On May 2nd and 3rd, 2016, the first meeting of the representatives that make up the organizing board of the 8th World Water Forum took place in Brasilia. The ISC was represented by the attendance of members of the World Water Council and representatives of national and international government bodies. There were 46 participants from 20 organizations altogether. The participants discussed the parameters and directives for the first pre-Forum meeting, the Kick Off Meeting, scheduled for June of this year.
The ISC established the bases for the functioning of the five Forum’s Commissions, namely:
- the thematic process committee, which provides the technical base regarding the theme of water and its various cross-cutting aspects, such as water and energy, economics, food, cities and ecosystems;
- the political process committee, which guarantees the debate among governmental authorities and parliamentarians;
- the regional process committee, which discusses the different water resource perspectives of the continents of the world;
- the Citizens Forum, which will discuss civil society participation in the Forum; and
- the Sustainability Focus Group, which addresses the perspectives of sustainable water use.
The World Water Council’s President, Benedito Braga, underscored the important contribution to the progress of the work involved of the support given by Brasilia’s governor, Rodrigo Rollemberg, to the World Forum events: “The World Water Council acknowledges the Governor’s efforts and commitment in regard to water issues and the ISC meeting is of the greatest importance for the success of the Forum”.
Among the important resolutions were the construction of an operational protocol or manual regarding the theme of sustainability with technical and topical recommendations intended to expand knowledge and provide a space for interlocution, to ensure greater sharing of the theme.
The Citizens Forum will be an important part of the event and of fundamental importance in creating a space of unrestricted interaction with the visiting public and society at large, with a special focus on young people and children. The event should be capable of maintaining a direct dialogue with the citizens and the public authorities, involving them in strategies that make them become direct participants in the World Forum with emphasis on culture, ethics, education and traditional communities.
“To us, one of the greatest, if not the greatest legacy we will leave is people being more committed to water-related themes and to striving for the sustainability of our region of Brasilia and its surroundings, as well as the Economic Development Integration Network (Rede de Integração de Desenvolvimento Econômico – RIDE). We are awaiting the great decisions that will be made, from here on, so that we can unfold actions that are coordinated and attuned with the International Forum team and ensure that we get to 2018 with Brazilian society and the population of Brasilia duly mobilized for the event” declared Paulo Salles, Director-President of the Federal District’s Water, Energy and Sanitation Regulatory Board (Agência Reguladora de Águas, Energia e Saneamento do Distrito Federal – ADASA).