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3rd World Water Forum: March 16-23, 2003
Kyoto, Shiga and Osaka, Japan



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Highlights from Sunday, 16 March

During the opening ceremony, delegates to the 3rd World Water Forum heard addresses from Ryutaro Hashimoto, Chairman, National Steering Committee of the 3rd World Water Forum, His Imperial Highness the Crown Prince of Japan Naruhito, Mahmoud Abu-Zeid, President, World Water Council, Prince Moulay Rachid, Morocco, and His Royal Highness the Prince of Orange of the Netherlands Willem Alexander.

Thematic sessions today included Water and Climate; Water Supply, Sanitation, Hygiene and Water Pollution; and Water and Cultural Diversity. Following Opening Plenary sessions for these themes, various break out sessions convened throughout the afternoon and evening. Sessions also met to discuss Actions through Partnership and World Water Actions

His Imperial Highness the Crown Prince of Japan Naruhito gives an opening address

His Royal Highness Prince Moulay Rachid of Morocco (left)
In his memorial speech, His Imperial Highness the Crown Prince of Japan gives a presentation on the historical importance of water transport in the Kyoto, Lake Biwa and the Yodo Basin region (left) and on the right, Opening Remarks from Ryutaro Hashimoto, Chair, National Steering Committee of the 3rd World Water Forum
The Forum heard a videotaped message from French President Jaques Chirac
Award Ceremony of the King Hassan II Great World Water Prize: This international award was established jointly by the Government of Morocco and the World Water Council, in memory of His majesty King Hassan II of Morocco's distinguished leadership and encouragement and sound management of water resources.
Moroccan Environment Minister Mohamed Elyazghi (left) and Moroccan Prince during the awards presentation
The awards were presented to Mahmoud Abu-Zeid (Egypt) and Jerson Kelman (Brazil)

Opening Plenary: Water Supply, Sanitation, Hygiene and Water Pollution
Carol Bellamy, Executive Director, UNICEF (left) and Jan Pronk, Former Environment Minister, the Netherlands  
Panelists Tomarori Matsuo, Jamie Bartran, and Anwarul K. Chowdhury

Opening Plenary: Water and Climate
Secretary General G.O.P. Obasi, WMO, and Lionel Hurst, Antigua and Barbuda

Water and Cultural Diversity: Tadao Ando, Architect, University of Tokyo, Jean-Louis Oliver, French Water Academy

World Water Actions
Margaret Cartley-Carlson, Chair of the Global Water Partnership, Ravi Narayanan, Director of Water Aid, and Kuniyoshi Takeuchi, President of the International Hydrological Society

Related Links

Homepage of the 3rd World Water Forum

The Agenda

Water Expo

Theme List

The Ministerial Conference

The World Water Council

The UN Works for Freshwater

Official site of the International Year of Freshwater

2nd World Water Forum

1st World Water Forum

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