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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.


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.

1. Outline

17th Governing Council Meeting of the APWF

1. Outline
Date10 June 2015, 9:30~15:00
VenueWaterHub PUB, Singapore
OrganizerAsia-Pacific Water Forum (APWF)
(Host) Public Utilities Board (PUB, Singapore's national water agency)
ParticipantsChair and Vice-chairs of the APWF Governing Council Representatives from the APWF lead organizations, sub-regional coordinators and members (26 people)
2. Agenda
9:30-10:301. Greeting
2. Chairmanship of the Meeting
3. Adoption of the Agenda
4. Report on the 7th World Water Forum
a)· General report on the 7th World Water Forum's overall outcome (Post-Agenda & Science and Technology session summary): KWF
10:30-12:00 b) Asia-Pacific regional session outcomes by session coordinators
· Water and Cities: UNESCO
· Water and Green Growth: K-Water
· Water and Food Security: FAO
· Integrated Water Resources Management: NARBO
· Development of Cooperation in the Aral Sea Basin: GWP CACENA
· Trans-boundary River in Northeast Asia: KWF
13:00-14:00 c) Report on water related disaster at the 7th World Water Forum: ICHARM
d) Report on sanitation at the 7th World Water Forum: Japan Sanitation Consortium
e) Finalizing the Asia-Pacific regional final report: Secretariat
f) Dissemination of outcomes: Secretariat
14:00-14:30 5. Progress updates on the ADB's initiatives: ADB
6. Progress updates on the Meta-guidelines for Water and Climate Change for Asia-Pacific: GWP
14:30-15:30 7. The 3rd Asia-Pacific Water Summit
8. Other matters
» Highlights (add link)
» Official website of the 7th World Water Forum here

By Secretariat of the APWF

Asia-Pacific Regional Process for the 7th Word Water Forum

1: Asia-Pacific Regional process
2: Exhibition of the Asia-Pacific Water Forum

Asia-Pacific Region Final Session

The Asia-Pacific Region was in turn divided into 11 session groups (ex. water and cities, water and green growth) and each group had discussions on a certain theme revolving around the solution of water problems.
» Photos of each session can be seen from the APWF facebook .
The results of each session were further discussed at the final session of the Asia-Pacific Region, which was held towards the end of the forum as follows.
» Final Report:Asia-Pacific Regional Process_Final

Date & TimeWednesday, 15th April 2015, 14:40~19:00
VenueB1F convention C room, Hotel Hyundai GyeongJu, GyeongJu City in Republic of Korea
OrganizerAsia-Pacific Water Forum (APWF)
Co-ChairsMr. Yoshiro Mori, President of the APWF
Mr. Ravi Narayanan, Chair of the APWF Governing Council

Time Program Speakers
14:40 Opening remarks Mr. Yoshiro Mori, President, APWF, to be represented by Dr. Kotaro Takemura, Secretary General, Japan Water Forum as Secretariat of APWF
14:45 Remarks Dr. Jung-moo Lee, President, KWF
14:50 Regional Water Security Status
Mr. Gil-Hong Kim, Senior Director, Sector Advisory Service Division, Regional and Sustainable Development Department, ADB
Asian Water Development Outlook
Ms. Yasmin Siddiqi, Principal Water Resources Specialist, Sector Advisory Service Division, Regional and Sustainable Development Department, ADB
15:05 Regional Synthesis
Water and Cities
Dr. Shahbaz Khan, Deputy Director, UNESCO Regional Science Bureau for Asia and the Pacific
Water and Green Growth
・Dr. Salmah Zakaria, Economic Affairs Officer, ESCAP
・Mr. Tae-sun Shin, Head Manager, Research Center for Water Policy and Economy, K-water Research Institute
Water and Food Security
Mr. Thierry Facon, Senior Water Management Officer, FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific
Water related Disasters and Climate Change
Dr. Ramesh Ananda Vaidya, Senior Advisor, ICIMOD
Integrated Water Resources Management
Mr. Koichiro Omoto, NARBO Secretariat
Rural Water and Sanitation
Ms. Hilda Winartasaputra, Regional WASH Specialist, Plan International Asia Regional Office
Development of Cooperation in the Aral Sea Basin
Dr. Vadim Sokolov, Regional Coordinator, GWP CACENA
Trans-boundary River in Northeast Asia
・Dr. Deukkoo Koh, Secretary General, KWF
・Dr. Sangyoung Park, Executive Director, KWF
Japan- Korea- China Trilateral Cooperation
Ms. Yuko Akita, Director of Economic Affairs, Trilateral Cooperation Secretariat
Hydrological Services
Dr. Sung Kim, Senior Research Fellow, Hydro Science and Engineering Research Institute, KICT
The Caribbean and the Pacific
Dr. Jose Luis Martin Bordes, Programme Officer, Global Water Operators’ Partnerships Alliance, UN-HABITAT
16:40 Break
17:00 Summary of Asia-Pacific regional outcomes Mr. Ravi Narayanan, Chair of the APWF Governing Council
17:10 Regional Commitments (High-level Dialogue)
・Ms. Changhua Wu, Vice Chair, APWF Governing Council
・Prof. Simon SC Tay, Vice Chair, APWF Governing Council
Mr. Khayrullo Ibodzoda, Chairman of the Committee on Environment Protection under the Government of Republic of Tajikistan

