Dakar, 26 March - The Senegalese capital hosted the 9th World Water Forum from 21 to 26 March under the theme "Water Security for Peace and Development". The Brazzaville Foundation intervened in a coordinated session on peace and stability.
As the event's host, President Macky Sall stressed that the forum was taking place "at a time when the scarcity of water resources and environmental degradation continue to worsen". For the Senegalese president, quoting a UN report, "the situation is not reassuring", particularly as "two out of five people in the world live in regions where water is scarce". Read his welcome message.
Opening of the World Water Forum by the President of the Republic of Senegal Macky Sall
The 9th World Water Forum provided an opportunity for the voice of the Congo Basin to be heard, firstly through the President of the Republic of Congo, Denis Sassou N'Guesso, who is also the President of the Congo Basin Climate Commission (CBCC). He delivered a speech to the plenary reiterating the urgency of preserving the planet's second lung and called on the international community to commit to funding the Congo Basin Blue Fund. This high-level advocacy was reinforced during the various meetings led by Arlette Soudan-Nonault, Minister of the Environment, Sustainable Development and the Congo Basin of the Republic of Congo and Technical Coordinator of the CBCC.
As a technical partner of the CBCC, the Brazzaville Foundation, represented by its Chief Executive Richard Amalvy, spoke at a session coordinated by the UNECE (*) on the theme "Water as a tool for cooperation, stability and peace". Speaking on behalf of civil society, the Chief Executive welcomed the dialogue established by the sixteen member countries of the CBCC, with the support of the Kingdom of Morocco, and the primacy of African competence in the governance of the Congo Basin Blue Fund, a guarantee of successful regional integration.
Intervention by Richard Amalvy, Chief Executive of the Brazzaville Foundation, at a session of the World Water Forum, coordinated by the UNECE, on the theme "Water as a tool for cooperation, stability and peace"
Read the article published on Le Soleil.
More information on the event website.
(*) The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe. Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes.