The Political Process

Provisional Calendar
Ministerial Process
Parliamentarian Process
Local and Regional Authorities Process


The objectives of the Political Commission are to facilitate a better understanding of water issues by political decision-makers, including outside the water sector, and to help give greater consideration to these issues at all levels of decision-making. Its mandate is to:

coordinate the work of the 3 political segments (local and regional authorities / parliamentarians / governments) that the political outcomes effectively reflect the main issues, action targets and solutions emerging from the experts analyses and from regional priorities;

- build on previous fora and move forward, by reviewing the commitments made (parliamentarians’ help desk, “Istanbul consensus” for local and regional authorities and “water champion cities”, topics in the ministerial declaration) and then taking forward selected topics or new commitments;

- monitor the implementation of the decisions from the Forum of Istanbul and include into political documents (declarations, recommendations or voluntary commitments) the new recommendations of the various thematic and regional processes.

The political process is chaired by Sujiro Seam, Deputy Director of the Global public goods directorate at the French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, and the Vice-President is András Szöllösy-Nagy, UNESCO- Institute for Water Education’s Rector.

Parlemantarian Process
French MP for the Pas-de-Calais
World Water Council
Local/Regional Authorities Process

Former French Minister of environment –Mayor of Bourges
World Water Council
Governmental Process
Minstry of Foreign and European Affairs
World Water Council/ UNESCO


Provisional Calendar

February 2011
UNEP Governing Council
March 2011
World Water Day (Cape Town)
PrepCom 2 « Rio +20 »
May 2011
International meeting Local and Regional Authorities Process (Lyon)
June 2011
International preparatory meeting Parliamentarian Process (Strasbourg)
August 2011
World Water Week (Stockholm)
Autumn 2011
PrepCom 1 World Water Forum
November 2011
Conference « Bonn +10 »
February 2012
PrepCom 2 World Water Forum
March 2012
World Water Forum (Marseille)


Ministerial Process

The ministerial process wishes to make progress on targets specific to the Istanbul Ministerial Statement or standing out in the international negotiations, and to have the Marseille Forum’s recommendations recognised as a contribution to other ongoing UN processes, for example, on water and health (WHO) or the Rio+20 Conference (Mid 2012) via the green economy.

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Forum documents

The Ministerial Declaration in English

The Ministerial Declaration in French

The Ministerial Declaration in Russian

The Ministerial Declaration in Spanish

The Ministerial Declaration in Chinese

The Ministerial Declaration in Arabic

Parliamentarian Process

The parliamentarian process aims at developing the permanent international Parliamentary “Helpdesk”. This tool will facilitate political cooperation regarding water-related legislation and will help share best practices and domestic water-related legislation.

Parliamentarian events:

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Contacts: or
François-Xavier Imbert,

Local and Regional Authorities Process

The Local and Regional Authorities process will highlight Local and Regional Authorities’ major role in achieving the Millennium Development Goals. The 6th World Water Forum will build on the results of the political processes organised previously. Thereby, the Istanbul Water Consensus (IWC), main output of the Local and Regional Authorities political process of the 5th World Water Forum (Istanbul, 2009), is the cornerstone of the Local and Regional Authorities process of the 6th World Water Forum.

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General Contact

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Post-Forum Highlights

The Forum outcomes

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