9th World Water Forum March 22 - 27, 2021 - Diamniadio (Dakar) - Senegal

In March 2021, participants from every horizon, including political and economic decision-makers, multilateral institutions, academia, civil society and the private sector will gather in Dakar, Senegal for the 9th World Water Forum.

Building upon previous World Water Forums, the 9th Forum will, through an innovative framework, seek to identify, promote and implement concrete responses and actions for water and sanitation in an integrated way. 

It will be the first time the World Water Forum, the largest international water-related event, will be held in sub-Saharan Africa.

The goal of Senegal and the World Water Council is to organize a more effective Forum at the social, political and economic levels, a Forum Catalyst for Action on commitments on water and sanitation, a Forum connected with the SDG agendas, platforms and commitments, the Sendai Agreement on Natural Hazards and Disasters, the Paris Climate Agreement, Africa’s Agenda 2063, etc., and a contextualized, global and local Forum, anchored on the main water challenges of Africa and the world.

It is important to note that previous editions of the World Water Forum included three major processes: thematic, political and regional. The 9th World Water Forum in Dakar will mark a break with the institutional organization of past Forums. It focuses on an integrated preparation based on quality exchanges, multiactors around a limited number of priorities integrating the previous tools of the processes: thematic, political, regional, citizen. The Dakar 2021 Forum will focus on four priorities: 

  1. Water security and sanitation 
  2. Cooperation 
  3. Water for rural development 
  4. Means and tools