Get involved in the 8th World Water Forum

8th World Water Forum

The 8th World Water Forum will be hosted in Brasilia from 18 to 23 March 2018 by the Government of Brazil and the World Water Council. Under the theme “Sharing Water”, the World Water Forum is the world’s largest water related event held every three years.

UCLG, together with its international partners, will be co-organising the International Conference of Local and Regional Authorities on Water where local and regional leaders will be adopting the Brasilia Call for Action on Water.

UCLG and the issue of water

Water is a fundamental right, and guaranteeing access to drinking water and sanitation is one of local and regional governments’ key priorities. Our Action Agenda, adopted in Bogotá in October 2016, establishes a series of recommendations on “local action” and explains how local and regional governments can contribute to achieving the SDGs.

“Access to basic services is a human right that should be guaranteed for all. Local and regional governments should expand services and, at the same time, reduce the environmental impact of urban infrastructures”. The Bogota Commitment and Action Agenda

Since the 4th World Water Forum in Mexico in 2006, UCLG has played a vital role in mobilizing its members and defending the interests of local and regional governments. It is essential for UCLG to have presence at this major meeting in order to promote the local government position on the local management of water resources and the importance of local action to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and especially SDG6.

The International Conference of Local and Regional Authorities

UCLG is co-organizer of the International Conference of Local and Regional Authorities, together with ICLEI- Local Governments for Sustainability, the Global Water Operators’ Partnerships Alliance (GWOPA), the World Water Council and the Brazilian partners, that will take place on 20-21 March 2018.

The fifth edition aims to highlight the importance of integrated and sustainable water management led by local governments in the context of the implementation of the SDGs, as well as multi-level governance for water and sanitation, and better financing for services. The Conference will include 2 plenaries, 8 breakout sessions and 1 showcase experience session.

The International Conference of Local and Regional Authorities will commit globally by agreeing on a “Brasilia Local and Regional Governments Call for Action on Water”, encouraging actors to apply 10 recommendations resulting in experiences and lessons learned.

The 10 recommendations include, among others, the promotion of urban water resilience, capacity building in water governance, and equity access to balancing quality and quantity for marginalised population.

How to register to the Forum?

Deadline for registrations to the Forum is 28 February 2018. To register please follow the instructions on

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