SEOUL, Apr. 10 (Korea Bizwire) — The 7th World Water Forum (WWF), the world’s largest water event, is set to kick off later this week in South Korea, where leaders and civic activists from around the world will discuss water shortage and related environmental concerns, its organizers said Friday.
Some 1,800 political, industry leaders and activists from around the world are slated to attend the opening ceremony on Sunday, and later hold discussions and seminars under the theme “Water for Our Future,” according to WWF organizers.
A total of 35,000 people from some 170 countries are expected to take part in the five-day event to be held in the two southern cities of Daegu and Gyeongju, both of which are located more than 300 kilometers from Seoul, according to WWF organizers.
The triennial event, held since 1997, provides a platform of discourse for world leaders, experts, business officials and activist group members in going over political and technological aspects of global concerns related to water shortage issues.
Other programs, such as the Water Showcase in which a contest is held to find creative ways to solve water-related issues, as well as a Citizen’s Forum with members from 150 institutions from 34 countries, will be held on the sidelines of the WWF, organizers said.