Indonesia to host 10th World Water Forum from 18-25 May 2024

The 10th World Water Forum (WWF) will be hosted by the government of Indonesia in Bali from 18-25 May 2024. Co-hosted by the World Water Council and a host city since 1997, participants from politics, multilateral institutions, academia, and the private sector attend the forum held every three years to achieve agreements that address global climate challenge.

The 10th WWF will carry a main theme of ‘Water for shared prosperity’ (Image: ACN Newswire)

This year’s forum will be attended by former presidents of Chile, Hungary, Slovenia, Malawi, Sri Lanka, and Costa Rica. The former prime ministers of Belgium, Korea, and Bhutan will also be present. The forum is said to produce a ministerial declaration (MD) as a main output, along with concrete deliverables in projects, initiatives and joint actions.

Indonesia will forward four proposals for the MD, including the establishment of a Centre of Excellence on Water and Climate Resilience (COE), mainstreaming Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) on Small Islands, and the designation of World Lake Day (WLD). Additionally, the MD will include a compendium of concrete deliverables and actions, an initiative for the follow-up to the 10th WWF.

“With the ministry of foreign affairs, we have been making efforts to ensure that many world leaders are in attendance,” said Endra Atmawidjaja, expert member at the ministry of public works and public housing (PUPR), in Jakarta. “Indonesia has achieved success in water governance with local cultural approaches. The Subak system has been recognised by UNESCO for its irrigation governance, [and] lake Bratan in Bali. These are examples that world leaders and delegates can directly observe.”

“Domestic and international media are crucial, as they contribute to the forum’s success and serve as a bridge to disseminate the importance of water management for the sustainability of life in the future,” he added. “We invite the media to observe and convey the many examples of water governance that we have implemented from Indonesia to the world.”

The 10th WWF and expo 2024: Bali itinerary

WWF 2024 kick off on Saturday, 18 May 2024, at Melasti beach, with a Balinese water purification ceremony. This event, to be attended by 1,500 people, includes two Balinese Hindu ceremonies expressing gratitude to animals in human life and seeking blessings from sea gods.

The Garuda Wisnu Kencana (GWK) cultural park will host the welcoming gala dinner on Sunday, 19 May 2024. The event will be attended by 2,500 people.  

The opening ceremony and high-level meeting commence on Monday, 20 May 2024, at the Bali International Convention Centre (BICC), Nusa Dua. This will be followed by meetings for political, thematic, and regional processes, as well as bilateral meetings with several heads of state. 5,500 participants will attend. This will be accompanied with the fair and expo, and the venues will be across Bali Nusa Dua Convention Centre (BNDCC), BICC, and Kuta beach.

The sessions for political, thematic, and regional processes will be held from 20-25 May 2025, while the ministerial meetings will take place from 20-21 May 2024.

The cultural night will be held at Taman Bhagawan on Friday, 24 May 2024. This event will be attended by 3,000 participants who will be presented with Indonesian traditional food, regional dances, and culture.

Lastly, the closing ceremony will commence on Saturday, 25 May 2024, at Mangupura hall. After the event, participants will be taken on field trips, including the Water Museum in Tabanan, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Jatiluwih, Lake Batur in Kintamani, and the cultural village in Ubud.

The 10th WWF is hosted by Indonesia’s National Organising Committee (NOC), which is chaired by coordinating minister for maritime affairs and investment, Luhut Pandjaitan. Its PUPR minister Basuki Hadimuljono will serve as daily chairperson for this event.