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2012: Irrigation and Drainage and Securing National Food Security
2013: Conserving and Protecting Water Resources and Promoting Ecological Restoration
2014: Improving River and Lake Management and Promoting Ecological Restoration
2015: Conserving Water and Safeguarding Water Safety
2016: Advancing Stringent Water Resources Management System by Carrying on the Philosophy of Innovative, Balanced and Green Development through Opening-up and Benefit Sharing
2017: Carrying out the Concept of Green Development and Comprehensively Promoting River Chief System

2.3 Previous World Water Forums

(1) The First World Water Forum
The First World Water Forum took place in Marrakech, Morocco, from March 20 to 25, 1997. 500 representatives from 63 countries and regions attended the meeting whose theme is "Water, The world's Common Heritage". The meeting released the Marrakech Declaration, an appeal that calls for governments, international organizations and non-governmental organizations as well as people all over the world to strengthen joint efforts and to lay foundation for blue revolution of guaranteeing world water resources permanently. Meanwhile, the World Water Council was appointed to make a program of water, life and environment in the 21st century.

(2) The Second World Water Forum
The 2nd World Water Forum was held in Hague, the Netherlands from March 17th to 22nd, 2000. 5700 participants from all over the world including experts on hydropower issues and delegates from non-governmental organizations attended the forum with the theme of “Water, Vision for the Future”. During the forum, the ministers from 114 countries held Ministerial Conference, approved Hague Declaration and associated actions which were determined to ensure water safety in the 21st century, and put forward a vision of water and risk management in the next 25 years. In addition, the blueprint of world water also came into being in this conference.

(3) The Third World Water Forum
The 3rd World Water Forum was held in Kyoto, Osaka, and Shiga respectively from March 16th to 23rd, 2003. It offered 350 sessions with 38 themes including "Water with Foods, Environment", "Water and Climate Change", "Water and Society", and "Water and Development", etc. Over 10,000 officials, experts, scholars and other representatives from 180 countries and regions discussed and investigated on how to take practical actions to solve water issues. The greatest achievements of this forum were the launch of the Ministerial Declaration and the publication of Portfolio of Water Actions made by nations and international organizations.

(4) The Fourth World Water Forum
The 4th World Water Forum started in Mexico City, Mexico, from March 16th to 22nd, 2006. Official representatives from 121 countries and over 13,000 delegates throughout the world were presented. The theme of the 4th World Water Forum is "Local Actions for a Global Challenge". The Ministerial Declaration passed in this meeting identified water as the lifeline of sustainable development and poverty elimination. It is necessary to adjust the present pattern of water usage, so as to make sure every person has access to clean water.

(5) The Fifth World Water Forum
The 5th World Water Forum, with the theme of "Bridging Divides for Water", was held from March 16th to 22nd, 2009, in Istanbul, Turkey. The Ministerial Declaration emphasized the necessity of strengthening water management and international cooperation to ensure drinking water safety for billions of people. On March 20th, relevant officials from China, Japan and South Korea jointly signed an announcement on cooperative issues related to water resources.

(6) The Sixth World Water Forum
The 6th World Water Forum was held in Marseille, France from Mar. 12th to 17th in 2012, with the theme of “Time for Solutions”. There were about 34,000 entries from 173 countries participating in this forum, during which, over 1,400 pieces of solution were collected to with the online “Platform of Solutions”. Witnessing the participation of 15 Heads of States and 112 high level officials, it adopted a Ministerial Statement. It has not only furthered the implementation of the basic human rights to water and sanitation to secure human welfare and health, but also developed consistent policy recommendations covering water security, energy, food and the functions of water-related ecosystems. Furthermore, ensured linkages were made with the Rio +20 Summit.

(7) The Seventh World Water Forum
The 7th World Water Forum took place in Daegu and Gyeongju in the Republic of Korea over six days from April 12th to 17th under the overarching theme of “Water for Our Future”. Over 46,000 participants from water-related government agencies, international organizations, NGOs, academia, corporations, and media representing 168 countries attended approximately 400 sessions, making the 7th World Water Forum the largest in Forum history, producing several meaningful outcomes for the international community with various meaningful activities. The creation of the “Daegu-Gyeongbuk Water Week” was realized by prompting the commitment and cooperation from relevant organizations. 21 MOUs were signed with approximately 50 bilateral and multilateral meetings among leaders held. The EXPO and Fair side event also showcased water policies and cutting-edge technology and products from around the world. 

World Water Week is organized by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) since 1991 and takes place in Stockholm, Sweden. It has been an annual focal point for the globe’s water issues. Every year, World Water Week provides a unique forum for the exchange of views, experiences and practices among the scientific, business, policy and civic communities for new thinking and positive action toward water-related challenges and their impact on the world’s environment, health, climate, economic and poverty reduction agendas.

2.4Themes of Previous World Water Week:
1991 Proceedings: Water Resources in the Next Century
1992 Proceedings: A Holistic Approach to Water Quality Management: Finding Life
1993 Proceedings: Integrated Measures to Overcome Barriers to Minimising Harmful Fluxes from Land to Water
1994 Proceedings: Integrated Land and Water Management: Challenges and New Opportunities
1995 Proceedings: Water Quality Management: Heading for a New Epoch
1996 Proceedings: Safeguarding Water Resources for Tomorrow: New Solutions to Old Problems
1997 Proceedings: With Rivers to the Sea: Interaction of Land Activities, Fresh Water and Enclosed Coastal Seas
1998 Proceedings: Water: the Key to Socio-Economic Development and Quality of Life
1999 Proceedings: Urban Stability Through Integrated Water-Related Management
2000 Policy Brief: No Freshwater Security without Major Shift in Thinking (10 Year Message from the Stockholm Water Symposia)
2001 Proceedings: Water Security for the 21st Century: Bridge Building Through Dialogue
2002 Proceedings: Balancing Competing Water Uses – Present Status and New Prospects
2003 Proceedings: Drainage Basin Security – Balancing Production,Trade and Water Use
2004 Proceedings: Drainage Basin Management – Regional Approaches for Food and Urban Security
2005 Drainage Basin Management – Hard and Soft Solutions in Regional Development
2006 Beyond the River – Sharing Benefits and Responsibilities
2007 Progress and Prospects on Water – Striving for Sustainability in a Changing World
2008 Progress and Prospects on Water: For a Clean and Healthy World with Special Focus on Sanitation
2009 Responding to Global Changes: Accessing Water for Common Good with Special Focus on Transboundary Waters
2010: Responding to Global Changes: The Water Quality Challenge – Prevention, Wise Use and Abatement
2011 Responding to Global Changes: Water in an Urbanizing World
2012 Water and Food Security
2013 Water Cooperation – Building Partnerships
2014 Energy and Water
2015 Water for Development
2016 Water for Sustainable Growth


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