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The First Korea International Water Week (KIWW): Follow-up to the 7th World Water Forum

APWF secretariat attended the First Korea International Water Week, held in Daegu from October 19th to 22nd.

Background of KIWW
This event was the first initiative created jointly by government, industry and academia as a follow-up activity to the 7th World Water Forum, hosted by South Korea in April, 2015. Its aim was to show concrete implementation measures for the solution of water problems.

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Opening ceremony


Overview and Features of KIWW

Date: October 19 to 22
Co-hosts: Government of Korea (Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport; Ministry of Environment), Daegu Metropolitan government, Gyeonsangbuk-do Province and Korea Water Forum
Participants: 12,300 people from international organizations, government agencies from 62 countries, local governments, academic institutions, NGOs, and private companies from South Korea
Theme: Water Partnership for Sustainable Development

One of KIWW’s features was that South Korea, which had hosted the 7th World Water Forum, held sessions focused on the follow-up to the 7th World Water Forum, such as Implementation Roadmap and Annual Review of the 7th World Water Forum and World Water partnership, in order to continue playing a leading role in the global arena. It also made strong efforts to raise public awareness. For example, the government established various prizes for South Korean students and civic groups as well as for foreign groups in order to encourage and support them to identify the causal problems and implement the best solutions. The winner of the Prime Minister’s Award was awarded a scholarship worth two million Korean Won.

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Ceremony of Junior Water Prize


World Water Cities Forum (WWCF)
In parallel with KIWW, the Daegu Metropolitan government hosted the World Water Cities Forum (WWCF). Participating were the Nagoya City Waterworks and Sewerage Bureau (Japan), and representatives from Orange County (US), Taipei (Taiwan), Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam), Plovdiv (Bulgaria), Metro Manila (Philippines), Montpellier (France), and Leeuwarden (the Netherlands).

Representatives from these cities made presentations under the theme Cities and Water for Sustainable Development, in order to share their knowledge, experiences and efforts concerning solutions to water-related challenges; technological innovation for sustainable development, including processes and approaches; governance; sustainable financing mechanisms; and joint programs each city is involved in together with local academic institutes, researchers, and industry.

One factor that marked the WWCF was the effort put forth by the mayor of Daegu. He endeavored to generate a synergy effect by creating partnerships between cities with the aim of developing Daegu as a city with advanced water industry through learning from the presentations of participating cities. In the panel discussion, the participants discussed the principles behind each success story. Firstly, the leaders themselves are willing to learn best practices for the solution of water problems, and have short, middle and long-term visions for creating better cities. Secondly, governments should make an effort to communicate well with local residents and promote human-resources and cultivate organizations in order to implement such visions.

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Future Initiatives by South Korea
South Korea held its first KIWW this year, and announced that it will host the second KIWW, and the first Asia International Water Week (AIWW) from September 20 to 23, 2017 in Gyeongju in Gyeongsangbuk. The nation has taken positive actions since the 7th World Water Forum. While there are many similar international conferences across the world, South Korea seek to its own initiatives in the global arena by acquiring knowhow from various organizations. We would like to analyze the roles of South Korean-led initiatives such as KIWW and AIWW in the international community, and in Asia in particular.

(Reported by Yumiko Asayama, Manager)

19th Governing Council Meeting of the APWF

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On July 13th, the 19th Governing Council Meeting of the APWF was held at Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Center in Singapore.

Attending were representatives of 28 partner organizations of the APWF. Mr. Ravi Narayanan and Ms. Changhua Wu, Chair and Vice Chair respectively of the APWF’s Governing Council, presided over the meeting. Participants exchanged views and discussed the preparatory process for the 8th World Water Forum, to be held in March, 2018, and on prospects for the 3rd Asia Pacific Water Summit (APWS).

After the discussion, the members agreed on several points.

・The APWF should continue to press for a process byu which there would be convergence between the regional, thematic, and political processes at the 8th World Water Forum.
・APWF members will recommend the theme of urban water security as an option in addition to the 6 themes proposed by the World Water Council (WWC) for the regional process.
・Focused actions shall be on the "last mile", which requires to identify gaps, promote, innovation, and capture opportunity through collaboration and partnerships with public and private sectors when solutions of water security in the region are concerned.
・In the process leading up to the 8th World Water Forum, the APWF will welcome and promote participation by citizen’s groups, including women, the young, academia, as far as it was practical.
・The APWF will coordinate with the Asia Water Council (AWC), led by K-Water to take a concerted approach from the Asia Pacific Region.

