World Water Council Announces Kyoto World Water Grand Prize’s Winner
World Water Council, Marseille – The World Water Council is pleased to announce the winner of the 5th Kyoto World Water Grand Prize: Charité Chrétienne pour Personnes en Détresse (CCPD – Christian Charity for People in Distress), from Togo.
Presented during the World Water Forum since 2003, and organized in cooperation with the Japan Water Forum, the Kyoto World Water Grand Prize rewards the best water-related initiative carried-out by a grass-roots organization from a developing country. The prize of 2,000,000 JPY (approx. 18,000 USD) aims to support the most innovative activities in developing countries and to serve as a model for other organizations in these regions.
CCPD’s winning initiative will be presented at the closing ceremony of the 8th World Water Forum. The organization based in Togo will be recognized for the work it has accomplished by empowering individuals and community groups to improve access to safe drinking water and sanitation. This is through the construction and refurbishment of drinking water and sanitation facilities, clean-up of sites, and the organization of awareness and educational campaigns and workshops. These efforts have contributed to a noticeable decrease in water and sanitation-related diseases and deaths in the community of Agou-Klonou.
The 8th World Water Forum is set to welcome tens of thousands of water sector experts, decision makers, businesses, and civil society to what has become the world’s biggest water-related event. Held in the southern hemisphere for the first time, the Government of Brazil will host the event in its capital, Brasilia, between the 18th and the 23rd of March 2018.
The over-arching theme of “Sharing Water” will inform thematic, regional and political processes, underscored by sustainability and citizen’s participation. As water is an issue that concerns everyone, the World Water Forum opens its doors to the public through an interactive Citizen’s Village, accessible to all. In parallel, the Thematic Process organizes discussions and debates on a variety of themes relating to water security challenges and lessons. High-level panels will analyze adherence to and fulfilment of international agreements, including the 7th World Water Forum Implementation Roadmaps, the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Climate Agreement, among others. The Regional Process catalyzes knowledge sharing by collectively identifying key issues in specific continents through a solutions-based approach. High-level political commitments, stakeholder engagement combined with local perspectives provide a crucible for reaching realistic targets. The Political Process invites ministers, parliamentarians, mayors, governors, judges and prosecutors to talk about water in their communities. Water management solutions require firm political commitments from governments, and are therefore central to the World Water Forum. The Sustainability Focus Group engages with all three of the processes, aiming to ensure sustainable development is an underlying component.
“The purpose of the World Water Forum is to bring water experts and professionals closer to the decision-makers. We want ministers, heads of state, parliamentarians, mayors and presidents of municipal chambers to participate in the Forum, to exchange knowledge and to mobilize themselves around the rational use of water and global water security,” explains World Water Council President, Benedito Braga.
Latin America, the host region, provides solid expertise in water infrastructure management, providing 95% of its population with access to improved drinking water sources. For example, the Itaipu Power plant on the Paraná River, separating Brazil and Paraguay, is now the site of the world’s largest generator of renewable energy in the form of hydropower. The result of a bi-national partnership between Brazil and Paraguay, means each government owns 50% of the international company created to manage the plant, supplying both nations with energy. The World Water Council is proud to be able to cooperate with the region in its mission to place water at the heart of global cooperation and development through its partnership with Brazil.
The World Water Forum is designed to maximize interaction at all levels, from grassroots to heads of state, to better manage our most vital resource. Registration is available on the World Water Forum website (http://www.worldwaterforum8.org/en), along with information about rates.
About the World Water Council:
The World Water Council (WWC) is an international multi-stakeholder platform organization, the founder and co-organizer of the World Water Forum. The World Water Council’s mission is to mobilize action on critical water issues at all levels, including the highest decision-making level, by engaging people in debate and challenging conventional thinking. The Council focuses on the political dimensions of water security, adaptation, and sustainability, and works to position water at the top of the global political agenda. Headquartered in Marseille, France, and created in 1996, the World Water Council brings together over 300 member organizations from more than 50 different countries. More on www.worldwatercouncil.org @wwatercouncil #wwatercouncil