World Water Forum to produce first-ever ministerial declaration


The 10th World Water Forum in Bali will produce its first-ever ministerial declaration since the forum was first held in 1997 in Morocco, an official from the
Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.
“For the first time in World Water Forum history, it will produce a ministerial declaration which is not negotiated but through consultation,” Director General of Multilateral Cooperation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Tri Tharyat said in a press conference here on Sunday. The declaration, which will be officially adopted on May 21, contains four main points that Indonesia is proposing at the forum. The first point is an international agreement through the UN General Assembly regarding the establishment of World Lake Day. “This will be an important legacy of the 10th WWF because so far, there has been less attention to lake management,” he said as quoted by Indonesian news agency (ANTARA).
The second point is agreement on Indonesia’s proposal to create a Center of Excellence related to water and climate change issues as well as efforts to build resiliency
Furthermore, the third point is the integrated management of water resources, especially in small islands. Meanwhile, the last point is Indonesia’s efforts to leave legacies through more than 100 concrete projects in the field of water. Those projects have been curated by the National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas), the Coordinating Ministry for Maritime Affairs and Investment, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing.
Tharyat noted that the 10th World Water Forum, held on May 18-25, is special because, for the first time, a high-level meeting will be held. The session will be attended by representatives of 108 countries and 30 international organizations. The triennial forum will also leave legacies in the form of a compendium or collection of projects that have been curated by relevant ministries and institutions in Indonesia.
“There will be concrete deliverables or concrete results in the form of projects that will not only be carried out in Indonesia or by Indonesia but also throughout the world,” he remarked.

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