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People - water, sanitation and health at the 8th World Water Forum

Access to drinking water and basic sanitation is an essential human right, according to a declaration issued by the General Assembly of the United Nations (UN), since it responds to the guarantee of life and health of the population. In addition, the task of ensuring the availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all was one of the objectives of sustainable development (ODS 6) established for 2030. The challenge of achieving this goal in little more than one Decade will require an extraordinary effort by the countries, multilateral institutions involved with the theme and society in general. In order to do so, it is necessary to explore new ways of overcoming existing obstacles, be they technical, financial, institutional arrangements and forms of cooperation between countries.

People - 2nd Discussion June - Aug 2017

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Providing global access to safe water and sanitation – and thus increasing human health and dignity particularly of poorest populations – requires strong capacities and good governance structures and mechanisms, as well as the ability to share experiences, practices and knowledge. Any action should consider long-term sustainability.

The 8th World Water Forum will host focused discussions on these cross-cutting subjects – capacity, governance, sharing and sustainability – in order to identify the main hindrances and actions required to overcome difficulties that are common to the 6 core themes (climate, people, development, urban, ecosystems and financing).

You can contribute to the debate by commenting on the following set of questions:

CAPACITY (June 12 to July 2) - 3 weeks:
  • How can education and capacity building for water be enhanced to provide adequate water, sanitation and health of people?
  • In relation to the provision of water, sanitation and health of people, what opportunities do new technologies offer for the improvement of water monitoring? What about for information communication technology (ICT) and decision/policy making?
  • How do international cooperation initiatives enhance water capacity development for water, sanitation and health of people?

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GOVERNANCE (July 3 to July 16) - 2 weeks
SHARING (July 17 to July 30) - 2 weeks
SUSTAINABILITY (July 31 to August 13) - 2 weeks
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Minani Leodegard's picture

Minani Leodegard said:

Dear colleagues, my comment is about water sharing, as a topic that can have different expressions depending on categories of communities. Water sharing is best applicable to African communities since population in developed countries can fully have access to clean water. In contradiction, the range of between 10-30% of the population in poor communities can afford the access of clean water. Different approaches have since longtime tested to reduce this rate of poor communities’ access to water ratio. These were boreholes ground water, river water treatment and distribution, underground water source extraction, and rain water harvesting....Read more

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THALITA SALGADO said:

Hi everyone. I should answer those previews questions, but I am asking if there is any discussion about regulation of sanitation in developing countries, like Brazil? Here, we dont have a single Regulatory Agency, but many of them. Is there any specific discussion about this ? Thank you very much.

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Mariana Paal Fe... replied:

Hi Thalita,

This is a very pressing matter in fact, and the idea is that we duscuss sanitation from various perspectives. However, at this moment we are focusing on the Capacity Building. I will make a note so we can come back to regulation/ governance, but I encourage you to share this thought in the other discussions, specifically Urban and Finance. What are the key structures that can ensure we achieve the SDG 6? We definitively have to discuss that at some point.

Best regards,

Mariana.

 

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RICARDO ALBA ALDANA said:

OK

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Mariana Paal Fe... replied:

Thank you Ricardo. ICT are a key ingredient in sharing knowledge and technologies to a larger audience.

All the best,

Mariana.

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RICARDO ALBA ALDANA said:

Hello moderators and water friends

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Mariana Paal Fe... replied:

Dear Ricardo,

thank you for sharing your experience with us. What about for information communication technology (ICT) and decision/policy making?

Best regards,

Mariana.

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Davi Silva Fagundes said:

Prezados Moderadores e participantes do Fórum Mundial virtual, Bom Dia!

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Mariana Paal Fe... replied:

Olá Davi,

muito obrigada pelas suas contribuições. Sem dúvida, a educação ambiental desde a escola é fundamental. E quanto a tecnologia de comunicação de informação (TIC) e decisão / formulação de políticas?

Abraços,

Mariana.

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Analice Martins said:

Hi all! I'm Analice from Sao Paulo but currently living and working in Stockholm. I'll try to address the first question:

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Mariana Paal Fe... replied:

Dear Analice,

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Andres Mauricio Tautiva Garcia's picture

Andres Mauricio... said:

Hi everyone, I’m Mauricio Tautiva; Water, Sanitation and Hygiene advisor from an International NGO (Première Urgence Internationale).