・Dr. Keizrul Bin Abdullah, Chairperson, Network of Asian River Basin Organizations
・Dr. Uschi Eid, Chair of United Nations Secretary-Generals’ Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation (UNSGAB)
・Mr. Gil-Hong Kim, Senior Director, Sector Advisory Service Division, Regional and Sustainable Development Department, ADB
・Mr. Shigeo Mizutani, President and Representative Director, Swing Corporation
・Mr. Mark Pascoe, Chief Executive Officer, International WaterCentre
・Mr. Ponce Ernest Samaniego, ADB Youth Coordinator / International Youth Steering Committee
・Ms. Jayamala Subramaniam, Chief Executive Officer, Arghyam Foundation
18:40 Audience interactions
18:55 Closing Mr. Ravi Narayanan, Chair of the APWF Governing Council

Themes and summary of the Session Group
Session Group Group members
No. theme
1 Water and Cities UNESCO, PUB, UN-Habitat, UN ESCAP, APCWS, SUEZ Environment, UNSGAB, RCUWM-Tehran
The aim of this session was to guide the road towards a new transformation in urban water management and towards a more consistent and integrated approach based on innovative measures including eco-technologies and eco-hydrology concepts. A white paper was produced to guide policy makers in their choice for technologies and more sustainable urban water solutions.
2 Water and Green Growth ESCAP, K-water, UN ESCAP, FAO
The session was committed to bring together various stakeholders together to realize a more effective, holistic and over-arching management of water resources. Through the dynamic participation, the session conducted discussions and dialogues on overlapping policies and required tradeoffs between each of the water sub-sectors and the various economic activities on the use and need for water.
3 Water and Food Security FAO, ICID, ICIMOD, MANCID, ADB, GWP,
The aim was to support investments for rural transformations, boosting ecosystem and water productivity resilience and maintaining water quality across agriculture and fisheries. Finally, sound and innovative water accounting was implemented to support decision-making and management.
4 Water and Climate Change ICIMOD, ICHARM, ESCAP, GWP, Water Youth Network
The objective of the session was to present to the scientific community and to the decision-makers in the governments of the region evidence-based case analyses and their policy implications. The output from the session was an understanding among the stakeholders in the region and changing perspectives in disaster risk management in the context of climate resilience building—and appropriate ways to synergize the two.
5 Integrated Water Resources Management NARBO, UNESCO, UN ESCAP, GWP
To achieve better integrated water resources management, a short report of IWRM in Asia-Pacific region, highlighting necessary steps for progress had been developed and clear messages to Politicians/ Decision Makers based on key lessons extracted from good case-examples / innovative activities on IWRM in Asia Pacific region.
6 Rural Water and Sanitation PLAN International, ADB
The session provided an overview of progress and challenges to achieving Asia's sanitation goals and targets. The participants had opportunities to engage in a lively debate on increasing collaboration and partnership between governments, civil society and the private sector on rural sanitation solutions. The successful youth-led sanitation project was also presented within the session, representing its activity through the Youth WASH Solutions Awarding.
7 Environmental Security in Central Asia GWP CACENA, EC IFAS
In order to implement efficient solutions, the session was identified and promoted new solutions allowing a renewed agenda for action to mitigate consequences of the environmental catastrophe in the Aral Sea Basin. A plan of Action was designed with elements of implementation guidelines to build consensus on water-related issues in Central Asia.
8 Integrated Ecosystem Management of Trans-boundary River in Northeast Asia KWF, UNOPs, Shangri-La Institute for Sustanable Communities, Tibet University
As a regional initiative of Northeast Asia, "Integrated Ecosystem Management of Trans-boundary River" would be an adequate session topic for embarking on a sustainable discussion platform on integrated rivers in the Asia Pacific region.
9 Hydrological Services in Asia under Rapidly Changing Conditions KICT, WMO RA-II (Asia) Working Group on Hydrological Services
The objectives of the session were to explore the on-going hydrological efforts to improve hydrological practices in Asia region and provision of the opportunities to develop collaborating projects among the Asia Pacific countries. The session contributed to improve the hydrological services as well as to accomplish the proposed targets of the forum in the region.
10 China Korea Japan Trilateral Forum Trilateral Cooperation Secretariat
The Trilateral Forum on Water Resources was held for a good setup to introduce the trilateral cooperation in water resources area as one of the best practices in Asia Pacific region. The Trilateral Forum invited the Ministers of the three countries for their speeches and also gathered governors, experts and relevant organizations to discuss the current agenda concerned by the three governments.
11 Inter-regional session for the Caribbean and the Pacific GWOPA/UN-Habitat, Caribbean Water and Wastewater Association (CWWA), Caribbean Water & Sewerage Association (CAWASA), Pacific Water and Wastes Association (PWWA), etc
Small islands states in the Caribbean and the Pacific shared common challenges caused by similar geographical situation, one of which is that they are most vulnerable to impacts of climate change. The objective of the session was to create the platform for cooperation between two regions for facilitating more useful exchanges of knowledge, experiences and expertise.
» Highlights
» Program book of the 7th World water Forum (official website)

