A brief history of earlier World Water Forum editions reveals countries’ growing interest and the increasing participation and involvement of government authorities, technical professionals, companies, the private sector, the academic sector, water users and civil society in the discussions and their commitment to the results and expectations of future events.

The 1st World Water Forum took place in Marrakech in 1997 and by the time of the 7th edition in 2015 in the cities of Daegu and Gyeongbuk, Republic of Korea, the size and the importance of the World Water Forum had transformed it into the planet’s biggest single water-related gathering. 

Edition

Local

Year

Approximate number of participants

Link

Tema

  

     7ª

Daegu/Gyeongbuk, Republic of Korea

2015

40.000, Including 10 heads of state and government, as well as 121 government representatives from 168 countries

http://www.worldwaterforum7.org
http://www.worldwatercouncil.org/forum/daegu-gyeongbuk-2015/

Water for our Future

     6ª

Marseille, France

2012

35.000

http://www.worldwaterforum6.org
http://www.worldwatercouncil.org/forum/marseille-2012/

Solution for Water

     5ª

Istanbul, Turkey

2009

More than 30.000

http://www.worldwaterforum5.org
http://www.worldwatercouncil.org/forum/istanbul-2009/

Bridging Divides for Water

    4ª

Mexico City, Mexico

2006

27.500

http://www.worldwaterforum4.org.mx/
http://www.worldwatercouncil.org/forum/mexico-2006/

Local Actions for a Global Challenge

    3ª

Kyoto, Japan

2003

250.000

http://www.waterforum.jp/en/
http://www.worldwatercouncil.org/forum/kyoto-2003/

A Forum with a Difference

    2ª

The Hague, The Netherlands

2000

39.100

http://www.worldwatercouncil.org/forum/the-hague-2000/

From Vision to Action

    1ª

Marrakesh, Marocco

1997

500

http://www.worldwatercouncil.org/forum/marrakesh-1997/

Vision for Water, Life and the Environment