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Mariana Paal Fe... replied:

Thank you, Mauricio, for your contributions.

What have been your key learnings when engaging the local community with the initiatives you mentioned?

Regards,

Mariana.

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Hassan Aboelnga said:

Dear All,

We had insightful and privilege discussions in the first round regarding the challenges of People - water, sanitation and health that you would like to be discussed in World Water Forum, 2018.

I welcome you all to this new discussion for cross-cutting subjects of capacity, governance, sharing, and sustainability, starting with capacity for first 2 weeks.

We look forward to your valuable insights and the fruitful discussion. 

Regards

Hassan

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Angelo Lima said:

Sobre capacitação e educação, creio que uma experiência que vale ser visitada é da Articulação do Semiárido Brasileiro  (ASA).

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Mariana Paal Fernandes Martinato's picture

Mariana Paal Fe... replied:

Obrigada, Angelo.

Vi rapidamente o projeto de cisternas. Como a ASA trabalha a questão da eficiência do uso de água nas atividades da comunidade, principalmente no que diz respeito à produção de alimentos?

Em relação ao desenvolvimento sustentável, quais oportunidades as novas tecnologias oferecem para melhorar o monitoramento da água? E quanto a tecnologia de comunicação de informação (TIC) e decisão / formulação de políticas?

Abraços,

Mariana.

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Angelo Lima replied:

Olá Mariana

eu fiz uma solicitação à um colega da própria ASA que possa entrar nesta discussão e ele falar ainda com mais detalhes da experiência deles.

abs

Angelo

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Mariana Paal Fe... said:

Hello all,

Welcome to the People Room. We would love to here your thoughts and ideas regarding capacity building to the better use of Water.

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Caros, 

Sejam bem-vindos à Sala sobre Pessoas. Adoraríamos ouvir suas ideias e considerações sobre como capacitar as pessoas para o melhor uso da Água?

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taciana replied:

É preciso promover processos formativos para mudar a cultura de abundância da água. O senso comum da sociedade de que a água é um recurso abundante, não contribui para que atitudes e práticas de conservação sejam incorporadas pela população nem que seja cobrada uma atuação competente das autoridades responsáveis pela gestão da água.

Para isso é preciso trabalhar em todos os níveis de ensino, nas instâncias formais e não formais de educação.

 Iniciativas como são relevantes

http://premioprofessoresdobrasil.mec.gov.br/

http://www2.ana.gov.br/Paginas/imprensa/noticia.aspx?id_noticia=13224

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Analice Martins replied:

Hi Mariana!

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People - 1st Discussion Feb - Apr 2017

This discussion is now closed.

The 8th World Water Forum will have Water and People as one of its central themes, focusing on access to water, sanitation in all its aspects, and water and health issues. In order to reach that, three topics have been set to comprise the debate questions under People. The following topics should split into Thematic Sessions and other debate stages during the 8th World Water Forum in 2018:

  1. Enough safe water for all
  2. Integrated sanitation for all
  3. Water and public health

Considering the above topics about People – Water Sanitation and Health:      

  1. What are the major challenges under each topic that concern civil society and communities and need to be raised for debate during the 8th World Water Forum?
  2. How those challenges apply to problems in your city, community or neighbouring surroundings?

Your feedback is going to support the organisation instances of the Forum in the definition of Thematic Sessions and other opportunities for debate during the event.

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Letícia França de Oliveira's picture

Letícia França ... said:

 Bom dia, primeiramente queria agradeçer ao forúm mundial da água por nos disponibilizar a participar das discussões, o que pode nos ajudar a pensar no que estamos fazendo, porque mesmo com o racionamento da água muitas pessoas estão disperdiçando água, talvez com essas discussões aqui as pessoas vejam que se não "cuidarmos" do resto da água que temos ela vai acabar e não vai ter nada que possamos fazer pra reverter a siuação, o que temos que fazer é economizar enquanto temos. Sobreos temas abordados nem todos tem acesso à água segura, ao saneamento e nem saúde o que temos que "dar" um jeito de ajudar quem não tem.

