The global water and sanitation community will meet in Senegal, Dakar, from 21 to 26 March 2022, for the 9th World Water Forum, under the theme “Water Security for Peace and Development.

Designed to be a "forum of awareness", the ninth Forum will discuss the global water challenges facing people and nature now and in the future. The goal is to accelerate the effective implementation of the global water agenda, which is a prerequisite for achieving the SDGs, especially in Africa, a continent where water is vital to human development.

The Forum consists of official sessions, segments, high-level panels, special sessions and side events. The program includes about 90 official sessions built around four priorities:

- Water security and sanitation (21 sessions);

- Cooperation (23 sessions);

- Water for rural development (22 sessions);

- Means and tools (26 sessions).

The program of the Forum consists of a segment of ministers, a parliamentary segment, a segment of cities and local authorities, as well as a segment of basin organizations.

The ministerial segment is the main event of the Forum. The segment will take long-term decisions to advance the international policy agenda for achieving the water supply and sanitation targets of the SDGs. The segment will end with the adoption of the Dakar Action Plan, the Forum's political declaration, to be presented at the UN International Water Conference in New York in 2023.

In addition, the Forum will host 26 high-level sessions with the participation of government bodies and international organizations, 52 special sessions and various side events dedicated to the theme of the Forum.

The Forum will also host a major international exhibition. It is organized to demonstrate know-how, technology and innovation in the field of water supply, sanitation and the environment. Users, researchers, scientists and product and service providers will be able to participate in the exhibition. Apart from the Classis Exhibition, the main pavilions of the exhibition will be the "The Path of Responses", "African Village", "Sanitation Village" and the Senegalese exhibition site "Espace Sénégal".

The World Water Forum must step up action in Africa and around the world to achieve universal access to water and sanitation in the face of slow and unsustainable progress, growing climate-related pressures, rapid population growth, uncontrolled urbanization, pollution, etc. In short it is about fighting poverty and giving hope to hundreds of millions of people deprived of basic needs, especially in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

More information about the 9th Forum is available at: https://www.worldwaterforum.org/en

The World Water Forum is the largest event dedicated to the discussion and adoption of long-term solutions on global water problems. It has been organized every three years since 1997 by the World Water Council, an international body established in 1996 on the initiative of water specialists, the scientific community and international organizations.

The Water Forum is aimed at increasing the importance of the role of water in the political arena, sharing experience and knowledge, and coordinating actions to achieve water security. The Forum provides a unique platform where the international water community and key decision makers can collaborate to address global water issues.