Agência Brasil/Wilson Dias

Until next Friday (23), Brazil is hosting the world's largest event on water-related issues: the 8th World Water Forum. The event was designed in a participatory way since the closure of the seventh edition, in South Korea, in 2015. About 1500 institutions in around 100 countries participated in this preparatory process with expressive social participation, a milestone in the history of the Forum.

The Forum brings together in Brasilia representatives from more than 170 countries – scientists, government officials, parliamentarians, judges, people involved, NGOs, researchers and ordinary citizens – to exchange experiences, analyze problems and seek solutions related to the conscious use of water throughout the planet.

The World Water Forum seeks to bring, above all, education and environmental awareness. Bring water to the agenda of the ordinary citizen. The intention is that the Forum will transform the political discussion on water, raise the concern with the subject. For this, it is necessary that all sectors of society engage and participate in the event.

Brazil has a lot of fresh water, but it is distributed unevenly. The region with the larrgest water supply (North) is the least populous, and where there is the highest concentration of the population (south-East), water is limited.

Access to clean and safe water and to basic sanitation are not privileges. They are basic human rights recognized by the United Nations, since 2010. However, at different scales, water scarcity is a global reality that forces governments, companies and citizens to think of solutions so that water does not end up compromising all human activities and even life on the planet.

These issues reinforce the importance of hosting the Forum in Brazil. 89 exhibitors, about 1,300 speakers and over 45 thousand people will be gathered in Brasilia to participate in around 300 sessions, debates and side events, all related to water.

The Citizen Village is one of the innovations of the Brazilian edition of the Forum. Film screenings, interactive experiences and lots of information on the sustainable use of water aim to involve ordinary citizens of all ages with the theme of water. The programming will be extended through the night with presentations, entertainment and cultural. Additionally, the Village has a solutions market, a space that will showcase the solutions to water issues, which have been selected from all over the world.