Preparatory-Conference on Women and Gender
14-15 March 2009 • İstanbul, Turkey
The Preparatory-conference is held at 14th and 15th of March 2009 in Istanbul Technical University (ITU) – Suleyman Demirel Congress Center with the theme of ‘Ensuring Equal Participation in the 5th World Water Forum’. It is organised by the Gender and Water Alliance (GWA), Turkish Women’s Water Platform and Women for Water Partnership (WfWP). Click here for the details.
3rd Preparatory Committee (PrepCom) Meeting of the Ministerial Process was held in Rome
21-23 January 2009 • Rome, Italy
The Third Preparatory Committee (PrepCom) meeting of the Ministerial Process of the 5th World Water Forum, hosted by the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and co-organized by the World Water Council was held at the FAO Headquarters in Rome on 21-23 January 2009.
The first day of the aforementioned meeting was allocated to discussions on the content of the revised version of the Chairperson’s Paper [Istanbul Water Strategy Guide]. Deliberations took place on the format and use of this paper, which is envisaged to be attached to the Ministerial Statement.
In addition to national governments and international organizations, relevant major stakeholders were able to participate in the discussions on the [Istanbul Water Strategy Guide]. The rest of the meeting was devoted to the negotiations of the Ministerial Statement, the principle message emanating from the Ministers attending to the Ministerial Conference at the 5th World Water Forum. This UN-style compact document was discussed phrase by phrase only by national governments and international organizations. However, the relevant major stakeholders were given an opportunity to comment on the Ministerial Statement just at the beginning of the second day. Participants were fully engaged in the fruitful discussions and agreed upon finalizing the documents at a Forth PrepCom in the beginning of March.
Turkish Women’s Water Alliance for 5th World Water Forum created!
29 January 2009 • İstanbul, Turkey
In the 2nd preparatory meeting of Turkish Women Organizations for preparation to the 5th World Water Forum (5 January 2009), Turkish Women organizations, professionals and academics met in Istanbul at the Forum Secretariat to define their roles and participation in the upcoming Forum. Read More
3rd Preparatory Committee (PrepCom) Meeting of the Ministerial Process in Rome
21-23 January 2009 • Rome, Italy
The Third Preparatory Committee (PrepCom) meeting of the Ministerial Process of the 5th World Water Forum, hosted by the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and co-organized by the World Water Council will be held at the FAO Headquarters in Rome on 21-23 January 2008.
The first day of the aforementioned meeting will be allocated to discussions on the content of the revised version of the Chairperson’s Paper which was discussed during the PrepCom II in Geneva. Deliberations will also take place on the format and use of this paper, which is envisaged to be attached to the Ministerial Statement of the 5th World Water Forum.
In addition to national governments and international organizations, relevant major stakeholders will be able to participate in the discussions on the Chairperson’s Paper. The rest of the meeting will be devoted to the negotiations of the Ministerial Statement, the principle message emanating from the Ministers attending to the Ministerial Conference at the 5th World Water Forum. This UN-style compact document will be discussed phrase by phrase only by national governments and international organizations. The relevant major stakeholders will be given an opportunity to comment on the Ministerial Statement just at the beginning of the second day.
Turkish Women Organizations are Gathering for 2nd Preparatory Meeting!
5 January 2009 • İstanbul, Turkey
The 2nd preparatory meeting of Turkish Women Organizations will bring together varied women groups from different parts of Turkey to meet with the coordinators of the Women and Gender Coalition for the 5th World Water Forum. The meeting will be hosted by the Forum’s Secretariat and identify lead organizers and their roles in preparation for the 5th Forum. For more information
Second Preparatory Committee Meeting (Prepcom) of the Ministerial Process
4-5 December 2008 • Geneva, Switzerland
The Second Preparatory Committee (PrepCom) meeting of the Ministerial Process of the 5th World Water Forum, hosted by the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and co-organized by the World Water Council will be held at the UN Office (Palais des Nations) on 4-5 December 2008.
The First PrepCom was held in Paris on 11-12 September at UNESCO Headquarters with the participation of country representatives, major groups and the thematic and regional coordinators of the 5th World Water Forum. One of the results of the First PrepCom meeting was to create a proposal for the structure of the Ministerial Water Agenda. A Chairperson’s Paper which is transformed from the proposals and observations made at PrepCom I, will be presented at the meeting in order to provide a rough draft of the Ministerial Water Agenda of the Forum’s Ministerial Process, whose main aim is to prepare a Ministerial Agenda for “Water Management Adaptation Strategies for Global Changes including Climate Change/Variability".
