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The KIWW Water Leaders’ Round Table (WLRT), the signature gathering of the high-level participants of KIWW, has been planned to build a consensus on actions amongst global high-level representatives on water challenges. The distinguished high-level participants of WLRT will share their insights and experiences on the theme of KIWW2019, ‘Smart solutions for integrated water management’ under the overarching theme of KIWW2019-2021, ‘Sustainable Water Management for Human and Nature’. ‘Water Leaders’ Action Declaration’ will be one of the major results of KIWW, and be embodied through the follow-up activities of each participant. The KIWW WLRT will be the initiative of the high-levels’ actions and their commitment to practical and tangible plans for water in the way of Smart solutions for integrated water management.


High Levels of the goverments and global water representative organizations (international organizations, NGOs, and academia. etc.)

Short Description

Host Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, Daegu city and K-water, Rep. of Korea
Organizer Korea Water Forum
Participants About 20 representatives from water-related governments, international organizations, academia, and NGOs.
  • 1. To share the best practices and experiences of global high-levels from different countries and representative organizations contributing to implementation for the ‘Smart solutions for intergrated water management’
  • 2. To build a consensus on adoption of ‘Action declaration’, ensuring follow up actions of the discussed and shared ideas.
  • 3. To set the tangible action plans for the next KIWW based on the ‘Action declaration’ so that it could be delivered with followed up contents to the 9th World Water Forum and other global water movements and initiatives.

Water Leaders Action Declaration 2022 Draft Download

KIWW2019 Previous Outcome

34 water leaders including ministers of water related ministries from Republic of Korea, Algeria, Senegal, and Sri Lanka and vice ministers of Vietnam, Oman, and Thailand as well as the presidents from influential global water organizations including the World Water Council, Global Water Partnership, International Water Resources Association along with heads of corporations and NGOs shared their insights based on their expertise and local or regional based specialized knowledge and experiences on ‘Sustainable Water Management for Humans and Nature’.

The result of the Leaders` Round Table Declaration, which was finalized by being circulated through all participants after the KIWW 2019 for two weeks, revised individually, and reflecting their opinions, is outlined as follows:

For universal and equitable access to safe drinking water, the leaders agreed upon the need for assigning a high priority to water and sanitation and allocating proper resources to the water and sanitation sector….
For nature-based solutions for water management, high-level participants made a consensus on carrying out efforts to preserve and restore the water-related ecosystems….
For economic, social, and ecological resilience, they recommend the countries to realize the process of incorporating integrated water resources planning and management within the framework of national and regional and, socio-economic development planning processes….
For smart water management for sustainable communities and natural habitat, they sympathized with the necessity of increasing access to technology and enhancing capacity development and knowledge sharing to promote various use of water and reducing adverse impacts from water-related risks and disasters on livelihoods and environments….
For financing the implementation of solutions to water challenges towards SDGs, they shared the insights as to maximizing the value of existing assets by improving the operational efficiency and effectiveness of existing infrastructure in order to promote water security….

For water partnership and cooperation at all levels ensuring good governance, they shared the necessity of catalyzing partnerships at all levels among different stakeholders, including public authorities, the private sector, civil society etc, to achieve the 2030 agenda for Sustainable Development.