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No. 41 (416) September 2023


The 84th Board of Governors meeting of the World Water Council (WWC) was held in Beijing on September 9-10, 2023. The President of the World Water Council, Loic Fauchon and the Minister of Water Resources of China, Li Guoying opened the meeting.

The Minister highlighted the key areas of water management improvement in the country, focusing on flood regulation and earlier warning system, water conservation and better water use, integrated water resources management and accounting, and rivers’ environmental status improvement.

The speech was followed by signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between the World Water Council and the Ministry of Water Resources of China.

Ms. Dinara Ziganshina, Director of SIC ICWC, took part in the meeting.

×Members of the Board approved replacement of some members of the Board and also discussed the work on improvement of the Board of Governors’ regulatory documents carried out by a special commission.

Information was provided on the preparatory process for the 10th World Water Forum to be held in May 2024 in Bali. The thematic process is organized in six key directions. SIC ICWC participates in the coordination group on strengthening intersectoral cooperation and diplomacy. Regional processes have been initiated in the American continent and the Mediterranean region. The regional process in Asia-Pacific region and Africa is under preparation.

Five Expert groups were established and started their work to implement the three-year strategy of the Council: “Water security and sustainability”, “Water for humans and nature”, “Financing water”, “Water quality and health” and “Observatory of non-conventional water resources and associated renewable energies”. Coordinators of Expert Groups presented preliminary proposals on their work plans. SIC ICWC participates in the Expert group “Water for humans and nature”.

Members of the Board of Governors were familiarized with the project on transferring the Yangtze River flow from the South to increase water supply of the Chinese Nort, including Beijing.

The 85th meeting of the Council’s Board is scheduled to November 28, 2023 online and the 86th meeting is to be on February 2024 in Istanbul.