Bali (ANTARA) - President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) stated that collaboration was the key to the world's success in overcoming global challenges related to water.

Jokowi made the statement during the opening of the 10th World Water Forum (WWF) Summit at the Bali International Convention Center (BICC), Bali, on Monday.

"By gathering together in Bali today, of course, Indonesia hopes that the world can join hands continuously to strengthen the commitment of collaboration to overcome global challenges related to water," he remarked.

Jokowi drew attention to the dwindling availability of clean water as a current global challenge. Of the 72 percent of the earth's surface covered by water, only one percent can be accessed and used for drinking water and sanitation.

The president stated that in 2050, some 500 million small farmers, who contribute 80 percent of the world's food, were predicted to be most vulnerable to drought.

"No water, no life, no growth. Therefore, the water must be managed well because every drop of water was very valuable," he remarked.

Jokowi stated that in Indonesia, collaboration has been the key to success in restoring the Citarum River as well as developing green energy, floating solar panels in Cirata Reservoir, and becoming the largest in Southeast Asia and third in the world.

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Translator: Andi Firdaus, Asri Mayang Sari
Editor: Azis Kurmala
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