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Fifth World Water Forum
5th World Water Forum

16-22 March 2009 | Istanbul, Turkey

Secretariat staff posed for a photograph at the end of the Forum.
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Highlights for Sunday, 22 March 2009

The 5th World Water Forum concluded deliberations in Istanbul on Sunday afternoon. Ministers met at a closing session in the morning, during which they presented summaries on eight roundtable sessions conducted on Saturday and adopted their Ministerial Declaration. Participants to a celebration of UN World Water Day then joined the ministers for the closing ceremony of the Forum, during which the Kyoto World Water Grand Prize was awarded. Hasan Zarikaya, Under-Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Turkey, noted that “water can exist without us, but we cannot exist without it.” He praised participants for the democratic and transparent manner of their participation. He declared the Forum closed at 1:45pm.
Closing Ceremony
Youth delegates during the closing ceremony.
Youth delegates said their participation at the World Water Forum was due to their capability, not their vulnerability, and stressed that they wanted to be partners in the process, not stakeholders.
Hitoshi Ohshima, Executive Officer on Global Environmental Policy, Japan
Marcella D’Souza (left) accepted the Kyoto World Water Grand Prize” on behalf of the Watershed Organization Trust, India, stressing that water must be a uniting force.
Klaus Töpfer, former UNEP Executive Director
Ben Braga, Vice-President, World Water Council
Oktay Tabasaran, Secretary General, 5th World Water Forum
Tomris Türmen, Former Executive Director of the World Health Organization
Delegates listening to Tomris Türmen’s speech.
Hasan Zuhuri Sarikaya, Undersecretary, Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Turkey
L-R: Loïc Fauchon, President of the World Water Council, and Oktay Tabasaran, Secretary General, 5th World Water Forum
Musicians performed during the closing ceremony
Ministerial Conference Closing
L-R: Vural Altay, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Turkey; Veysel Eroğlu, Minister of Environment and Forestry, Turkey; and Sumuru Noyan, Chair of the 5th World Water Forum’s Ministerial Process
Asfaw Dingano, Minister of Water Resources, Ethiopia
Sarah Ahmed, Gender and Water Alliance
Presentations of the main outcomes of Ministerial Roundtables
David Boys, Public Services International
A representative of Business Action for Water.
Veysel Eroğlu, Minister of Environment and Forestry, Turkey
Ger Bergkamp, Director General, World Water Council
L-R: Oktay Tabasaran, Secretary General, 5th World Water Forum, and Veysel Eroğlu, Minister for Environment and Forestry, Turkey, who shared a Turkish proverb with participants.
The audience applauded Veysel Eroğlu’s speech.
Delegates prior to the start of the conference.
Mehmet Mehdi Eker, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, Turkey, at the end of the Ministerial Conference Closing.
World Water Day
Johan Kuylenstierna (left), Chief Technical Advisor, UN-Water, facilitating the high-level roundtable on “Adapting to global changes in transboundary basins,” to commemorate World Water Day 2009. Seated from L-R: Anders Berntell, Stockholm International Water Institute; Rhoda Peace Tumusiime, African Union Commission; Sibylle Vermont, Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes; Angela Cropper, UNEP; Shaddad Attili, Palestinian Water Authority; and Alfred Duda, Global Environment Facility.”
L-R: Sibylle Vermont, Vice Chair of the Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes; Angela Cropper, Deputy Executive Director, UNEP; and Shaddad Attili, Chair, Palestinian Water Authority
András Szöllösy-Nagy, UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
Rhoda Tumusiime, Commissioner, Rural Economy and Agriculture, African Union Commission (AUC)
Delegates listening to András Szöllösy-Nagy’s speech.
Anders Berntell, Stockholm International Water Institute
UN-Water Chair Pasquale Steduto
Jon Martin Trondalen, Chair, Compass Foundation
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