The activities of the 8th World Water Forum began Saturday morning (17) with the opening of the Citizen Village – a free space open to the public. The opening ceremony was attended by authorities, civil society and press to start the official activities of the event.
“For the first time we will have an open Forum to receive the population and share their experiences in relation to the water issues and be able to move ahead to a new awareness of this good that is confused with life itself”, emphasized the governor of the Federal District, Rodrigo Rollemberg, during the opening of the Village.
The importance of popular participation in the debates of the Forum was also highlighted in the speech of the president of the Forum's Citizen Process Committee, Lupércio Ziroldo, who said it is paramount to involve the citizen in the water culture. “Entertaining and integrating people, and making them familiar with this theme that is crucial to human life, that's the reason of being for this space for the population”, he emphasized when highlighting the role of the Citizen Village.
Representing civil society and the youth, Tatiana Silva, drew attention to this important portion of the population that for many years remained absent from decision-making processes on water and sanitation. “The Forum is historic for the participation of people under 35 years of age in the debates,” she celebrated.
To the director-president of the Regulatory Agency for Water, Energy and Basic Sanitation of the Federal District (Adasa), Paulo Salles, the Citizen Village is a great achievement of this eighth edition. “This Forum is open through the right door, which is the door of citizenship. For the first time in the Southern Hemisphere citizenship has a free space, and you don't pay to be able to participate”.
The diversity of attractions of the space dedicate to the citizen was mentioned by Ricardo Andrade, director of the National Waters Agency (ANA) and the executive director of the 8th World Water Forum. “We will have over 30 thousand people circulating here during the event, who will be able to know the solutions market, the installation of the museum of tomorrow, to watch the movie screening of the film festival, among other attractions,” said Andrade.
The mobilization of citizens to establish the theme in the political sphere was seen as fundamental by the president of the World Council of Water, Benedito Braga. “At this important moment, Brazil shows that citizen participation is fundamental for the water agenda to rise to the highest political leaders, and the Citizen Village took advantage of this – to bring the population to the debate”, he stressed.
During all days of the event, from 9am to 9pm, the Citizen Village will engage with formative activities, cultural, interactive, sensory and promoting dialog about the use of water. The idea is to bring society together and integrate it in this important discussion on water resources.
The accreditation fo visitation can be done on-site or via the website. Check out here the complete agenda and join in!
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The activities of the 8th Forum following start today (March 17) and end March 23rd. The 8th World Water Forum is organized in Brazil by the World Water Council (WWC), by the Brazilian Ministry of the Environment (MMA), represented by Brazil's National Water Agency (ANA), and by the Government of the Federal District, represented by the Regulatory Agency for Water, Energy and Basic Sanitation of the Federal District (Adasa). The Brazilian Association of Infrastructure and Basic Industries (Abdib) is a member of the National Organizing Committee (CON).