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Italy’s participation in the 10th World Water Forum in Bali, Indonesia

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, together with the AICS-Italian Agency for Development Cooperation, represented Italy at the 10th World Water Forum, taking place in Bali from 20 to 25 May.

Minister Tajani delegated Professor Francesco Corvaro, Special Envoy for Climate, for participating in the most important international event on water. As Head of Delegation, Professor Corvaro spoke at the opening High Level Panel, to testify and highlight the commitment of Italy and its cooperation system in favour of the water sector.

With more than half of the world’s population affected by severe water shortages for at least one month a year or without access to sanitation, and over 2 billion people without drinking water, cooperation activities in the water sector have become increasingly important for Italy, with an increasing number of initiatives taken at bilateral and multilateral levels.

Thanks to its extensive experience in water conservation and management interventions, the Italian Development Cooperation Agency is dedicating around 40% of its resources to projects in these sectors, in order to ensure access to basic sanitation, access to water for human and productive use, and to safeguard water resources for future generations.

It should also be recalled that at the recent G7 Ministerial Meeting in Turin on climate, energy and the environment, Italy committed itself to the creation of a “G7 Water Coalition” to identify common goals to fight against the global water crisis, while the Italian Climate Fund, the government’s main financial instrument to support climate finance for emerging and developing countries, will fund a significant number of water-related projects (management, use for agricultural purposes, hydroelectric production, disaster prevention).

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