UCLG World Council Meeting In Istanbul
27-30 November 2008 • İstanbul, Turkey
UCLG (United Cities and Local Government) World Council Meeting, which will convene under the leadership of Mr.Kadir Topbaş, Mayor of Istanbul will host 300 mayors and presidents of local governments from different regions of the world. A special session will be held concerning Istanbul Urban Water Consensus. Read More
Water Forum of the Americas
24-25 November 2008 • Iguazu Falls, Brazil
Organised by the Americas Regional Consortium (ARC) under the theme of “Water resources management under climate change”, this Forum aims to bring together the various stakeholders involved in water policy planning and management in the Americas, ranging from government representatives to members of civil society, academia and water user organizations as well as politicians and decision-makers.
Participants will analyze the development and progress that the countries of the 4 sub-regions have achieved over the last decade in the area of water policy, but also the challenges of water resources policy and management in the face of global changes. The conclusions reached by each sub-region, which may include cross-regional similarities and consensus, shall be consolidated into a final document that will be presented in Istanbul as the American contribution to the 5th World Water Forum.
Asia Pacific Regional Water Conference 2008
18-19 November 2008 • Malaysia
Water Association of Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya (SWan) will jointly held a Conference with the Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS) Malaysia. World's top keynote speakers from Signapore, Philippines, United States, Germany, Russia, Denmark and Malaysia will provide insight and perspectives related to water services in the region, emerging trends and challanges the sector faces.
First Arab Water Forum
16-19 November 2008 • Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
An initiative of the Arab Water Council, the First Arab Water Forum will explore a wide range of water related issues such as Water resources and conservation, the impact of climate change on resources, and the management of water crises in the Arab world. The first day will be dedicated to the Thematic Process for the 5th Forum. The second day, focused on the Regional Process, will come to an end with an evening workshop on the Istanbul Urban Water Consensus. Tuesday will be the Political process day, with a session at ministerial level that will look at the issues of water security, sustainable development and strategies and national planning for water resources in the region.
Black Sea Regional Water Conference
8-9 November 2008 • Istanbul, Turkey
5th World Water Forum Regional Process Meeting of Black Sea Region has been conducted in Istanbul on 8-9 November with more than 200 experts from 6 countries. Four issues, which included challenging issues such as basin management and trans-boundary cooperation, preserving natural ecosystems and financing, have been addressed during the meeting and discussed on the roundtable discussions.
The emphasis of the meeting was on cooperation and collective action of the countries, for which confidence building and database sharing among the countries is a prerequisite. For the management of water resources, climate change has been taken into consideration, which bring about the alteration of the ecosystems within the region. Since for the financial issues regarding water, privatisation is found to be problematic, “Public Private Partnership” comes forward as a mutually agreed solution.
Parliaments for Water
6 November 2008 • Council of Europe, Strasbourg, France
A preparatory conference for the "parliamentarian process" of the 5th World Water Forum, jointly organised by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), the Grand National Assembly of Turkey and the World Water Council, has taken place at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg on Thursday, 6th of November.
On this occasion, around 100 participants; parliamentarians of the Council of Europe, member states and non-member states, experts, representatives of NGOs and water companies shared their legislative experience relating to the adaptation of water management to global changes (including climate change), decentralisation policies, the right to water and sanitation, and transboundary water basins.
This preparatory conference aimed to start working on the parliamentarians' contribution to the political process of the 5th World Water Forum, an event scheduled to take place in Istanbul from 16 to 22 March 2009, under the aegis of the Turkish Government and the World Water Council." Consult the programme.
European Summit on Water: Saving Europe's Water - Its place in the EU Green Strategy
5 November 2008 • Bibliothèque Solvay, Brussels, Belgium
The event is co-organised by Friends of Europe and the European Water Partnership (EWP), and will include the participation of EU Commissioner for the Environment Stavros Dimas. A few months ahead of the fifth World Water Forum in Istanbul, this event will be the main European Summit in its preparation, providing concrete input into the European Regional Process towards the Forum.
