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Head of Gov’t leads Moroccan delegation to 10th World Water Forum in Indonesia

Head of Gov't leads Moroccan delegation to 10th World Water Forum in Indonesia
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Head of Government Aziz Akhannouch, accompanied by Equipment and Water Minister Nizar Baraka, leads the official Moroccan delegation that will participate in the 10th World Water Forum, scheduled for May 18-25 in Indonesia’s Bali, held under the theme “Water for Shared Prosperity.”

The Moroccan delegation participating in this Forum is composed of high-ranking officials from the relevant ministerial sectors, as well as institutional partners and actors and experts from the water sector, according to a statement from the Ministry of Equipment and Water.

Morocco’s participation in this major global event, organized every three years by the World Water Council and the host country, will be marked by Akhannouch presenting the Grand Hassan II World Water Prize in its 8th edition during a special ceremony on May 20, at the opening session of this global event.

This prestigious Prize was established in 2002 through a joint initiative by the World Water Council and the Kingdom of Morocco, in memory of the late HM Hassan II and in tribute to the efforts the late Sovereign made for the development of international cooperation and solidarity for the sustainable management and preservation of water resources.

Bearing profound meanings that celebrate solidarity and the encouragement of science, innovation, and fruitful work in the field of water, the 8th edition of this prestigious Prize, valued at U.S.$500,000, has been organized under the theme “Water Resources Security for Food Sovereignty and Shared Prosperity,” especially in a global context marked by successive crises and the worsening effects of climate change, which have made water security and food sovereignty a challenge for all countries, according to the same source.

Considering the international importance of the World Water Forum and our country’s regular participation in this global meeting, the Kingdom of Morocco plans to actively and dynamically contribute to the work of the 10th edition of this Forum.

Since its first edition in Marrakech in 1997 and after eight successive editions, the last of which was in Dakar in 2022, the World Water Forum in Bali will once again be organized as a unique and distinguished platform for the exchange of experiences and knowledge, and a major opportunity to increase high-level international mobilization around sensitive water-related issues, capable of unifying visions to tackle global water challenges.

Furthermore, to consolidate the distinguished position of the Kingdom of Morocco within the international water community, the Kingdom will be present in the “Exhibition Space,” which will be held on the sidelines of this global forum, according to the statement.

Thus, the “Morocco Pavilion” will highlight the Kingdom’s experience in water resource management in the face of current and future challenges.

Additionally, the parallel events and seminars organized in this Pavilion will also provide an opportunity to share experiences and to showcase the efficiency of the anticipatory national water policy and to confirm its dynamism and renewal in the face of the multiple challenges encountered in water resource management, particularly the challenge of climate change.

The availability, quality, and sustainable management of water, a vital resource, are factors that affect prosperity, human well-being, and development.

The 10th edition of the World Water Forum is expected to welcome more than 30,000 participants from 172 countries, including hundreds of ministerial delegations and thousands of participants from various backgrounds, as well as international organizations, research institutes, civil society, and the media.

As usual, this edition will offer a series of activities and events, as well as high-level working sessions, seminars, and ministerial meetings, which fall within the fundamental themes of the Forum related to political, thematic, and regional aspects.

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