Updated coverage, 14 April 2015: 7th World Water Forum: Putting the Water-Energy Nexus into Practice with Economic and Policy Incentives

Updated coverage, 13 April 2015: 7th World Water Forum: Keys to Providing Safe Drinking Water for All

Click here to view #WaterRules! photos from the 7th  World Water Forum.

WaterLex will join other members of the Swiss Water Partnership (SWP) at the 7th World Water Forum 2015 in Daegu, South Korea, 12-17 April 2015, with dynamic plans for the exhibition hall as well as side events in partnership with UNESCO-IHE, the Freshwater Action Network Mexico (FANMex) and the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE).

The World Water Forum (WWF), which is the world’s largest meeting on water, has been organised every three years since 1997 by the World Water Council on or near World Water Day (22 March). The event consists of three main processes — political, thematic, and regional — in which officials, legislators, and local and regional authorities from more than 150 nations take part. Topics are developed in cooperation with the private sector, governments, industry, intergovernmental organisations (IGOs), non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and academic groups, and then incorporated into a common framework of goals and targets to be achieved. Click here for the WWF programme.


In collaboration with UNESCO-IHE, WaterLex will organise a special cross-section event regarding parliamentarians in the Political Process on Wednesday entitled “Shaping an Ideal National Water Law: A Multi-Stakeholder Dialog.” From a multi-stakeholder perspective, the event will examine the essential elements for a water law to lay the foundation establishing water availability and sustainable management for present and future generations. During the event, WaterLex will present its Parliamentarian HelpDesk initiative.

The current roster of speakers:

Zambia – Mr. J.J. Mwimbu, MP – Water management: needs, gaps and opportunities
Switzerland – Mr. Luc Recordon, MP – The Swiss legal experience and practices in water management
South Korea – Mrs. Parks, MP – The Korean legal experience and practices in water management
UNESCO-IHE – Mrs. Zaki Shubber, Lecturer in law and water diplomacy advisor – What can we learn from water-related legal reform in South-Asia? An advisor’s point of view
WaterLex – Mr. Jan Van de Venis – Legal desk director – The need for a human rights-based approach to integrated water resources management
UNECE – Mrs.Chantal Demilecamps, Environmental Affairs Officer –
Legal framework to ensure transboundary water management: an example with the 1992 Convention and its implementation guidelines
World Youth Parliamentarian for Water – New President of the movement to be elected – Water management for the present
(Information: Wednesday, 15 April 2015, 15:40- 16:40, Gyeongju HICO 3rd floor, Convention A)


WaterLex has been invited by the UNECE to participate in the Thematic Process by taking part in a panel discussion entitled, “Safe Drinking Water for All: Realising the Human Right to Water and Sanitation,” (HRWS) along with FANMex. WaterLex will present its Parliamentarian HelpDesk initiative. The event will feature an address by Luc Recordon, MP, who will present the Swiss experience. Jan van de Venis will moderate the event.

(Information: Monday, 13 April, 11:20-13:20, DEC 310, Daegu-EXCO 3F room 324, session code T.1.1.1).


Elodie Tranchez, left, and Christine Strub.

WaterLex Legal Desk Officer Dr. Elodie Tranchez, left, and Director of Human Resources and Office Mgt. Christine Strub.

At the SWP exhibition hall booth, WaterLex will maintain an informative table display and show its short introduction video throughout the forum’s duration. There will also be a talk and networking event entitled, “Water Stewardship – New Legal Challenges” (Tuesday, 14 April, 16:30-19:00). WaterLex Legal Desk Director Jan van de Venis and Legal Desk Officer Dr. Elodie Tranchez will host the event.

In the booth area, WaterLex staff and forum volunteers will take photos of attendees who would like to support better water governance by standing with WaterLex and holding up our Twitter hashtag sign: #WaterRules! We’ll create a photo gallery and use the hashtag in our tweets, and we hope you will, too.

Click here to download and print our sign, take your own photo with it, and post it to Twitter with the hashtag #WaterRules!

Click here to see example photos of WaterLex staff.

Click here for the full SWP booth programme.

(Information: WaterLex at EXCO – Swiss booth, No. 90, Yutongdanji-ro, Buk-gu, Daegu 702-712, South Korea).

For more information:

WaterLex International Secretariat

Tel: +41 22 907 36 46
Email: info (at) waterlex.org

About WaterLex:

WaterLex is an international public interest development organization based in Geneva, Switzerland. It is a UN-Water Partner with UN ECOSOC special consultative status. Its mission is to develop sustainable solutions based on human rights to improve water governance worldwide, particularly in regard to consistent water law and policy frameworks. It works with an alliance of interested parties to improve water-governance frameworks, bringing them in line with country obligations under international human rights law. The interested parties are individuals and groups working in government (diplomatic missions), academia (professors of law, researchers), bilateral cooperation (water management advisors), the judiciary (high/supreme courts judges), the UN system (UN-Water family members), and civil society (NGOs that work on water issues). WaterLex works in partnership with 85 universities to continuously enrich the content of the WaterLex Legal Database. The organisation is funded by grants and project financing from public agencies, foundations, private gifts, and in-kind contributions. Established in 2010, when the human right to water was recognised by the UN, the organisation has a secretariat in Geneva with 15 staff members, a supervisory board of directors, and a large pool of members and expert advisors. It is an official member of the Global Water Partnership, UNDP Cap-Net, UNDP Global Water Solidarity, UNEP Global Wastewater Initiative, and Swiss Water Partnership.