The 7th World Water Forum (WWF), a triennial global gathering of water professionals and practitioners, kicked off on Sunday in South Korea on Sunday, with the Korean President Park Geun-hye uring the over 20,000 participants to find solutions to water-related international disputes.
“I think linking waterways between South and North Korea will help ease tensions on the Korean peninsula which have lasted for nearly 70 years (since the Korean War that ended in 1953). We will seek ways to make and manage waterways that run through the two Koreas,” she said.
Organised under the “Water for Our Future,” this edition of the forum is expected to discuss solutions to water shortages, water security, and related issues. The forum is being held in two Daegu and Gyeongju, two towns in Southeast of Seoul.
Some 1,800 political, business leaders and environmental activists attended the opening ceremony on Sunday and held meetings and seminars to discuss the theme of “Water for Our Future.
During the five-day forum, participants are expected to discuss three action goals: “Water Security for All,” “Water Development and Prosperity” and “Water and Sustainability,” the organizer said.’