Brazil stopped to think about water from March 17 to 23. During the 8th World Water Forum, Brasilia, authorities, specialists and citizens from over 170 nations. The topic was on the agenda of governments, enterprises and society’s voice. At the closing ceremony, held on Friday, Senegal received the flag of the World Water Council as the host country of the 9th Forum.

Mansour Faye, minister of Water and Sanitation of Senegal, praised the eighth edition of the event. "The results of the Forum in Brasilia teach us that sharing water requires appropriate cooperation mechanisms to build a world of peace and stability around the shared basins and aquifers," said.

More than 100,000 people attended the world’s largest water event, which had as its overarching theme "Sharing Water". The participants packed the Mané Garrincha National Stadium and the Ulysses Guimarães Convention Center.

In 2021, Dakar, the capital of Senegal, will host the ninth edition of this mega event.  After receiving the flag of the World Water Council, Faye said that taking on the responsibility symbolizes a return to African arrays, "the cradle of mankind".

Faye talked a little about what the public can expect in Dakar three years from now. According to him, the continent will be working in four areas: water security, cooperation, innovation and water for the rural world. The goal is to draw attention to aspects of the management and participation of society to ensure the long-term availability of water.

"From today on, Senegal will present and defend the Dakar 2021 initiative as a catalyst for universal access to water and sanitation. An important component of the Forum will also be related to monitoring programs, with the goal of having tangible results during the event," pointed.

Check out the exclusive interview with Abdoulaye Sene, president of the Committee of the 9th World Water Forum:

8th Forum: what can we expect of the 9th World Water Forum, in Dakar, Senegal.

Abdoulaye Sene: We want a 9th World Water Forum that is efficient, very popular and with concrete answers to the problems Africa is experiencing in relation to water challenges. We hope that everyone, including governments, are in Dakar to put water at the top of the agenda because water is the connection to all the solutions for peace and for development.

8th Forum: In Brazil, the theme was Sharing water. In Senegal, what will it be?

 Abdoulaye Sene: Water security for peace and development will be the theme of the ninth edition in 2021. I believe that the debates will give emphasis to the issue of water as an essential element and we need to all be supportive and cooperative to build global commitment to solving the water problems as soon as possible, all over the world.

8th Forum: what drew most attention at the 8th World Water Forum?

Abdoulaye Sene: The Citizen Village was what caught my eye. It was a very good innovation and we're going to assess a way to build this experience in Dakar, a kind of window into actions around the world, putting all citizens in this process.