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Thematic Process

Following its two-year thematic preparatory process, the 5th World Water Forum highlighted a wide range of water-related issues through over 100 sessions during the Forum week, organized under six themes and 23 topics.

Sessions discussed possible solutions to some of the most important challenges facing mankind in the 21st century, which represent a wealth of information and data on current and future water-related issues.

The thematic presentations made during the Forum week can be found in the CMS.

Background Information

The thematic process for the 5th World Water Forum followed a “pyramid” approach: all themes, topics and sessions ultimately led to the achievement of a clear set of experiences, recommendations and commitments for action on bridging water divides among actors, sectors and among the present and future generations.

The programme framework was developed by the programme Committee and specified the aim, themes and topics. 6 themes were identified:


  • Global Changes and Risk Management
  • Advancing human Development and the MDGs
  • Managing and Protecting water resources and their supply systems to meet human and environmental needs


  • Governance and Management
  • Finance 
  • Education, Knowledge and Capacity Building

Thematic Coordinators identified for each theme: their role was to develop within a thematic consortium the respective theme, topics and sessions to identify and share experiences and actions bridging the gaps between actors, sectors, regions and generations of relevance for the theme and to formulate recommendations, commitments and actions to further build these bridges.

TopicsThemesIssuesOverarching Theme

Topic 1.1
Adapting to Climate Change

Theme 1:
Global Changes & Risk Management

Providing Water for Sustainable DevelopmentBridging Divides for Water

Topic 1.2
Water-related Migration, Changing Land Uses and Human Settlements
and water

Topic 1.3
Managing Disasters

Topic 2.1
Ensuring Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for All

Theme 2

Advancing Human Development and the MDGs

Topic 2.2
Water for Energy, Energy for Water

Topic 2.3
Water and Food for Ending Poverty and Hunger

Topic 2.4
Multiple Use and Functions of Water Services

Topic 3.1 Basin Management and Transboundary  Cooperation

Theme 3

Managing and Protecting Water Resources and their Supply Systems to Meet Human and Environmental Needs

Topic 3.2
Ensuring Adequate Water Resources and Storage Infrastructure to Meet Agricultural, Energy and Urban Needs

Topic 3.3 Preserving Natural Ecosystems

Topic 3.4

Managing and Protecting Surface, Ground, Soil and Rainwater

Topic 4.1

Implementing the Right to Water and Sanitation for
Improved Access

Theme 4

Governance and Management

Enabling Mechanisms for Development

Topic 4.2

Improving Performance Through Regulatory Approaches

Topic 4.3

Ethics, Transparency, and Empowerment of Stakeholders

Topic 4.4

Optimizing Public and Private Roles in Water Services

Topic 5.1

Sustainable Financing for th Water Sector

Theme 5


Topic 5.2

Pricing Strategies as a Tool for a Sustainable Water Sector

Topic 5.3

Pro-poor Financing Policies and Strategies

Topic 6.1

Education, Knowledge and Capacity Development Strategies

Theme 6

Education, Knowledge and Capacity Development

Topic 6.2

Water Science and Technology: Appropriate and
Innovative Solutions for the 21st Century to Address the Needs of Society

Topic 6.3

Using the Assets of Professional Associations and Networks to Achieve the Millennium Development Goals

Topic 6.4

Data for All

Topic 6.5

Water and Culture