WWCF 2020


Since 2015, World Water Cities Forum has been serving as an exclusive platform for city leaders and water experts to discuss water-related issues and solutions for each city and share best practices and policies related to water management. It is a forum for discussing the way to utilize water management and water technology/water industry development as a tool for creating attractive, livable, resilient and prosperous city. All participants have gained new insights into the successful implementation of water policies, how to engage stakeholders and how to collaborate with participating cities.

Due to the continuous concerns about COVID-19, Daegu city will hold the WWCF 2020 in an online format on 22-23 Sep 2020 instead of having the event as a face-to-face conference in September. As one of the main events of the Korea International Water Week, WWCF 2020 will serve the participants to utilize the WWCF 2020 as an opportunity to discuss regarding water-related problems, co-create solutions and review implementation plans.

Cities are innovating and collaborating with each other to offer comfortable and secure habitats to their citizens, where social inclusion, creativity and culture flourish. WWCF 2020 represents small and medium sized cities that are at the forefront of inclusive policy innovation to fulfil the rights of their citizens to water and sanitation. These cities have implemented policies that have successfully managed the risks of too much, too little or too polluted water.

Cities will collaborate closely with their citizens, paying particular attention to the voices of the vulnerable and marginalized communities, to identify problems, co-create solutions and jointly track progress in the area of water and sanitation. Through the establishment of the Network of small-to-medium cities, Mayors and administrators will have the opportunity to learn from one another, exchange experiences and develop innovative solutions to the water challenges of today and tomorrow.

Date 22-23 Sep 2020
Host Daegu Metropolitan City
Participants City Mayors, representatives of city governments, water professionals of international water organizations
  • A. To identify water related problems of cities, co-create solutions and jointly track progress
  • B. To establish a collaborative platform where various knowledge, skills and policies are exchanged to facilitate the achievement of SDG 6
  • C. To share smart integrated water management technology and policy cases to enhance water security and resilience
  • D. To build a strong global cooperation system for industry, academia, research, government, and the public for integrated water management, taking into account the need to address socio-economic challenges and ensure that no one is left behind

<World Water Cities Forum 2020 Tentative Program> : Sep 22nd 2020

Time Program
16:00~ 16:10 (10’) Opening
Welcoming Remarks (Daegu Mayor)
Congratulatory Remarks (Minister of Environment)
16:10~16:20 (10’) Keynote Speech “Resilient communities for water secure cities”
(Dr. Shahbaz Khan, Director of Regional Science Bureau Asia, UNESCO)
<Session 1> Presentation and Discussion on Yixing’s Water Challenge
16:20~17:15 (55’) Presentation of Water Challenge I
Yixing "Building a sustainable wastewater treatment plant for the future"
Solutions to the Water Challenge I
① Bangkok ② Shaoxing ③ Orange County ④ Leeuwarden ➄ Daegu
[Panel Discussion]
Discussion on solutions and implementation plans
<Session 2> Presentation and Discussion on Bangkok’s Water Challenge
17:30~18:25 (55’) Presentation of Water Challenge II
Bangkok "‘Tool & methods to increase the saltwater solution efficiency in water supply of MWA"
Solutions to the Water Challenge II
① Mikkeli ② Yixing ③ Kumamoto ④ Orange County ➄ Daegu
[Panel Discussion]
Discussion on solutions and implementation plans
18:25~18:30 (5’) Closing