Plenary Session of the Congress
3 to 5 March 2009 - Strasbourg, France

Water management and local authorities: Congress contribution to the World Water Forum

On 3 March, the Congress held a debate on public water and sewer services to finalise its contribution to the 5th World Water Forum, which is taking place in Istanbul from 16 to 22 March 2009. Hasan Zuhuri Sarikaya (Turkey), Co-Chair of the World Water Forum, took part in the debate.

The key role of local authorities in water management was recognised for the first time at the 4th World Water Forum in Mexico City in March 2006, and the Congress calls for their active participation at the Forum in Istanbul and for a culture of responsibility which reasserts their role in managing water and sewer services.

Video of the debate

Hasan Z. Sarikaya: ''Cross-sectoral cooperation on water will contribute to solving common problems''

''Under the theme ''Bridging Divides for Water'', the 5th World Water Forum in Istanbul will focus on the need for greater interaction of the various entities involved in or affected by water management,'' stated today Forum Co-Chair Hasan Zuhuri Sarikaya addressing the Congress. Two days will be dedicated to the local and regional dimension, resulting in the adoption of the Istanbul Water Consensus – an agreement to step up action on water and sanitation issues. They will be followed by a trialogue meeting between government ministers, parliamentarians and territorial authorities.

Interview with Hasan Z. Sarikaya: “The economic crisis should not be an excuse to put off work on the environment”

Ahead of the World Water Forum to be held in Istanbul from 16 to 22 March next, Hasan Zuhuri SARIKAYA, Co-Chair of the World Water Forum and Undersecretary in the Turkish Ministry of Environment and Forestry, talks about the environmental challenges for local and regional authorities and the need for the latter to be closely involved.

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