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Event date 21 Mar '22 - 25 Mar '22
Event location Dakar



9th World Water Forum


The countdown to the world’s largest water event is underway and this year, for the first time, the World Water Forum will be held in sub-Saharan Africa.

The event takes place on 22–26 March 2022 in Dakar, Senegal. The Forum will play host to politicians, economic decision-makers, multilateral institutions, academia, civil society organisations, local authorities, and the private sector.

This year’s overarching theme is ‘Water security for peace and development’ and will cover four key areas:

  • Water Security
  • Rural Development
  • Cooperation
  • Means and Tools

In addition to a booth, GWP will participate in a wide range of events to demonstrate the impact of its multi-stakeholder partnership, in particular in Africa, on improving the way the world manages its water resources. GWP will engage in a wide range of events including two important launches: 

Planned events with GWP participation (details to be confirmed)

19–20 March

World Water Council Board meeting


21 March

  • Heads of State and International Organizations Roundtable - 9:00 AM GMT
  • Ministerial Roundtable Segment - 14:00 GMT
  • “Financing our future: Shared funding mechanisms for managing shared water resources” - Room 3 Expo,  14:00-15:30 GMT


22 March

  • "ToolBox Learning Lab: How to Solve Water Conflicts?" - Youth Space Expo, 9:00-10:00 AM GMT
  • “Carbon-neutral Smart Water Management for Climate Resilience” organized by by the Government of the Republic of Korea - Room 4 Expo, 10:45-12:15 GMT
  • “Providing water information to decision makers at national, regional levels and to water users at local level” - Room 12 Expo, 10:45-12:15 GMT
  • “Water as a tool for cooperation, peace and stability” - Room 7 Expo, 10:45-12:15 GMT
  • Meet-up for the Community of Women in Water - GWP Booth, 12:30-13:15 GMT
  • “Alliances for SDG6” High Level Panel, organized by the Government of Spain – Room 6 Expo, 13:30-15:00 GMT
  • “Charting Water for COP27” High Level Panel, organized by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization – Room 10 Exp. 13:30-15:00 GMT
  • Source to Sea Meet Up - GWP Booth, 16:00 GMT


23 March

  • Plenary introduction on climate and water - CICAD Auditorium, 9:00-10:30 GMT
  • “International High-Level Panel for Water Investments in Africa: Unlocking Finance for Climate-Resilient Water Projects”  – CICAD Auditorium, 9:00-10:30 TBC
  • “Water and Climate Coalition Leaders – From words to action” organised by World Meteorological Organization -  Room 12 Expo, 14:40-12:15
  • "Towards more policy coherence regarding the migration–water nexus in the context of rural development" - Room 4 Expo , 10:45-12:15 GMT
  • "Promoting knowledge and tools for collaboration and benefit-sharing on transboundary water resources" - Room 7 Expo, 13:30-15:00 GMT
  • "Systems Approach to Deliver Water to People” High level panel organised by WWC IWRM Task Force. - Room 12 Expo, 13:30-15:00 GMT
  • "A new approach for hydro-climatic risk management" -  Room 1 Expo, 13:30-15:00 GMT 
  • "Enhance multi-stakeholder dialogue and partnerships, including with outside sectors" - Room 10 Expo, 13:30-15:00 GMT  
  • "Switching from Rural Development towards Rural Transformation" - Room TBD, 13:30-15:00 GMT 
  • Rural Development Keystone Roundtable - TBC. CICAD Auditorium, 15:15-16:46 GMT

24 March

  • Resolving Rubik’s cube: Multi-level Nexus governance for ensuring stability and sustainability in shared waters” organised by GIZ - Transboundary Water Pavilion Expo, 10:00-11:30 GMT
  • Transboundary side event - UNECE Pavilion, 12:00-13:00 GMT
  • "Improving water governance: from knowledge to action" (GWP IWRM ToolBox Special Session). CICAD Room 202, 13:30-15:00 GMT
  • Cooperation Keystone Roundtable. CICAD Auditorium, 15:15-16:45 GMT