1. Outline
Date8:45 – 12:00, 13th July, 2016
VenueMarina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Center, Singapore
OrganizerAsia-Pacific Water Forum (APWF)
(Host) Singapore Public Utilities Board
ParticipantsChair and Vice-chair of the APWF Governing Council Representatives from the APWF lead organizations, sub-regional coordinators and members (26 people)
2. Agenda
8:45-8:50Greetings
・Mr. Ravi Narayanan, GC Chair of APWF
・Ms. Changhua Wu, Vice chair of APWF
8:50-8:55 Adoption of the Agenda
8:55– 10:15 Regional Process of the 8th World Water Forum
10:15 -10:30 Break
10:30- 11:45 3rd APWS’s prospects and possible roles of partners
11:45- 11:50 Other matters
11:50- 12:00 Wrap Up
By Yumiko Asayama, Manager, Secretariat of the APWF

Joint Anniversary Celebration of World Water Council and Asia-Pacific Water Forum

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Joint anniversary celebration between the WWC and APWF blowing out candles on a cake The meeting


On July 12th, the APWF and World Water Council (WWC) held a joint anniversary celebration at Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Center.

The APWF, for which the Japan Water Forum (JWF) has served as secretariat, has achieved its 10th anniversary from the establishment. At the same time the WWC, in which the JWF is involved as a Board member, has reached the 20th anniversary of its foundation. Therefore, we held an joint event to commemorate both their own engagement and their common partnership for the inclusion of the voice of Asia in the World Water Forum.

During the event, Dr.Tom Soo, Executive Director of the WWC served as a moderator. Mr. Ravi Narayanan, Chair of the APWF’s Governing Council; Dr. Kotaro Takemura, Secretary General of the JWF; Mr. Chua Soon Guan, Deputy Chief Executive (Policy and Development) of PUB; Dr. Benedito Braga, President of WWC delivered their remarks. In addition, Prof Tommy Koh, first Governing Chair of the APWF, current Ambassador-at-Large for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Singapore and Dr. Mahmoud Abu-Zeid, first President of the WWC, Former Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation in Egypt, and current president of the Arab Water Council those who had contributed to the development of the APWF and WWC, respectively, also deliver their remarks and honored for each contribution and achievement. The anniversary event was followed by a toast and commemorative photos and video. The participants reaffirmed the need for further strengthening of partnerships to promote water security in the Asia - Pacific region and the world.

Outline
Date14:00 – 15:00, 12th July, 2016
VenueMarina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Center, Singapore
OrganizerAsia-Pacific Water Forum (APWF), World Water Council (WWC)
(Host) Singapore Public Utilities Board
ParticipantsWWC and APWF member, and 46 related parties

By Yumiko Asayama, Manager, Secretariat of the APWF

ASEAN +3 Water Ministers Forum

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The meeting Group Photo Seesion for the Panelists

On July 11th, the ASEAN +3 Water Ministers Forum "Enhancing Sustainability and Building Climate Resilience in Water Supply and Sanitation"was jointly organized by the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources and PUB Singapore.

In the plenary session, the representatives from fourteen countries and organizations conducted their presentations about his/her views in the areas of water, sanitation and countering threats of climate change on water resources.

Mr. Keiichi Yamamoto, Deputy Director-General of the Water Resources Department, at the Water and Disaster Management Bureau of Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT), represented the Japanese government. He made a presentation on Japan’s Water Infrastructure Development, including the history of overcoming problems in water supply and sewerage facilities and recent challenges and approaches related to water.

Representing the APWF, Mr. Ravi Narayanan, Governing Council Chair made a presentation on water security challenges in Asia, and the APWF's activities, emphasizing the importance of strengthening political commitment at the highest level from each country and multi-stakeholders’ partnerships across institutions and people across Asia Pacific to promote the active exchange of information, knowledge and skills in the pursuance of water security as an indispensable part of the development process.

Date and venue
Date14:15 – 17:00, July 11th, 2016
VenueMarina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Center, Singapore

By Yumiko Asayama, Manager, Secretariat of the APWF

GWP PANASIA Workshop on Urban Water and Management in Asia

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The workshop


On July 14th and 15th, the member of the APWF joined the Global Water Partnership (GWP) PANASIA Workshop on Urban Water Management in Asia, held at PUB Water Hub.

