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10th World Water Forum Opens in Bali, Indonesia

The 10th World Water Forum, themed “Water for Shared Prosperity,” officially commenced on May 21 in Bali, Indonesia. Attendees included numerous country leaders and United Nations representatives. The forum focused on four critical topics: water conservation, clean water and sanitation, food and energy security, and mitigation of natural disasters.

Presidential Address

In his opening remarks, Indonesian President Joko Widodo highlighted the vulnerability of 500 million small farmers, who contribute 80 percent of the world’s food, to drought by 2050. He emphasized the importance of global collaboration in tackling water-related challenges.

World Water Council Insights

World Water Council President Loic Fauchon addressed the need for global efforts to repair environmental damage and provide hope for future generations, underscoring the unifying power of water.

Boost to Indonesian Tourism

The forum, attracting over 50,000 participants, has significantly enlivened Bali. Nearly 200 meetings and side events, along with numerous cultural activities, have provided delegates with enriching experiences. Indonesian Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy Uno Sandiaga noted the event’s role in bolstering Indonesia’s reputation as a world-class MICE (meetings, incentives, conferences, and exhibitions) destination.

Tourism and Economic Impact

The minister attributed a surge in international tourists to favorable local policies and the enhanced global profile of Indonesian tourism. Indonesia continues to leverage international events to promote tourism and attract investment.

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