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Diana Iskreva said:

Dear Contributors,

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Aguenkeu Mefinnyia Elie Bertrand's picture

Aguenkeu Mefinn... said:

evening everyboding

In a country like my own and many other’s sud Saharan country I strongly believes that the quantity of fresh water available is more than enough to supply the entire population but the problems which I think should be tackle during the conference  are how to create awareness on the leader’s of those country on the necessity to proper manage the available water resources and how to efficiently construct potable water supply scheme.

thanks

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Masroor Ahmad replied:

Dear Aguenkeu

You are spot on that the problem is more of management rather scarcity. I believe that awareness could be one among many tools for better management of available resources but the most appropriate and effective tool is improved water governance (through effective legislations), improved structure of service delivery institutions and effective enforcement of regulation.

masroor ahmad

Islamabad, Pakistan

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William said:

Boa noite senhoras e senhores, em minha opnião deveria investir mais em processos de capitação de água, porque tem muita região que chove bastante e acaba sofrendo com a falta de água! Mas queria da os parabéns tambem pelo fato de ter colocado o racionamento , assim a população tenha um pouco mais de noção de o quanto à água e importante!

William Franco Melo - CEMTN

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Davi Silva Fagundes replied:

Prezado William, Bom Dia!

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Luiggi Ballardo's picture

Luiggi Ballardo said:

Buenas tardes a todos

En mi opinion los retos mas grandes en los cuales la poblacion esta sumamente interesada son:

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Shahid Mallick's picture

Shahid Mallick said:

In Bangladesh rivers are being polluted maiinly by corporate business. 

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Dr John Coulter said:

Water availability is governed by the number of people demanding water from a particular source and the size and sustainability of that source. Unless emphasis is placed firmly on limiting human populations through making access to family planning and to contraception then human populations will always tend to outstrip supply. It's not a shortage of water but a longage of people that creates the present dire situation. Unless this element is addressed we are wasting our time with international conferences.

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TCHOKOUATOU GHI... replied:

bonjour,

Dr John, certes que la croissance démographique est l'une des causes de pénurie d'eau dans nombreux pays, mais la solution ne résiste pas uniquement dans la limitation des naisances comme tu le propose car il ne faut pas oublier que la croissance démocraphique a son aspect positif pour le développement du pays

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ROSE ALABASTER replied:

Dear Dr Coulter, 

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Diana Iskreva replied:

Dear Rose,

Dear John,

It is a nice debate going on here! Cases like these bring so much live and sense to our e-room!

I very much agree with Rose's statement. For example, I come from a country (Bulgaria) which population has been constantly shrinking for negative population natural growth rate since early 1980s, topped with intensive emigration rate since mid-1990s. The result is that in 1982 the population was 9 million and today it is about (or even less than) 6 million people.

At the same time the access to and quality of drinking water, and especially to sanitation has not improved, but even got worse especially in rural areas.

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ROSE ALABASTER said:

Dear Diana, 

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Diana Iskreva replied:

Dear Rose,
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Diana Iskreva said:

ONLY A COUPLE OF DAYS LEFT BEFORE THE DECISION WOULD BE MADE!
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André Scantimburgo said:

Mais do que assegurar a sustentabilidade da água e democratizar o seu acesso  por meio da universalização do saneamento básico, torna-se de extrema importância reconhecer a água como um direito fundamental. Além disso, a água deve se manter como um bem público sob responsabilidade do Estado e da sociedade, não podendo ser objeto de especulação financeira e privatização. 

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Diana Iskreva replied:

Dear Andre,

Welcome to the PEOPLE's e-room! I cannot agree more that access to safe water and sanitation is a fundamental human right! Please, look down through the discussion to read a number of comments and exchange on this topic, and to contact potential collaborators for joint action on water and sanitation as human rights for possible thematic session at the 8th World Water Forum.

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Michael Anjello... said:

If we do not waste safe drinking water then it is going to benefit all of us. We can also think of rain water harvesting in each and every house and in institutions. Using nanotechnology we can reduce the evaporation of water and the saved water can be used as safe drining water during summer seasons to some extent.