It was aimed at sharing knowledge and experience regarding innovative approaches to urban water management in Asia from the following perspectives: 1.urban water governance, 2. equal water sharing and sanitation systems, 3. effective water supply and wastewater systems, 4. storm water and urban flood management. Following this, there was a discussion on projects that could be collaborated upon.

The workshop was held in parallel with the 19th Governing Council Meeting of the APWF. It was also organized as a follow-up to the Regional Workshop on South-South Cooperation in Flood Management, held last December in the city of Foshan in Guangdong, China.

Mr. Ravi Narayanan, GC Chair of the APWF, delivered a keynote address on the challenges surrounding water security in Asia. Ms. Yumiko Asayama, Manager of Japan Water Forum, c/o Secretariat of the APWF, made a presentation on Water Cycle Management and sustainable urban development introducing the good practices and lesson learned from the activities of Nagoya City and Kiso River Basin in Japan during the urban water governance session. Ms. Changhua Wu, GC Vice-chair of the APWF, spoke on climate change and flood control measures from the perspective of financing. as the introductory note of the storm water and urban flood management session.

By Yumiko Asayama, Manager, Secretariat of the APWF

First General Assembly of the Asia Water Council (AWC)


Opening ceremony

Closing ceremony

The secretariat of the Asia-Pacific Water Forum (APWF) attended the first meeting of the AWC, held in Bali, Indonesia from 24 to 16 March. Approximately 300 representatives of 100 organizations from 26 countries, including governments, private corporations, academic institutions, and NGOs participated.

The AWC is a new network organization led by the Korea Water Resources Corporation (K-water), with the aim of promoting sustainable development in Asia by raising global awareness of Asian water issues and solving regional water problems.

The AWC is aimed at realizing sustainable growth in Asia through smart water technology. A variety of stakeholders in the water sector are working hard to attain this goal by taking part in exchanges of opinions and water-related projects in various areas such as research, policy making, technology development, and knowledge platforms. The structure of the AWC consists of a chairman, members of the Board of Council, a secretary general, a secretariat, five Colleges for categorizing members (1.Governments and Public; 2.International Organizations & Civil Society; 3. Enterprise & Public Organizations; MDBs; 5. Academics & Research Organizations) and seven special committees (1. Strategy and Policy; 2. Smart Water Management Initiative; 3. Standardization; 4. Water-Energy-Food Nexus; 5. Water-Aid Program; 6. Water Education; 7. Knowledge Base and Dissemination).
At the Asian Water High Level Round Table, held by K-water in June, 2014 as part of the preparatory process for the 7th World Water Forum, a consensus was reached that Asia needed to tackle its water problems. This led to the launch of AWC.

Prior to the opening ceremony of the general assembly, the AWCs first high level panel discussion was held. It was attended by cabinet-level representatives from South Korea, Cambodia, Thailand, Mongolia, and the Philippines along with the vice president of the ADB, the secretary general of UNESCAP-IHP, and president and vice president of the Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA). The AWC had handed four questions to each representative of the participating nations beforehand: 1.Water status (based on each country or organization’s focus area) in Asia; 2. How to reach Sustainable Development in Asia; 3. What is expected of the AWC for resolving Asian water problems and how can we find proper and adequate smart water technologies for Asian countries?; 4. How can we raise funds for sustainable growth by solving water problems? The attendees shared their answers to these questions at the panel discussion.

At the subsequent opening ceremony, Mr. Gyewoon Choi, CEO of AWC and Dr. Basuki Hadimuljono, Minister for Public Works and Housing of Indonesia, delivered speeches. Dr. Bambang Susanotono, vice president of the Asian Development Bank, and Dr. Blanca Jimenez-Cisneros, Secretary of UNESCO-IHP, made keynote speeches. Each founding member read one sentence of the Founding Declaration, emphasizing the sense of unity in the AWC's future activities.

In the afternoon there was an announcement of the outlines of nine programs to be implemented on a priority basis: Priorities for Implementation (PFI), and seven water projects the AWC would address, along with the chairs and vice-chairs of the seven Special Committees. After this, an election of the Board of Council took place. Directors of the five Colleges were also elected from among 25 Board organizations. The president, vice-president and financial director of the Board of Council were elected as well.

