The World Water Forum is the world's largest event on water. It has been organized every three years since 1997 by the World Water Council, in partnership with a host country. The 9th Forum will be the first of its kind to be hosted in sub-Saharan Africa.

More time to prepare

With the postponement of the 9th World Water Forum scheduled to take place in Dakar in March 2022, the stakeholders involved in the preparatory process will have one more year to prepare for this long-awaited major event, which should help to ensure water security everywhere and for everyone.

This postponement due to the progression of the Covid-19 pandemic throughout the world will make it possible to reinforce the efforts already made within the framework of the preparatory process so that the next edition of the Forum

The theme will be Water Security for Peace and Development.

Global water community

Bringing together participants from all levels and areas, including politics, multilateral institutions, academia, civil society and the private sector, among others, the World Water Forum provides a unique platform where the international water community and key decision makers can collaborate and make long-term progress on global water challenges.

Created in 1996, the World Water Council is the founder and co-organizer of the World Water Forum and catalyzes collective action during and in between each Forum.

The ambition of Senegal and the World Water Council is to organize a different Forum, at the social, political and economic levels, a Forum that is a catalyst for action to accelerate universal access to water and sanitation, a Forum that is connected and linked to global agendas and commitments relating to SDGs, the Sendai agreement on natural risks and disasters, the Paris agreement on climate, Africa's 2063 agenda, etc.


The Forum will also be an opportunity for Senegal and the World Water Council to exchange views on the future of water and sanitation, and a contextualized, global and community-based Forum anchored on key water challenges in Africa and around the world.

The Dakar 2022 Forum will focus on four priorities, namely:
● Water Security and Sanition
● Water for rural development
● Cooperation
● Means and Tools including the crucial issues of financing, governance, knowledge management and innovation; four axes that constitute priorities for Africa, but also for the world as a whole.