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6th World Water Forum
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1st World Water Forum

Marrakech, Morocco - March 1997


Mahmoud Abu-Zeid (Chairman World Water Council),

Minister A. Meziane Belfkih (Minister of Public Works, Morocco)

and Minister Hassan Abouyoub (Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Morocco)

Friday, March 21, 1997

First Session:
Perspectives on World Water

Co-Chairperson: Mr. Mahmoud Abu-Zeid, Chairman, World Water Council

  • Mr. Nitin Desai, Under-Secretary-General for the United Nations Department for Policy Coordination and Sustainable Development (represented by Mr. Pierre Najlis): The role of fresh water in sustainable development
  • Mr. Hassan Abouyoub, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Morocco: Water and globalization of trade
  • Mr. Ismail Serageldin, Chairman, Global Water Partnership: Partnership for international water management
  • Mr. Bo Kjellen, Swedish Ambassador to the United Nations: Comprehensive Freshwater Assessment
  • Mr. Mohamed Benmejdoub, Director, Rotary International: Water and the Rotary International
  • Mr. Asit K. Biswas, Chairman, Technical Program Committee, World Water Council: Lessons learned since Mar del Plata
  • Mr. Anthony Milburn, Executive Director, International Water Quality Association: The need for a blue revolution
  • Mr. Jon Lane, Director, Water Aid: Governments and NGOs: partners for the next millennium

Second Session:
On the Road Toward a Long-Term Vision for World Water

  • Chairperson: Mr. Hassan Abouyoub, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Morocco
    Co-Chairperson: Mr. Ismail Serageldin, Chairman, Global Water Partnership
  • Baroness Chalker, Minister for Overseas Development, United Kingdom: Putting water policy development into practice
  • Mr. A. Meziane Belfkih, Minister of Public Works, Morocco: Integrated water management
  • Mr. Kader Asmal, Minister of Water Affairs and Forestry, Republic of South Africa: Water resources management in Africa
  • Mr. H. Martin Lancaster, Assistant Secretary, Department of Defense, USA: Water policy of the US Army Corps of Engineers
  • Mr. Ranjith Wirasinha, Executive Secretary, Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council: The need for a long-term vision in the water supply and sanitation sector
  • Mr. Herman E. Roo, International Hydropower Association and Board Member of ADELCA: Prospects for Hydropower development:: a perspective from Latin America
  • Mr. Aly Shady, President, International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage: Water and agricultural development


Saturday, March 22, 1997


Third Session:
The challenges of the 21st Century
Celebration of World Water Day

  • Mr. Jacques Diouf, Director General of FAO: Water and food security

  • Mr. Anders Wijkman, Assistant Administrator UNDP Chairperson: Mr. A. Filali, Prime-Minister, Morocco

  • Welcoming address by Mr. A. Filali, Prime-Minister, Morocco


  • Mr. Kofi Annan, Secretary General of the United Nations (represented by Mr. Jin Yongjian, Under-Secretary-General for the United Nations Department for Development Support and Management Services): Water and the United Nations
  • Mr. Federico Mayor, Director General of UNESCO: Water and Civilization
  • Mr. James Wolfensohn, President of the World Bank (represented by Mr. Ismail Serageldin, Vice-President): The World Bank water resources management: policy and priority
  • Mr. James Gustave Speth, Administrator of UNDP (represented by Mr. Anders Wijkman, Assistant Administrator): Water, energy and environment
  • Mr. G.O.P. Obasi, Secretary General of WMO: Climatic changes and global fresh water management

Celebration of World Water Day 1997


  • Hosts: Prime Minister, Mr. A. Filali, Mr. F. Mayor, Mr. G.O.P. Obasi and Mr. M. Abu-Zeid

Fourth Session:
The challenges of the 21st Century


  • Mr. O. Kabbaj, President of the African Development Bank
  • Mr. Mitsuo Sato (represented by Mr. Pierre Uhel, Vice-President)
  • Mr. Abdellatif Y. Al Hamad, President of the Arab Fund for Social and Economic Development
  • Mr. J. M. Martin, Director, European Commission: European Task Force, Environment and Water
  • Mr. Jérôme Monod, President of La Lyonnaise des Eaux: The role of the private sector in water management
  • Mr. Alex Taylor, President of Agra Industries Ltd.: The role of consulting firms in promoting public/private partnerships
  • Mr. David McDowell, Director General of IUCN (represented by Mersie Ejigu): Freshwater and biodiversity
  • Mr. Mahmoud Abu-Zeid, Chairman of the World Water Council: Marrakech Declaration


Closing Ceremony

Sunday, March 23, 1997

  • Technical Visits


Monday, March 24, 1997

  • Meeting of the Board of Governors of the World Water Council


Tuesday, March 25, 1997

  • Start of Study Tour in Morocco (three days-optional)