On the second day, the first meeting of the newly-elected Board of Council was held. The board membership and AWC’s management structure were formally approved. In parallel with the board meeting, the Water Business Forum was co-hosted by the Ministry of Land Infrastructure and Transport of South Korea and the Korea Water Forum. Public and private companies from South Korea, Indonesia and other countries showcased water-related technologies and gave business seminars.

In the afternoon of March 25, a meeting of the Special Committees was held. Participants were divided into groups according to the subject they were interested in, regarding PFI and other projects. Talks were focused on how to fulfill these projects and the Priorities for Implementation properly and effectively. The results of the group discussions were shared by all participants at the plenary session.

At the closing ceremony, the discussions of the assembly were summarized. Mr. Jin Hai, a board member of the WWC, and Prof. Simon Tay, vice chair of the APWF Governing Council, made closing speeches and delivered a message about the management of the AWC. At the end, the schedule of meetings for the future was announced: the second Board meeting will be held during Singapore International Water Week 2016 in July; the third Board meeting during Korea International Water Week, to be held in Daegu in October; and the steering committee meeting during Asia International Water Week, to be held in South Korea in October, 2017.

UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP): Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development 2016 (APFSD2016)


Workshop for achieving SDGs 6

Poster session about APWF

Water security has much to do with almost all development goals, in addition to goal 6 (SDG6) of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). UNESCAP held a workshop during the Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development 2016 (APFSD 2016) at the UN Conference Centre in Bangkok, Thailand, from 3 to 5 April to discuss a regional roadmap for implementing the SDGs in Asia and the Pacific..

The Asia-Pacific Water Forum (APWF), for which the JWFserves as secretariat, joined a workshop about the SDG6 in the APFSD 2016. It also made a poster presentation on its activities. The objective of the workshop was to share perspectives and good practices on implementation of SDG6, and major challenges and lessons learned in order to identify opportunities for regional cooperation to support the member states of the UNESCAP.

At the workshop on SDG6, Mr. Ravi Narayanan, chair of the governing council of the APWF, and the other representatives listed below participated in the panel discussion and made recommendations on priority issues the Asian region should address as well as the roles of UNESCAP in attaining SDG6 and other related goals in the Asia-Pacific region. Mr. Hongjoo Hahm, deputy executive secretary of UNESCAP, served as moderator of the workshop.

H.E. Mr. Vasantha Senanayake, State-Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources of Sri Lanka, described water resources management and challenges for the rational distribution of water resources in Sri Lanka, from the viewpoint of irrigation, agriculture using the waste water from factories, and its impact on people’s health.

Dr. Sonali Senanatna Sellamuttu, Office Head and Senior Researcher on Livelihood at the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), made a presentation on the results of case studies regarding community-level water resources management in Nepal, Laos and India. She emphasized the importance of implementing balanced policies and countermeasures to respond to the multiple demands by taking social and cultural factors of the country or community into account in addition to the provision of technological solutions. She also insisted that it is necessary to plan and implement policies from the perspective of women in considering water use and water resources development, not only in relation to households sector but in other sectors as well.

H.E. Mr. Sulton Rahimzoda, Deputy Minister of Energy and Water Resources of the Republic of Tajikistan, referred to sustainable water resources management in riparian countries around the Aral Sea. It is still very difficult to reach agreements about water use among countries around the Aral Sea, but he thought it possible to realize environmentally sustainable economic growth in all neighboring countries through hydraulic power generation. This would promote consensus building. He emphasized the importance of political will, and nurturing mutual trust in order to realize this consensus. He also said that existing agreements on water supplies should be revised to suit the current situation. Lastly, he expressed his hope that UN organizations, including UNESCAP would play the role of facilitators in the resolution of Aral Sea issues.

Mr. Abdullah Keizrul Bin, Chairperson of the Network of Asian River Basin Organizations (NARBO) strongly insisted that political will was one of the most important factors in promoting integrated water resources management in river basins. He also emphasized the necessity of the firm commitment of stakeholders, a coordination mechanism among stakeholders, and a watershed management plan forged by a clear vision.

Ms. Santha Sheela Nair, Vice President of the Tamil Nadu State Planning Commission in India, pointed out the advantages of introducing ecological sanitation toilets to rural communities, where people have little access to proper sanitation. She introduced the first Ecological Sanitation Community compost toilet, which was built in Musiri of her state in 2005. It was the first time in the world that toilet users are being paid as against pay and use toilet system.

