Beijing - Vice Chairman of National Organizing Committee (NOC) for the 10th World Water Forum and also as Minister of Public Works and Housing (MPWH) Basuki Hadimuljono emphasized the importance of accelerating actions to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 6 with the objective to ensure the access to clean water and sanitation for all by 2030.
"The sustainability of water resources has become a pressing global issues. Worldwide, demand for water continues to grow, while the water quantity and quality tend to decrease due to environmental pollution and climate change. Therefore, striving to achieve the SDG 6 is a pivotal step towards a sustainable water future," said Minister Basuki at the opening of the XVIII World Water Congress in Beijing, People's Republic of China, Monday (11/9/2023).
Moreover, Minister Basuki said that providing access to safe water and sanitation for all are essentials for eradicating poverty and hunger throughout the world.
"The World Water Congress and other water sector conferences must be able to strengthen and emphasize global commitment in accelerating the water-related agendas. We need to translate the global commitments into actions as the key to ensure water security for future generation," he added.
He also said that it is important to integrate the results of all meetings, including the current World Water Congress and other international agendas related to water resources, prior to the 10th World Water Forum which will take place in Bali next year.
"We are here to create synergy and further discuss the results of the meetings, define the upcoming agendas, mobilize resources, build partnerships and alliances with stakeholders in order to turn ideas into real action in addressing water challenges at the local and global levels," said Minister Basuki.
He hoped that the 10th World Water Forum in Bali will mark a milestone for the global political agenda in water sector which has started since the 9th World Water Forum in Dakar in 2022, followed by the 4th Asia Pasific Water Summit in Kumamoto 2022, the 2nd Dushanbe Decade of Water Action Conference in Dushanbe in 2022, The 2023 UN Water Conference in New York, and the XVIII World Water Congress in Beijing.
"Through the Processes of the 10th World Water Forum, including Political, Thematic and Regional Processes, various important topics related to global water challenges will be discussed in parallel with the International Water Resources Association (IWRA) congress discussions," said Minister Basuki.
National Organizing Committee of the 10th World Water Forum