9th World Water Forum

The countdown to the world’s largest water event is under way 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:


21 March

Heads of State and International Organizations Roundtable - with GWP Chair Howard Bamsey, Executive Secretary Darío Soto-Abril, GWP Southern Africa Chair Jakaya Kikwete, and GWP Southern Africa Executive Secretary Alex Simalabwi,  9:00 AM GMT

Ministerial Roundtable Segment - with GWP Chair Howard Bamsey and Executive Secretary Darío Soto-Abril, 14:00 GMT

“Financing our future: Shared funding mechanisms for managing shared water resources” - with Armand Houanye, GWP West Africa Executive Secretary, 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

AMCOW 20th Anniversary - Room 205, CICAD, 9:38-9:45

Launch of partners initiatives (Africa Investment Program High-Level Panel) - Room 205, CICAD, 11:45-12:00

“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 D47, 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 

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