Mr. Jack Sim, President of the World Toilet Organization of Singapore, mentioned the difficulty of changing people’s behavior despite the importance of installing toilets for improving sanitation in impoverished regions of Asia and the Pacific. Therefore, he insisted that it was necessary to mobilize technologies and funds by meeting diverse demands through a comprehensive approach in order to eliminate open defecation and improve sanitary conditions.

Mr. Ravi Narayanan, Chair of APWF governing council, referred to the roles of international and interregional organizations in integrating the various programs each organization was involved in around Asia and the Pacific. There are still many challenges to address in order to achieve the SDGs related to water and sanitation.

As there are still many water and sanitation problems to tackle in Asia and the Pacific, there are a lot of networks working on solutions to these problems. Firstly, however, he emphasized that it was necessary for each organization to choose more specific goals and creative approaches.

Secondly, he pointed out that it was very important to create a system for linking major meetings of different organizations with each other and sending out policy messages compiled at these meetings continuously, rather than holding an episodic event. It is important to link the key meetings to enable to follow up and builid upon their policy massages.

Lastly, he referred to the roles of international organizations such as UNESCAP and to examine what is the driver of change and practice at macro and metal levels. The role of such organizations is to function as the platform for networks, which is inclusive, and a catalyst for encouraging the flow, practices, and the activities.

The outcome document from the workshop on SDG6 will be incorporated into the outcome document for the APFSD2016 and informed at the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development in New York during July 2016.

The APWF has been involved in formulating many policy messages, not only at this workshop held by the UNESCAP, but at other meetings aimed at improving water security in Asia and the Pacific. The APWF will continue to work hard to deliver these policy messages to policy makers, so that they may be reflected and properly implemented in national policies.

18th Governing Council Meeting of Asia-Pacific Water Forum


On February 24th, the Asia-Pacific Water Forum (APWF), for which the Japan Water Forum serves as secretariat, held its 18th Governing Council Meeting, which was hosted by Singapore PUB. The meeting was attended by 33 delegates from 22 organizations, including the chair and vice-chair of the APWF governing council, representatives of lead organizations, and sub-regional coordinators.

It is now ten years since the APWF was established in 2006. At this meeting, the participants shared their activities at present and throughout 2016 for the solution of water problems in Asia and the Pacific, including the measures for dealing with the Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs). The participants then discussed the APWF’s roles and its course of action in the future as well as how to reinforce partnerships with related organizations toward the effective implementation of the 3rd Asia-Pacific Water Summit (APWS) planned in 2017 and Asia-Pacific regional process of the 8th World Water Forum in March, 2018.

In the subsequent intensive discussion, there was an exchange of views on how to promote further collaboration between the APWF and Asia Water Council (AWC), as well as the challenges that must be tackled. We also discussed the selection of host country for the 3rd APWS and the thematic framework.


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Final Consultation Workshop for Asian Water Development Outlook (AWDO) 2016


The JWF attended the Final Consultation Workshop for Asian Water Development Outlook (AWDO) 2016, held on November 7th and 8th at the Asian Development Bank. At the workshop, each writer updated analytical methods and data for five key dimensions of water security (1. household water security; 2. economic water security; 3. urban water security, 4. environmental water security; 5. resilience against water-related disasters), based on AWDO 2013 and the results of discussions at the Interim Review Meeting for Asian Water Development Outlook 2016, held in August, 2015. In addition, each participant reported on the results of analysis of the current status and future outlook of water security in major nations as well as the Asia-Pacific region as a whole. Afterwards, all participants made comments on each report and discussed the major messages of AWDO 2016 in relation to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and governance issues in the Asia-Pacific region.

The AWDO 2016 report will be released at World Water Week in Stockholm in August, 2016.

Interim Review Meeting for Asian Water Development Outlook (AWDO) 2016


The JWF participated in a meeting held at the ADB on August 13th and 14th. It focused on conducting an interim review of AWDO 2016. The Asia-Pacific Water Forum, for which JWF serves as secretariat, assisted in writing and publishing AWDO2007 and AWDO2013. In AWDO2016, we are planning to analyze and assess water security levels of each country and the region as a whole, and compile comprehensive recommendations based on five key dimensions of water security identified in AWDO2013: household water security, economic water security, urban water security, environmental water security, and resilience to water-related disasters.

AWDO2016 is expected to be made public at World Water Week in Stockholm in August, 2016.