The Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Institute is pleased to participate in the World Water Forum, the largest water-related event in the world, which will take place in Daegu & Gyeongbuk of Korea, April 12-17. Every three years, the World Water Forum mobilizes creativity, innovation, and know-how around water. Serving as a stepping-stone towards global collaboration on water challenges, the Forum is a unique multi-stakeholder platform where the water community and policy and decision makers from all regions of the world can work together to find joint solutions. It is the largest international event which seeks to advance the cause of water — one of the most basic elements for the survival and quality life of humanity. However, many people around the world are suffering from water shortage and food scarcity.
According to Benedito Braga, president of the World Water Council, our ability to build a water-secure future will depend upon our capacity to turn future challenges into opportunities. “By guaranteeing water security, we will guarantee security in many other domains as well. Indeed, access to water and sanitation is not only an end in itself, but a tool for improving livelihoods, for empowering women and girls and giving them access to education and for preventing disease,” he said.
Water security also means using water wisely for providing food and energy, for generating green growth and economic sustainability, for increasing resilience to global changes, and for safeguarding the environment. Moreover, good governance, sufficient capacities, and adequate financial flows are all necessary for the implementation of so many solutions identified during the previous editions of the World Water Forum. The 7th World Water Forum will be an opportunity to recognize resolving water challenges as a shared responsibility, which is important to economic development, social inclusion, and sustainable environment.
Korea is honored to host the 7th World Water Forum, where stakeholders from about 170 nations will gather in Daegu & Gyeongbuk to discuss water challenges. In particular, the Science & Technology Process is newly included in the 7th Forum to support the implementation of solutions drawn from the previous editions of the Forum. The DWFI provided a Conference Summary Report to help lead the topics relating to water for food technology and data, the focus of the Water for Food Global Conference held in Seattle in October 2014. The Institute will also have a presence in the Exposition Fair, providing information about research projects, partners and conference proceedings from the fall global conference.