Efficient usage of water should form one of the agendas in the forum which should be easily understood by the grass root people and illiterate ones.

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Diana Iskreva replied:

Dear Michael,

Thank you very much for your contribution!

You are the 1st person to mention "rainwater" in this e-room. Please, will you specify whether you mean usage of rainwater for drinking, sanitation and hygiene or for other purposes?

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Michael Anjello... replied:

Dear Diana,

As we all know rainwater is the purest form of water on our earth. It can be used mainly for drinking purposes even after a long period of storage. If it is in excess we can use it for other domestic purposes also.

Best regards.

Truly,

Jothi

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Masroor Ahmad said:

I have just use the voting option and must congratulate all who are behind the hard work of compilation and categorization. As we all know water is a complex sector and is becoming more and more a contested commodity due to urbanization, economic boom, climate change and disasters. I am sure discussion must have been made on the role of legislations (policies ad laws), Institutions (from governance to structures and from financing to service delivery) and accountability – but I did not see these in the list. For shared vision, prosperity and equality we must highlight he role of policies, intuitions who are responsible for service delivery and their accountability mechanism.

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Diana Iskreva replied:

Dear Masroor,

You are right that the role of legislation was not included in the list of potential session themes for the 8th World Water Forum. It is only for the fact that no one until this week had raised these issues at all in this e-room. As a moderator, I am going to turn the attention of the Thematic Secretariat that a number of participants this week raised already this issue and insisted that it had to become a part of the thematic process priorities.

Thank you for your contribution!

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Diana Iskreva said:

Vote to Choose the Issues to Debate at the 8th World Water Forum.

Why Vote?

Since mid-February this year, people from around the world have contributed to a set of online discussions (called Your Voice) that will help to prepare the 8th World Water Forum in Brasília-Brazil, in 2018.

After 6 weeks of lively debate, 90 water issues have been identified and are now presented for voting at worldwaterforum8.org, in 4 languages.Until April 23, worldwaterforum8.org provides the opportunity for anyone to vote for the issues that should be debated at the 8th World Water Forum. 

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ROSE ALABASTER said:

Dear colleagues,

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Masroor Ahmad replied:

Dear Rose

You are spot on and I would like to draw your attention towards the bigger question of Governance. Right Policies, strong framework and robust monitoring may not  (the results of improved WASH situation) if the institutional governance is poor or weak.

Masroor

Water Governance Specialist

Islamabad, Pakistan

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Diana Iskreva replied:

Dear Rose,

It is great to meet you here! 

Thank you immensely for rasing these very imporant issues! Some of them - e.g. legal framework, were not rasied in this e-room before. I hope, you also visited the Governance e-room where you can also bring out issues for consideration and discussion.

And please, enter the voting page at English - http://www.worldwaterforum8.org/ and vote for the themes you consider most imporant to have sessions on during the 8th World Water Forum, 2018. You may vote under any thematic and cross-cutting theme.

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DAUDA I.FIKA said:

The scarcity of water in some part of arid to semi arid regions of north eastern part of Nigeria is forcing people to use any available water  regardless of quality, in most of our communities water quality is not considered as an issue.

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Hassan Aboelnga replied:

Thanks Dauda for your contribution. I think you mean the camps in this area where more than a million people have been displaced by violence in north-eastern Nigeria, most of them settling in host communities where basic services are scarce. Providing clean water and improved sanitation goes a long way towards protecting the health of children.

It would be great if you give us more insights on this issue 

Regards

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Diana Iskreva replied:

Dear Dauda,

Your concern is understandable! Do you have information about some links between driking water quality and human health in NE Nigeria? How do you think, the problem could be presented at the 8th World Water Forum?

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Shahid Mallick replied:

Hi Diana, Currently I am doing a research on water pollution and public health in Bangladesh and my focus in on a particular riverside people and river name is Bangshi. We are hopeful to share you the findings of the research soon

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Diana Iskreva said:

THE DEADLINE IS 23 APRIL!

