18-23 Mar 2018
Brasilia, Brazil

The World Water Forum is the world’s biggest water-related event and is organized by the World Water Council (WWC), an international organization that brings together all those interested in the theme of water. Its mission is “to promote awareness, build political commitment and trigger action on critical water issues at all levels, to facilitate the efficient conservation, protection, development, planning, management and use of water in all its dimensions on an environmentally sustainable basis for the benefit of all life”.

Created in 1995 with its permanent headquarters in the French city of Marseilles, the Council is made up of representatives of governments, the academic world, civil society, companies and nongovernmental organizations, forming a significant membership spectrum of 400 water-related institutions representing around 70 countries around the world.

The World Water Forum contributes to the dialogue of the decision making process on water at the global level, seeking to achieve the rational and sustainable use of this resource. Given its political, technical and institutional scope, one of the Forum’s main features is the open, democratic participation of actors drawn from different sectors, making it an event of the greatest importance on the international agenda.

The World Water Council organizes the Forum every three years together with the respective host country and city. To date, there have been seven editions of the Forum, strategically distributed among countries on different continents. The distribution endeavors to represent the different themes associated to water resource use and management.

In 2014, Brazil’s candidature to host the event was successful and Brasilia was selected as the host-city for the event. Accordingly, in 2018, Brazil will be hosting the 8th edition of the Forum. It will be the first time the event is held in the Southern Hemisphere.

Location: Ulisses Guimarães Convention Center and the National Stadium in Brasilia, Brazil