Exhibition of the APWF

In the Expo&Fair, secretariat of the APWF exhibited the booth for the APWF jointly with the Korea Water Forum with the purpose of (1) dissemination of the APWF and (2) raising the public awareness for the water issue in the Asia-Pacific region.
In the APWF booth, pamphlets or catalogue of the APWF member were distributed and DVD show and poster panel for the introduction of the APWF activities was prepared.

DateSunday, 12th April ~ Friday, 17th April, 2015
Venue3rd floor EXCO, Daegu City in Republic of Korea
Co-ExhibitorAsia-Pacific Water Forum (APWF) and Korea Water Forum (KWF)
Number of visitors22,000 (whole Exco)
» Expo&Fair (official website)

16th Governing Council Meeting of the APWF

1. Outline
Date19 November 2014, 9:00~16:00
VenueSamjung Hotel, Korea
OrganizerAsia-Pacific Water Forum(APWF),
(Host) Korea Water Forum
ParticipantsChair and Vice-chairs of the APWF Governing Council,
Representatives from the APWF lead organizations, sub-regional coordinators, members, the youth group and other regional agencies and civil society organizations (43 people)

2. Agenda
9:00-9:451. Greetings:
· Mr. Ravi Narayanan Chair (Governing Council of the Asia-Pacific Water Forum)
· Dr. Jungmoo Lee (President of Korea Water Forum)
· Dr. Dae-su Eo (Regional Process Commission of the 7th World Water Forum)

2. Remarks & Presentation on the 7th World Water Forum
· Progress report of overall 7th World Water Forum presented by Mr. Yangjin Oh (Director, The national committee for the World Water Forum)
· Daegu, Logistical Overview presented by Mr. Youn-Gil Kim (Assistant Manager, Daegu Convention Bureau)
· Updates on the overall Regional Process presented by Ms. Sue-yong Kim (Manager, K-Water Institute)
9:45-10:00 Break
10:00-12:00 3. Presentation and Discussion on the Regional Thematic Sessions and Sub-Regional Sessions
· Session Group1: Water and Cities :
UNESCO and the group members
· Session Group2: Green Growth :
K-Water, ESCAP and the group members
· Session Group3: Water and Food
FAO and the group members
· Session Group4: Water related Disasters :
ICHARM and the group members
· Session Group5: Integrated Water Resource Management :
NARBO and the group members
· Session Group6: Rural Water and Sanitation :
PLAN International and ADB
12:00-13:00 Lunch
13:00-14:00 · Session Group7: Central Asia :
GWP CACENA and the group members
· Session Group8: Northeast Asia :
Korea Water Forum
· Session Group9: Final Asia-Pacific Session :
APWF Secretariat
14:00-14:15 Break
14:15-14:45 4. New Proposal for Asia-Pacific Regional Session (TBC)
· A proposal presented by the Trilateral Cooperation Secretariat
· A proposal presented by Dr. Sung Kim (Chair person, WMO RAⅡ(Asia) working group on Hydrological Services/ Senior Research Fellow, Korea Institute of Civil Engineering and Building Technology)
14:45-15:00 5. The Asia-Pacific Regional Process
· Future schedule and relevant announcements presented by the APWF Secretariat for a reminder.
15:00-15:15 6. Progress updates on the ADB’s initiative
· Progress updates on the ADB’s initiative including the Asian Water Development Outlook, Asian Water Information System, and Asia 2050 Study
15:15-15:30 7. The 3rd Asia-Pacific Water Summit
· Announcement of the 3rd Asia-Pacific Water Summit by the APWF Secretariat
15:30-16:30 8. Other matters (if any)
· Progress Report of the Science and Technology Process presented by Dr. Sangyoung Park (Executive Director of Korea Water Forum)
· Call for Partnership to strengthen the Asia-Pacific Citizen’s Forum presented by Dr. Yongdeok Cho (Executive Director of Korea Water Forum)
9. Closing
» Highlights (tbc)
* Official Web site of the 7th World Warter Forum http://eng.worldwaterforum7.org/main/

24 October 2014: The Coordinator Meeting -The 7th Word Water Forum-

The Coordinator Meeting
The 7th Word Water Forum

Coordinator Meeting photo 1 Coordinator Meeting photo 2

1. Outline
Date24 October, 9:30-17:30
VenueMercure Centre Hotel, France
OrganizerWorld Water Council and National Committee of the 7th World Water Forum
Participants Design Group Coordinators of theme, region and science and technology processes.

