A recognised success for the 6thWorld Water Forum which gathered more than 35,000 participants in Marseille

Marseille, March 20th2012 –The 6thWorld Water Forum was characterised by a strong mobilisation of the international
political community and of civil society so as to make the cause of water and sanitation move forward during more than
400 open sessions of which fifty major ones.

Participations (key figures)
    15 heads of State, of governments and European Commissioners
    173 represented countries
    103    Ministers,    Vice‐Ministers     and   Secretaries     of State
    170       national       delegations       and      international organisations   taking   part   in    the    Ministerial Declaration
    More than 750 elected officials among which 250 mayors and 250 parliamentarians
    More than 500 sponsorised persons
    3,500 NGOs and civil society representatives
    More than 2,600 children and youth

Highlights (key figures)
    Numerous high level sessions (Rio+20, Europe, Chad, Gaza, Niger etc.)
    1 ministerial conference
    12 ministerial roundtables
    6 trialogs (debate between national, regional and local authorities)
    2 days for the Local and Regional Authorities conference
    10 high level panels
    2 water debates
    1 day and a half for the parliamentary conference
    6 regional and transcontinental processes
    1 commitments’ session

 After these six days of debates and exchanges, built on 1,400 solutions for water and sanitation posted on the solutions
sharing    platform,    all   the   stakeholders    (UN   agencies,    governments,    parliamentarians,          local    authorities,                  donors,       water
professionals, NGOs and           civil society actors,       women and     youth   representatives) have already announced                                                         more than                       a
hundred concrete commitments. These solutions and commitments should enable a faster access to water and sanitation,
a universal human right which           was   recognised in 2010,        and improve     the conservation and       management of                                 this major threatened resource.
Just like the Village of Solutions, www.solutionsforwater.org, the Solutions platform created especially for the 6thWorld
Water Forum ‐ the Time for Solutions ‐ and which is also intended to welcome stakeholders’ commitments, is perpetuated
so as to become a place          of sharing, exchange      and monitoring  for the 7thWorld Water Forum which                                                          will take place in Daegu Gwangyeoksi, South Korea, in 2015.


The World Water Council will bear these solutions and commitments to Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) for the United Nations
Conference on Sustainable Development Rio+20 from June 20thto 22nd2012, for which the water and sanitation issue is
already on the agenda.
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