Eleven authorities at the level of Heads of State and Government attended the 8th World Water Forum, in Brasília, including five Presidents (Brazil, Cape Verde, Guyana, Hungary and São Tomé and Príncipe), the Crown Prince of Japan, four Prime Ministers (South Korea, Morocco, Monaco and Senegal) and the Vice-President of Equatorial Guinea.
Other high-level international authorities also took part in the Forum, such as Slovenia´s former President, Danilo Turk, the Director-General of Unesco, the Executive Secretary of the Community of Portuguese-speaking Countries (CPLP), the Secretary-General of the Organization of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), as well as mayors, state governors, members of the Judicial branch, congressmen and representatives of international bodies, the academic community, the private sector and civil society.
The Political Process had four sub-processes during the 8th World Water Forum, namely National Governments; Local and Regional and Authorities; Parliamentarians; and Judges and Prosecutors. The latter was an innovative aspect of the Political Process of the 8Th Forum, and it allowed for the involvement of all key public actors in water-related discussions.
The number of participants in the Political Process is a clear indication of the great importance accorded to the 8th Forum as a locus for debate on water resources: the Ministerial Conference gathered over 100 delegations, including almost 60 Ministers and 14 Vice-Ministers. The sub-process of Judges and Prosecutors convened 83 judges, prosecutors and legal experts from 57 countries, many of whom Justices of national supreme courts. 134 representatives were present at the Parliamentarian sub-process. As for the sub-process of Local and Regional Authorities, nearly 150 mayors and other sub-regional authorities from Brazil and other countries were engaged.
A Ministerial Declaration focused on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was adopted during the Ministerial Conference. It was the result of an inclusive and consensus-focused process, where every country and representatives of civil society were given the opportunity to express their views. Six round-tables were also held, reflecting the issues addressed in the Thematic Process of the 8th World Water Forum (Urban, People, Financing, Development, Climate and Ecosystems).
Other than the Ministerial Declaration and the reports produced during the round-tables, the Political Process also delivered the following documents: the Declaration of Judges on Water Justice, the Declaration of Public Prosecutor Offices on the Right to Water, a Parliamentarian Manifesto and a Call to Action issued by Local and Regional Authorities. The latter also launched a guide called "Start with Water. Putting water on local action agendas to support global change".
It is an impressive body of documents that can be accessed through the links below and that reflects the discussions involving public agents directly responsible for decisions related to water and sanitation issues in different countries.