The Ministerial Declaration of the 6th World Water Forum
6th World Water Forum, 13 March 2012

MARSEILLE, FRANCE: The Ministers and Heads of delegations gathered at the Ministerial Conference of the 6th World Water Forum adopted a declaration in which, among other issues, they: express their strong support to community ownership, participation, education and empowerment regarding water and sanitation issues; recognize the need for integrating water and food security policies, ensuring an efficient use and protection of water resources; intend to ensure that water and food security policies meet the needs of the most vulnerable, in particular local communities, smallholder farmers, women and indigenous peoples; highlight the need to build resilience to climate change and variability including through a more flexible and integrated land and water resources management system; note that solutions to adapt to climate change include, among others, tapping into traditional knowledge; and recognize that good water governance requires multi-stakeholder platforms and legal and institutional frameworks enabling the participation of all, including indigenous peoples, marginalized and other vulnerable groups.

The 6th World Water Forum is being held from 12-17 March 2012, in Marseille, France. Read the declaration … Visit the Forum’s website …