of MERCOSUR, Argentina, and Ruth Zavaleta Salgado, Minority Deputy, Chamber of Deputies, Mexico
M. Hani Abdul Massih, Mayor of Beit Sahour, occupied Palestine territories
Oscar Castillo, Senator and Parliament of MERCOSUR, Argentina
Ines Ayala Sender, Parliamentarian, European Parliament
Şirin Payzin, CNNTurk
Yaşar Yakiş, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey
The dais during the session.
L-R: Rashad Ahmed, Minister of Environment and Water, United Arab Emirates, and Mustafa Öztürk, Parliamentarian, TGNA
L-R: Oscar Castillo, Senator and Parliament of MERCOSUR, Argentina, and Ruth Zavaleta Salgado, Mexico
Participants prior to the start of the session.
High-Level Panel on Adaptation
L-R: Julia Marton-Lefèvre, IUCN Director General; Tineke Huizinga, Vice Minister for Transport, Public Works and Water Management, the Netherlands; Jean-Louis Borloo, Minister of Ecology, Energy, Sustainable Development and Land Planning, France; Veysel Eroğlu, Minister of Environment and Forestry, Turkey; Jan Dusík, First Deputy Minister of Environment, Czech Republic; Angela Cropper, Deputy Executive Director, UN Environment Programme; Roger Pulwarty, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association; and David Bresh, Swiss Re
L-R: Jean-Louis Borloo, Minister of Ecology, Energy, Sustainable Development and Land Planning, France; Veysel Eroğlu, Minister of Environment and Forestry, Turkey
L-R: Julia Marton-Lefèvre, IUCN Director General; Tineke Huizinga, Vice Minister for Transport, Public Works and Water Management, the Netherlands; and Veysel Eroğlu, Minister of Environment and Forestry, Turkey
Region Asia-Pacific
L-R: Ramesh Sen, Minister for Water Resources, Bangladesh; Chen Lei, Minister for Water Resources, People’s Republic of China; Giorgi Khachidze, Minister of Environment and Natural Resources Protection, Georgia; Djoko Kirmanto, Minister of Public Works, Indonesia; Yoshiro Mori, President of the Asia-Pacific Water Forum (APWF); Erna Witoelar, Vice Chair of APWF Governing Council; Yasushi Kaneko, Senior Vice-Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, Japan; Faumuinā Liuga, Minister for Natural Resources and Environment, Samoa; and Yaacob Ibrahim, Minister of the Environment and Water Resources, Singapore
Yoshiro Mori, APWF President, opened the Asia-Pacific Regional Session, introducing the APWF’s Ministers for Water Security Initiative as a platform for dialogue among ministers across sectors.
Yoshiro Mori, APWF President, prior to the start of the session.
Faumuinā Liuga, Minister for Natural Resources and Environment, Samoa
Margaret Catley-Carlson, Chair of World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Water Security
Erna Witoelar, Vice Chair of APWF Governing Council
Giorgi Khachidze, Minister of Environment and Natural Resources Protection, Georgia
Ensuring Adequate Water Resources Development and Management (Quantity and Quality) for Sustainable Development
L-R: Felix Bogliolo, Via-Marine; Kazuya Kumagai, Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare (MHLW), Japan; Adem Sanlisoy, Water Supply Istanbul; Peter Van Niekerk, Department of Water Affairs and Forestry, South Africa; Hasan Özlü, General Directorate of State Hydraulic Works (DSI); Michio Ota, Japan; and Tadahiko Sakamoto, Japan Commission on Large Dams
Adem Sanlisoy, Water Supply Istanbul
Tadahiko Sakamoto, Japan Commission on Large Dams
Participants listening to Tadahiko Sakamoto’s speech
Thinking Outside the Water Box
Bjelkeman-Petersson, akvo.org
Participants during Bjelkeman-Petersson’s presentation on “akvo.org”.
Water and History: Understanding the Water Cultures of Past Civilizations and Deriving Lessons for the Present
L-R: José Antonio Rodríguez Tirado, CONAGUA, Mexico; Orhan Baykan, Pamukkale University, Turkey; Mehmet Bildirici, Water Supply Systems in Hittite and Urartu Times; Yacon Ozdemir; Zieaoddin Shoaei, International Center for Agricultural Research in Dry Areas, Iran; Nurünnisa Usul, Middle East Technical University, Turkey; Robert Varady, University of Arizona, USA; Humanur Bağli, Istanbul Technical University; and Nezih Aysel, Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, Turkey
José Antonio Rodríguez Tirado, Mexico
Fostering Socio-cultural Perspectives in Water Sciences and Management: Identifying Bridges and Barriers
L-R: Barbara Rose Johnston, Center for Political Ecology, USA; James Webster, Cranfield University, UK; Prachanda Pradhan, Farmer Managed Irrigation Systems Promotion Trust, Nepal; Taniguchi Makoto, Research Institute for Humanity and Nature, Japan; Sasaki Takatsugu, City of Saijo, Japan; Canguzel Zulfikar and Carl Ernst, Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations
Institutional Capacity Development: Getting the Balance Right for Equitable Water Allocation
Participants shared success stories from their regions.
The outcomes of the working groups were presented at the end of the session on institutional capacity development.
Jude Mwoga, Uganda, facilitated discussions among participants.
Closing of Youth Forum
Oktay Tabasaran, Secretary General, 5th World Water Forum
Yiğit Canay, Secretary General, Youth Forum
Meera Karunananthan, Council of Canadians
David Boys, Public Services International
Oktay Tabasaran, Secretary General, 5th World Water Forum, interacting with youth participants.
Side Event
The first prize of the International ReSource Award for Sustainable Watershed Management 2009 in the amount of US$150,000 was awarded to Helvetas Afghanistan by Swiss Re. The project is on sustainable and productive management of degraded watersheds to prevent downstream flood damage in Kahmard district, Bamyan province, Afghanistan.
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