Abdoulaye SENE

Co-President of the International steering committee

For the present and the future

It is with great pleasure that we share with all relevant stakeholders this first announcement of the 9th World Water Forum, by already giving them an appointment in Dakar from 22 to 27 March 2019. The National Organizing Committee, which I have the honor to lead, is hard at work to ensure that this event takes place in the best conditions and meets the expectations of actors in the global community of water and sanitation.

In this context, we have already organized a number of events with the inclusion of all categories of actors so that the contribution of Senegal and Africa is of very high quality. This momentum will be reinforced within the four working groups in charge of the Forum's priorities related to water security and sanitation, cooperation, water for rural development, means and tools. At the kick-off meeting held in Dakar on 20 and 21 June 2019, a fruitful reflection allowed participants from various backgrounds to establish the roadmap of the preparatory process.

We are now on rigth path, so that various milestones are set in the coming months, to mark the way to success of the 9th World Water Forum. It will also be an opportunity to share the experience of Senegal whose leadership in the management of water issues at the regional and global levels needs no longer to by demonstrated. After the MDGs, our country is resolutely committed to achieving SDG 6 for universal access to water and sanitation by 2030. This can only be achieved through global cooperation and the Forum in Dakar will make it possible to activate the operational levers.

The 9th World Water Forum will be particularly marked by the implementation of the "Dakar Initiative 2021", an innovation aimed at carrying out concrete actions on the ground. In this context, labeled projects will improve access to water and sanitation so that no one is left behind.

"Dakar 2021" offers an opportunity to come together to share our different experiences and cultural diversity with a view to giving new impetus to policies and actions that will consolidate hope to a world where threats on water, sanitation and the environment are increasing.

We hope you will take part in this great event for the present and the future.

We are counting on all of you to take part in this great historic rendez-vous to consolidate peace and development.

Abdoulaye SENE