The General Assembly of the World Water Council was held on December 9-11 in Paris, France, where the Lake Baikal Foundation was represented.
The aim of the meeting was to elect a new board of members for the organization, as well as to adopt the World Water Council’s strategy for the next three years.
Much attention was focused on the underfunding of the water sector and the consequent risk of not achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goal 6 ‘Clean Water and Sanitation’. Among the proposals were the promotion of mixed financing and the establishment of the Water Finance Coalition. In addition, the importance of water diplomacy in resolving transboundary water conflicts as well as the linkages between environmental security and water security were highlighted.
Among relevant issues of internal work of the Council was the representation of all parts of our planet in the organization. Today, Africa, Central Asia, and Russia are poorly represented in the World Water Council.
There was a great interest in Russia and its water policy. This interest is reinforced by the fact that Russia ranks second in the world in terms of fresh water availability and can become a guarantor of water security at the international level.
Despite this potential, our Foundation is still Russia’s only representative on the World Water Council. The Lake Baikal Foundation continues to participate in the Council’s events, sharing news and analysis on the results of our projects with Council members.
The mission of the World Water Council is to bring together efforts to update and address relevant issues in the water sector at all levels, including negotiations at the highest level. The World Water Council is the founder and co-organizer of the World Water Forum. The next forum will be held in Bali in 2024.