In 2006, the first European Policy Summit on Water organised by Friends of Europe and the EWP provided a Europe-wide platform to debate the EU’s water policies for the first time. This year, the third annual summit will be dedicated to the European Regional Process for the fifth World Water Forum, bringing together international institutions, national and local governments, industries, NGOs and other stakeholders from the water sector in Europe and beyond to discuss three issues of great importance to Europe:
- Climate Change and Adaptation
- Water Scarcity and Droughts
Please click here to register. The programme of the event is available on the European Water Partnership website.
Preparatory Meeting for In/around Turkey Region in Lefkosa
9-11 October 2008 • Lefkosa, Northern Cyprus
The international meeting entitled Regional Meeting On Water In The Mediterranean Basin which will take place from 9-11 October 2008, at the Near East University in Lefkosa, within the framework of the Regional Process of the 5th World Water Forum.
The Mediterranean Basin is reported to be one of the regions to be affected most by the climate change worldwide. The aim of this meeting will be to create a discussion forum where leading experts from countries around the world will discuss water related issues in the Mediterranean Basin.
The meeting is expected to yield a better understanding of the water problems, stimulate scientific discussion and develop policy-relevant approaches and analysis for decision-makers. Results of the meeting will be carried to the 5th World Water Forum.
First Preparatory Committee meeting (PrepCom) of the Ministerial Process
Paris, France, 11-12 September 2008
The First Preparatory Committee (PrepCom) meeting of the Ministerial Process of the 5th World Water Forum, hosted by the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and co-organized by the World Water Council will be held at the UNESCO Headquarters on 11-12 September 2008. The first in a series of four PrepComs, this initial meeting of government-nominated experts from all nations will set forth the issues that will be addressed by the Forum’s Ministerial Process, whose main aim is to prepare a Ministerial Agenda for “Water Management Adaptation Strategies for Global Changes including Climate Change/Variability”. A Ministerial Discussion Paper on the theme will be presented at the meeting to provide the basis for discussions and consultations on the best ways to confront global changes and their impacts on water resources.
The discussions will revolve around the 6 main themes of the Thematic Programme of the 5th World Water Forum. The meeting will further develop the Ministerial Discussion Paper into a Chairman’s Paper to be presented at the Second PrepCom meeting in Geneva in December 2008.
Preparatory Meeting in Turkey: Van
21-22 August 2008
The meeting in Van that will be held by DSI Van Regional Directorate on 21-22 August 2008, is one of the 15 local meetings within the framework of the preparations for the Forum in Turkey. The main theme of the meetings is “Lake Hidrology and Pollution”. This two day meeting will be composed of 3 technical sessions and a workshop.
Preparatory meeting for In/around Turkey region in Trabzon
7-8 August 2008
The next in the series of regional preparatory meetings in Turkey will be held on the 7th and 8th of August in Trabzon under the main discussion topics: “Inundation/Landslide/Protection of River Beds”. More...
Second European Regional Process Meeting
8-9 July 2008
The second meeting of the European Regional Process for the Fifth World Water Forum will take place on the 8th and 9th of July in Zaragoza, Spain. After the first meeting in February in Brussels, which identified the themes relevant for Europe and an initial list of organisations willing to work on them, this second meeting will discuss progress within these themes and next steps to be taken to prepare the European input. For more information, please see the invitation. You can register for this event via the registration form. For more information about the European Regional Process, please download the programme or visit www.ewp.eu/erp09. More on the European Regional Process.
4th 'In and around Turkey' Regional Meeting
3-4 July 2008 • Skopje, Macedonia
This two-day workshop meeting was held on 3-4 July 2008 in Skopje, Macedonia, under the theme of “Water issues in the Eastern Europe: Impact of climate change, vulnerability assessments and adaptation measures”. The meeting was held within the regional framework of the 5th World Water Forum.
The effects of climate change on water resources in Eastern Europe, migration and changing land uses, human settlements and water, mitigating disasters were discussed during the meeting.The meeting was hosted by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Supply of Macedonia and the Ministry of Environment and Forestry of Turkey. Ministers from Macedonia, Albania and Turkey attended to the meeting.
Presentations were made by Albania, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Macedonia and Turkey. Roundtable meetings, followed by many experts from the countries of the region sharing similar problems were fruitful and provided guidance on the water issues in the Central and Eastern Europe. Many interesting ideas and comments have emerged in this context. The final report can be downloaded here.
Beside the meeting a side event was held in Skopje, under the theme of 'Water as the historical scene for the alliance of civilization'. Side event report can be downloaded here.