Nusa Dua, Bali (ANTARA) - President of the World Water Council (WWC) Loïc Fauchon invited the world community to become "water warriors" in order to realize water security and solve world water problems.

In remarks delivered at the opening of the 10th World Water Forum in Nusa Dua, Bali, Monday, Fauchon stated that Indonesian President Joko Widodo had played the role of a "water messenger" regarding water management issues during Indonesia's G20 Presidency in 2022.

However, Fauchon underscored the need for more drastic measures currently to ensure water security for the world community, and that is why the role of "water warriors" is considered to be necessary.

"But being the better and the best messenger today is not enough. (It is) because we need to do more if we want to spare and save water for peace and prosperity. And more than fighters, we need to be water warriors," Fauchon affirmed.

Fauchon called on the "water warriors" to agree on the seven points of commitment that he read out in his speech.

He invited water warriors to continue to promote comprehensive water security policies, commit to changing living habits to save water, and encourage natural solutions to water problems from upstream, which is from the watershed areas.

"We want to call on all countries to write the right to water in their national constitutions, laws, and local regulations," Fauchon stated.

The WWC chairman also invited water warriors to invite all parties to participate in a coalition for water that includes a commitment to eliminating water debt for the poorest countries.

He remarked that this will be conveyed at the next United Nations conference.

Water warriors are also called upon to ensure that water and waste water aspects are prioritized in dealing with the climate crisis and encourage action on a global scale to realize water security for peace.

Apart from that, Fauchon also invited the world community to contribute new ideas and engage in new debates to shape the future of water in the world.

"So, with us, be the first world water warriors, get involved, and especially you, the youngest in this room and elsewhere, take the hand we are holding out to you," the WWC Chair stated.

The 10th World Water Forum held in Nusa Dua, Bali, discussed water conservation, clean water and sanitation, food and energy security, and natural disaster mitigation.

A total of 244 water-related discussion sessions at the World Water Forum are expected to provide concrete results regarding global water management.

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Translator: Nabil Ihsan, Cindy Frishanti Octavia
Editor: Azis Kurmala
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