From time for Solutions to time for commitments

16 March 2012

Loïc Fauchon, President of the World Water Council

Since Monday, the 6th World Water Forum has gathered in Marseille thousands of participants who have exchanged, discussed and argued. And like everyone, I am delighted! In all, I have found a passionate spirit seeking practical solutions.

This proves that our idea of ??making this Forum the Time For Solutions was realistic and achievable. Moreover, I have seen a greater involvement of all stakeholders: politicians, NGOs, companies, scientists, experts...

All is not finished yet. Here now is commitment time. We are now facing the challenge to act. And we are expected to act!

We can improve the lives of billions of people who suffer every day from lack of water or sanitation. For this, we move forward:

- At the field level where solutions come from, available here at the Forum. It is up to us to disseminate and contribute to their implementation;

- The path of hydro-diplomacy, these are the commitments that governments, local and regional authorities have defined.

Tomorrow at Rio+20, we will recall that "Water Security" - for domestic, social, economic needs and for environmental balance - is among the strategic needs for the future!

Loïc Fauchon, President of the World Water Council

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