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8th World Water Forum – Brasilia

18 ● 23.03.2018

The 8th World Water Forum will take place from the 18th to the 23rd of March 2018 in Brasilia. The FWP is the coordinator of the french delegation and will accompany the preparation process.

Our outcomes and conclusions from the 8th World Water Forum

Up to 200 French delegates were at the World Water Forum in Brasilia from 18th to 23rd of March 2018.

To read the French Water Partnership’s summary of events and teachings from the World Water Forum, click here.   

To find out when and where the French stakeholders participated in the Forum’s various events and sessions, click here

And to access the detailed programme of the French Pavilion at the Forum, click here.


The FWP’s photo album 


Take a look at our pictures from the 8th World Water Forum  by clicking here. (c) Ludovic Piron



Our videos 


Nicolas Hulot, French Minister for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition, sent the French delegates present in Brasilia his best wishes for the World Water Forum in the following video: 


The French Water Partnership went to meet its international partners to find out more about their activities and the ways in which they are working towards reaching the 6th Water SDG. Find our full playlist here.

You’ll get to hear from:

In English:

Huw Polner, from the Australia Water Parntership

Cees van de Guchte, from the Netherlands Water Partnership

Ricardo Medeiros de Andrade, Director of the Brazilian National Water Agency (Agencia Nacional de Aguas)


In French

Jean Launay, President of the French Water Partnership

Abdeslam Ziyad, Director of research and planification for water for the Kingdom of Morocco

Olga Darazs, Chair of the Swiss Water Partnership


Press outcomes


Our press releases

On March 22nd, the global water community celebrated World Water Day, which took place on 5th day of the World Water Forum in Brasilia. This year, the theme of World Water Day was “The answer is in nature”. Nature-based solutions is one of the FWP’s core topics. Take a look at our press release for World Water Day.

In English.

In French.


Our members’ press releases


The Butterfly Effect , the network of local and internationalCSO/NGO, published a press release on March 19th 2018 regarding the failure of civil society support to attend the 8th World Water Forum, stemming from the Forum organisers. 

To access this press release, click here

On March 23rd, the secretariat of the Forum issued a public apology. To access this statement, click here.


 Other media coverage 


The French Embassy in Brasilia published several short clips on water in Portuguese on its Twitter account.

Here is one of them:



Looking back on the World Water Forum – Key facts

Dates : 18- 23 March 2018

Place : Conference Center Ulysses Guimarães  – Brasilia, Brazil

Organizers :

  1. World Water Council
  2. Brazilian Government
  3. Federal District of Brasilia

Stakes :

This 8th edition of the World Water Forum follows that of the 7th edition which was held in Daegu-Gyeongbuk in Korea in april 2015. This edition’s theme is “Sharing water”. More than 40000 people from more than 160 countries are expected. The Forum will bring together decision makers, policy makers, civil society with the whole of the water actors around the world.

The Forum serves as an ideal event for nourishing the international advocacy of water stakeholders, being held prior to two major international meetings: the High Level Political Forum in July 2018, which will have a central role in the follow-up and review of the Sustainable Development Goals, and the COP24 on climate change in Poland in December 2018, which will initiate a process of reviewing and assessing the results of the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). Among the countries with an adaption goal in their NDCs, 93% have set water as a priority and must therefore be at the core of national policies and action plans for climate change adaptation.

On the agenda: 

  1. A series of sessions and High-Level Panels which will take place in the Conference Center Ulysses Guimarães
  2. An exhibition hall in the Mané Garrincha stadium. Come and join us at any point during the week on the French Pavilion in the exhibition hall for many different events 
  3. A citizen village, with exhibitions, a cinema and performances close to the Mané Garrincha stadium

Event website :

Detailed program of the Forum’s sessions: 


Come meet us at the World Water Forum ! 

The French Pavilion

The French Water Partnership and its members will be present in Brasilia during the 8th World Water Forum. Come meet us at the French Pavilion, located in the EXPO zone, booth E27, from Sunday 18th to Thursday 22nd.

We will be hosting several events: 

  1. Opening cocktail on Sunday 18 at 6PM
  2. 9 side-events organized by our members, with French-English translation
  3. 8 coffee breaks (at 10:30AM and 2PM every day) to celebrate the launch of several publications 
  4. 6 showcases to present our members’ projects and activities 
  5. Closing cocktail on Thursday 22 march at 5PM



  Click here to download the map to access the French pavilion


The French stakeholders’ program at the World Water Forum

On the French Pavilion 

Click here to access the detailed program of the French Pavilion.


In the Forum sessions 

Click here to view the program of the French participation in the Forum sessions.

Events organised by the French Water Partnership outside the French Pavilion 

Parallel to the 2018 World Water Forum and the World Water Day, the FWP is organising an event on the French-Brazilian water cooperation (invitation-only) in collaboration with the French Embassy in Brasilia, Business France Brazil, the French Development Agency, the Seine Normandy Water Agency, and the French Agency for Biodiversity.


The French Water Partnership’s messages 

The French water stakeholders would like to collectively share some important messages with a common objective: to mobilize the global community in order to meet the Sustainable Development Goals.

The water-related Sustainable Development Goal will be one of the goals reviewed during the High Level Political Forum in New York in July 2018. The Forum thus serves as a turning point to engage in collective advocacy before this upcoming meeting.

Click here to view our collective messages.


The French Water Partnership’s book launch 

At the occasion of the 8th World Water Forum, the French Water Partnership is launching two new publications: 

Acting for water in the Sustainable Development Goals – French solutions

Study water in France! 


Follow us live 

Use the #WWF8FRANCE hastag to follow us and stay tuned to French water stakeholders’ activities at the Forum! 


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