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Shahid Mallick replied:

I have voted

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Natália Gaspar said:

Caros colegas,

É preciso garantir água limpa para o abastecimento humano - residências, escolas, hospitais - como prioridade sobre qualquer outro uso. A cobrança deve ser aplicada somente aos grandes usuários.

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Diana Iskreva replied:

Dear Natalia,

Welcome to the PEOPLE e-room!

Will you, please, explain more about your recommendation. Do you suggest that water has to be provided for free to schools and hospitals? It is not very clear at least from the English translation. As I do not know a word in Portugues, I am using the google translator available with a direct link at the upper left corner of the World Water Forum website. You may decide to do the same to read my reply :-)

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John Emilio Tatton said:

Caros Colegas

Estamos justamente agora nesse momento em sala de aula estudando e refletindo sobre a questão dos Recursos Hídricos e Saneamento.

Somos da Faculdade de Engenharia da FAAP em São Paulo. www.faap.br

Somente com o esforço coletivo das partes interessadas - universidade, empresas, prefeituras e sociedade civil exercitaremos a gestão da água mais justa.

#SOMOSTODOSÁGUA

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Diana Iskreva replied:

Dear John Emilio,

Why do not put us in contact with the other colleagues around you :-) They sure have opinions to share!

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John Emilio Tatton said:

Caros colegas

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Diana Iskreva replied:

Dear John Emilio,

Great that you decided to share this information!

It is a problem, a large problem! And, of course, it is not one simple reason that caused it, and it is not one stakeholder that can solve it! When the official statistics says 12 million inhabitants, they are usually not less than 15... And even 12 million living on a very limited overcrowded area - all with their needs, then - there is usually a problem.

What is your personal opinion? How this problem has to be tackled now and today? Where to start from? Who has to lead the stakeholders in their efforts to identify a sustainable solution?

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Diana Iskreva said:

THE DEADLINE IS 23 APRIL!

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Davi Silva Fagundes said:

Prezados Coordenadores e Secretaria Executiva do 8º Fórum Mundial da Água, Bom Dia!

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Diana Iskreva's picture

Diana Iskreva replied:

Dear Mr. Fagundes,

As I promised to your earlier, I forwarded your comment to the Forum Secretariat. They suggest that you sent your proposals to them at secretariat@worldwaterforum8.org or contact@worldwaterforum8.org. The Forum Secretariat will consider all new issues that have emerged from the recent discussions and contributions in the e-rooms. 

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Diana Iskreva replied:

Dear Prof. Fagundes,
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Davi Silva Fagundes replied:

Dear Diana, Good morning!

Thankful for the information. I will be sending the proposals to the secretariat of the forum.

I am fully prepared here in Brasilia.

When the World Forum is held, I want to get to know it and exchange information.

Att.,

Davi Silva Fagundes

Brasília - Brazil

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Davi Silva Fagundes said:

Prezados Coordenadores e Secretaria Executiva do 8º Fórum Mundial da Água, Bom Dia!

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Diana Iskreva's picture

Diana Iskreva replied:

Dear Prof. Fagundes,

Thank you for your message! I will highlight it to the Forum Secretariat and Forum experts on your request, as I have no means to asure you that these people are reading all the contributions in Your Voice.

As you are based in Brazilia, as far as I understand, you probably will take part in the 2nd Stakeholders' Meeting, 26-27 April, and would also be able to raise your concerns directly there?

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Gustavo Aranha said:

O ser humano necessita de água, somos compostos em maioria por ela e a usamos diariamente. Garantir água potável a toda população tem se mostrado um desafio quase impossível, mas tem de ser um esforço que precisamos cumprir. A água é um recurso natural, vital para cada ser humano, é um direito humano ter acesso ao mínimo de água.

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Diana Iskreva replied:

Dear Gustavo,
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clara osorio said:

Boa noite, me chamo Clara Osorio e sou estudante de Engenharia Civil no Rio de Janeiro.

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Diana Iskreva replied:

Dear Clara,
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Libel Pereira d... said:

Vivo em um das cidades com menor percentual de serviços de saneamento do Brasil. O nosso desafio é fazer com que as pessoas comecem a cobrar do estado uma condição de vida digna e sustentável.

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