2. Agenda
Part 1: Plenary Session for all process
9:30-9:45-The Forum week: concept, schedule, logistics
-Roadmap towards the Forum week
The Forum secretariat
9:45-10:45- Progress of each process
: including brief introduction of each Process’s themes
-The way to participate special programs
The Process Commission
11:10-11:30- Guideline for joint and concluding session
: including explanation about the implementation roadmap and the Action Monitoring System
Facilitator and/or the Thematic Process Commission
11:30-11:50- Guideline for sessions: session template, reportFacilitator
11:50-12:50- Special Lesson (1) : How to present message effectivelyProf. Tim Collen
12:50-13:10- Special Lesson (2) :Facilitator Program (tentative)Facilitator
13:10-13:30Q & A 
Part 2: Separate meeting for each process
14:30-16:30- Design Coordinator Meeting of each process
A: Organization of joint thematic sessions and others
(main issue of meeting)
B: MoU’s and budget operation: reporting, payments, contracts
C: Next Steps, including coming meetings
Part 3: Plenty roundtable for all process
16:30-17:00- Compose a group for joint concluding sessions 
17:00-17:30- Q & A and closing 

Workshop: Water Challenges and Solutions in the Asia-Pacific: Perspectives and contribution to the 7th World Water Forum

1. Outline
DateJune 2, 2014
VenueMarina Bay Sands Convention Center, Level 3 (# 3111 & 3112), Singapore
OrganizerNational Committee for the 7th World Water Forum & World Water Council
ParticipantsApproximately 50

2. Workshop Objective
This workshop is intended to better inform the audience of the water-related problems in the Asia-Pacific and to share various ideas to address them. The audience will have an opportunity to learn more about Asia-specific water issues. Outcomes of presentations and discussion will serve to design more substantial sessions at the 7th World Water Forum, especially for the Regional Process. Furthermore, this workshop will serve to promote the Science & Technology Process, a newly-added element at the 7th World Water Forum to highlight the importance of innovation in S&T in solving water problems. The World Water Challenge Program, a special program of the Science & Technology Process, will be also introduced.

3. Program Summary
After brief welcoming remarks, the audience will be briefed on the overall progress of the 7th World Water Forum. Presentation on the Science & Technology Process will follow, focusing on its added value in solving global water issues and in the World Water Forum, and some of the ways to participate in the Science & Technology Process will be explained with the introduction of its Special Program. Various perspectives in addressing regional water challenges will be covered in the next presentation on the Regional Process of the 7th World Water Forum. Then, specific attention will be given to the Asia-Pacific region; what water issues the Asia- Pacific region is facing and how the 7th World Water Forum can contribute to addressing them. Presenters and experts will continue the discussion more in depth, at the panel discussion, where the audience is actively encouraged to participate. The discussion will touch upon various aspects of the water challenges such as water-food-energy nexus, agricultural water, and water equity, etc. for example. The panelists will also share their ideas to help reflect more of Asia’s voices in leading international water agenda.

4. Workshop Program
Opening of the seminar
1.Welcome Remarks
By Jung-moo Lee (Chairman, National Committee for the 7th World Water Forum)

2.Welcome Remarks By Benedito Braga (President, World Water Council)

3.Progress Overview of the 7th World Water Forum
By Seung-geun Paek (Executive Director, National Committee for the 7th World Water Forum)

4.Value Creation through the Science & Technology Process of the 7th World Water Forum
By Glen Daigger (Co-Chair, Science & Technology Process Commission)

5.How to Participate in the S&T Process – introduction of the STP Framework and Special Program
By Ik-hoon Choi (Member, Science & Technology Process Commission)

6.Regional Process and the 7th World Water Forum
By Byungman Choi (Co-Chair, Regional Process)

7.Asia Pacific Regional Approach to the 7th World Water Forum
By Ravi Narayanan (Chair, Asia-Pacific Water Forum Governing Council)

8.Q&A Session (Panel Discussion)
Moderator: Dong-il Seo (Professor, Chungnam Univ.)
Ravi Narayanan (Chair, Asia-Pacific Water Forum Governing Council)
Glen Daigger (Co-Chair, Science & Technology Process Commission)
Sangyoung Park (Executive Director of Korea Water Forum)

9.Wrap up by Moderator

10.End of Session & Coffee Networking