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President Jokowi Calls for Global Cooperation to Address Water Problems at 10th WWF

During the opening of the World Water Forum, he highlighted several efforts by the Indonesian government to bolster water infrastructure for various needs.

Dwi Rachmawati

20 Mei 2024 - 16.32
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President Jokowi Calls for Global Cooperation to Address Water Problems at 10th WWF

President Joko Widodo officially opened the 10th World Water Forum at the Bali International Convention Center (BICC) Nusa Dua Bali, Monday (20/05/2024). (Photo: Regency Secretariat Public Relations/Rahmat).

Bisnis, Jakarta – President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, in his speech at the 10th World Water Forum (WWF) in Bali, emphasized the need for global leaders to collaborate on achieving sustainable water security. This aligns with World Bank projections, which indicate that a lack of access to clean water could hinder economic growth by up to 6% by 2050.

“Through this forum, Indonesia hopes that the world can work together to overcome global challenges related to water,” said Jokowi at the Bali International Convention Center (BICC) today, Monday (20/5/2024).

Meanwhile, Jokowi emphasized that Indonesia is advocating for three key initiatives at the forum: enhancing solidarity and inclusiveness in addressing water scarcity in small island countries; promoting hydro diplomacy for innovative cooperation in water resources management; and reinforcing political leadership for sustainable water security.

During the opening of the World Water Forum, he highlighted several efforts by the Indonesian government to bolster water infrastructure for various needs.

These efforts include constructing 42 dams, developing irrigation systems for 1,18 million hectares of agricultural land, building 2.156 kilometers of water infrastructure for flood control and coastal protection, and rehabilitating irrigation networks for 4,3 million hectares of land.

President of the World Water Council Loic Fauchon acknowledged that the world faces a growing demand for clean water due to population growth, urbanization, and rising living standards. However, he pointed out that the availability of water resources is increasingly limited.

Therefore, he encourages the implementation of wiser water use by everyone. The 10th World Water Forum in Bali, said Fauchon, is not just a platform for sharing positive messages about water and sanitation. It is urgent for various parties to commit to and take concrete steps in becoming ‘water warriors’.

“The best message alone is no longer enough; we must convince and persuade the public that water requires more innovation, funding, and governance,” he explained.

At the opening of the World Water Forum, Fauchon presented seven main commitments of water warriors to state officials and delegates. These commitments include promoting global water security policies, changing habits to sustain water resources, and implementing nature-based solutions in river watersheds (DAS).

Additionally, the commitments call on all countries to enshrine the right to water in their constitutions and regional regulations.

“We propose that, step by step, the right to access water can be upheld for everyone,” said Fauchon.

Another key commitment is the formation of a funding coalition for water, namely ‘Money for Water’ which will be initiated at the upcoming UN conference. This coalition aims to eliminate water-related debt for the world’s poorest countries.

Fauchon emphasized that water warriors must also ensure that the majority of climate funds are prioritized for water-related projects, including wastewater management.

Additionally, there is a commitment to promoting more active and decentralized governance through multilateral cooperation, particularly in the restoration of rivers, lakes, and watersheds.


 

GLOBAL WATER INVESTMENT

In implementing the real action agenda for ‘water warriors’, substantial investment is essential. Dennis Francis, the 78th President of the UN General Assembly, emphasized that investment in the water sector is crucial for supporting sustainable development.

Additionally, Francis highlighted that investment in global cooperation is vital for ensuring the long-term stability of clean water supplies.

“Water cooperation initiatives are very important to create a prosperous world,” said Francis.

He also encouraged the delegates participating in the 10th World Water Forum to seize the opportunity to build connections and mobilize collective action for sustainable water availability.

According to him, the outcomes of the 10th World Water Forum will be presented for further discussion at the UN conference on water in 2026.

“I look forward to the results of this forum, and remain confident in its significant contribution to the UN’s water agenda,” Francis mentioned.

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