12 April 2015 - 17 April 2015
Daegu & Gyeongbuk, Republic of Korea

7th World Water Forum, Korea 2015

The 7th World Water Forum is the largest water-related event in the world and brings together the academic, industrial, public and private sectors to discuss global water challenges. IIASA will make a wide range of contributions to the Forum including a keynote speech by its Director General and presentations about its Water Futures and Solutions Initiative.

The World Water Forum facilitates international discussions on global water challenges and the 7th Forum takes place from 12-17 April 2015 in Korea. IIASA will actively participate in the Forum in several areas including:

  1. The role of science and technology in tackling global water challenges with IIASA Director General and CEO Professor Dr Pavel Kabat giving a keynote speech at the opening session as well as taking part in the CEO Innovation Panel.
  2. Taking a cross-sectoral approach to solving water challenges by exploring the issues at the nexus between the water, food and energy sectors through side events in collaboration with IIASA partners including the Asian Development Bank (ADB) among others.
  3. Convening two side events, in collaboration with ADB, UNESCO and the Austrian Development Agency (ADA) to present recent research from IIASA´s Water program and Water Futures and Solutions (WFaS) Initiative and bring together WFaS stakeholders.

IIASA's delegation to the World Water Forum will be led by Kabat and his special advisor, Professor Chin-min Lee, and include Dr David Wiberg, Acting Director of IIASA's Water Program, and Dr Piotr Magnuszewski, Research Scholar in both IIASA's Risk, Policy and Vulnerability (RPV) Program, and the Institute's Water Program.

The schedule, location and further details on IIASA participation at the World Water Forum can be found further down the page.


Water Futures and Solutions (WFaS) Initiative and the World Water Forum

The 7th World Water Forum in Korea represents a crucial milestone for IIASA´s WFaS Initiative. Major outputs from the initiative will be released there. Analysis of a first set of water futures scenarios, what limitations and trade-offs they may impose on future plans in the water-dependent sectors, and the risks to water, energy, and food security will be presented. And further presentations and reports of WFaS Fast-Track scenarios, analysis, and conclusions on the strengths, limitations, and opportunities for state of the art integrated, global science in assessing water management decisions are prepared for the Forum. 

Stakeholder involvement

All sessions convened by IIASA have a strong component actively involving concerned stakeholders. Participants are invited to connect with the WFaS Initiative to both contribute important concerns from water policy and governance perspective but also receive all future results – analysis and reports – produced by the consortium. IIASA wants to create a strong science-policy connection to jointly explore pathways for a sustainable water future.

The sessions have been designed and structured to cover a lot of ground in an efficient way. This designed approach may be a bit different from other meetings or workshops. It is based on the principles of the "Stakeholder Dialogue" - an approach that was specifically developed to enable highly productive and focused discussions for complex environmental challenges. It includes careful selection and use of facilitation techniques to make the most of everyone’s time. The workshop will be busy, very interactive and encourage full participation. It will feel informal but we will keep participants focused on task and ensure that everyone has the chance to contribute.


Watch the video: David Wiberg, Acting Director of IIASA´s Water Program, giving an interview at the 6th World Water Forum, that took place in Marseille in March 2012.



Events where IIASA will be involved:

MONDAY, 13 April 2015


Prof. Dr. Pavel Kabat, IIASA Director General and Chief Executive Officer, will give a keynote speech and be a panel discussant in the following sessions during the opening day:


Science and Technology Process Opening Ceremony

Time: 09:00-10:00

Location: Daegu-EXCO, Dec_502

Session on Fostering Innovation of the Science and Technology Process - Panel

Time: 11:20-13:20

Location: Daegu Inter-Bulgo EXCO Hotel, 5F Auditorium

CEO Innovation Panel Dinner

Time: 19:30

Location: Daegu


Convenors: 

National Committee of the 7the World Water Forum

Science and Technology Process Commission for the 7th World Water Forum





Asia Regional Events Opening Ceremony

Time: 08:00-08:50

Location: GYEONGJU - HICO, 1F Room 101,102

Convenor: Korea Water Resources Corporation (K-water)

Keynote Speeches from IIASA partner (ADB)


Water and food security in a changing world

Time: 09:00-09:40

Location: GYEONGJU - HICO, 1F Room 101,102

Convenor: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Co-Convenor: Global Water Partnership (GWP) Eastern Africa, Daugherty Water for Food Institute (DWFI), Arab Water Council (AWC),  Asian Development Bank (ADB), in collaboration with IIASA



Water and food security in a changing world / Tackling the Nexus in Economically Water Insecure Regions -Challenges and Innovations

Time: 14:40-16:40

Location: GYEONGJU - HICO, 1F Room 101,102

Convenor/Co-Convenor: Asian Development Bank (ADB) in collaboration with IIASA (represented by David Wiberg, Acting Director of the Water Program)

TUESDAY, 14 April 2015


Putting the water-energy nexus into practice. Economic and policy incentives

Time: 11:20-13:20

Location: DAEGU - EXCO, 3F Room 325BD

Convenor: International Water Association (IWA),International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)

Wednesday, 15 April 2015 


Pathways to a sustainable water future (WFaS Session 1)

Time: 14:40-16:40

Location/Agenda: GYEONGJU - Hotel Hyundai, 2F Ruby,Emerald

Convenor: IIASA

Co-Convenor: Asian Development Bank (ADB); Austrian Development Agency (ADA), UNESCO


Improving Science-Policy interface for developing water futures and solutions (WFaS Session 2)        

Time: 17:00-19:00

Location/Agenda: GYEONGJU - Hotel Hyundai, 2F Ruby,Emerald

Convenor: IIASA

Co-Convenor: Asian Development Bank (ADB); Austrian Development Agency (ADA), UNESCO


The program overview and schedule by processes as well as the full program of the 7th World Water Forum 2015 can be found on the official website of the Forum.

Statement by the Chairman of the 2015 National Committee for the 7th World Water Forum in Korea, Mr. Jung-moo Lee 

"In 2015, the World Water Forum, the largest water-related event in the world will take place in Daegu & Gyeongbuk of Korea. The World Water Forum is a large-scale international conference that is held every three years since 1997 in cooperation with the public, private sectors, academia, and industries. It was first launched in an effort to facilitate international discussions on global water challenges.

Water is one of the most basic element for the survival and happy life of humanity. However, many people around the world are suffering from water shortage and poor sanitation. Also, water issues have been a major concern in the 21st Century.

At this juncture, it is highly significant that Korea will host the 7th World Water Forum, where stakeholders from about 170 nations gather in Daegu & Gyeongbuk to discuss water challenges. In particular, the Science & Technology Process is newly included in the 7th Forum in order to make sure the implementation of solutions drawn from the previous editions of the Forum.

I expect the 7th Forum will see a lot of discussions and progress in resolving water-related issues, and also it will give Korea an opportunity to become a leader in the water sector. 

The 7th World Water Forum will give Korea an opportunity to become a leader in the water sector."


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