Freshwater Action Network
– grassroots influencing on water and sanitation

3rd World Water Forum

March 2003

FAN had four main roles at the forum:

  1. Sponsoring 28 NGOs from Africa, Asia, Central America and Eastern Europe. Many of these NGOs participated in the NGO panel discussions, giving presentations on issues affecting their regions and communities. They were also able to network with each other and form strong regional advocacy networks with plans to prepare regional advocacy meetings in South Asia and Africa later this year. View List of FAN sponsored NGOs (PDF 55Kb)
  2. We held an NGO pre-forum preparatory meeting on 15th to give important background information on the agenda for the forum, international players and key policy debates. This was open to all NGOs and attracted approximately 80 people.
  3. We coordinated the writing of an NGO Panel Statement that was presented at the Ministerial Conference. We convened two panel discussions on the 16th and 20th for NGOs to discuss and comment on some of the key issues that NGOs wanted to be included in the statement to the ministers. The issues were: Dams and Mega Projects, Public Private Partnerships, Water and trade, Sustainable Water Resource Management, Peoples Participation, Right to Water and Financing the Water Sector.
  4. We hosted daily strategy meetings in the Stakeholder centre every morning. These informal meetings provided a space for NGOs to come and discuss what they wanted included in the NGO Panel statement to ministers and to inform others on what was happening in other meetings.

FAN also ran an advocacy skills training workshop on the 21st which was attended both by FAN members and other interested NGOs. The main success of the session was the regional discussions for South Asia, Africa and Central America. Advocacy strategies and action plans for the future were discussed focusing on where both FAN and FAN regional networks go forward from the forum.

Read about FAN member Gram Vikas winning the Kyoto water prize 

Read about the Dialogue on Water, Food and Environment 

Read about the regional days

Download the NGO panel debate outcome (PDF 40Kb)

Download the outcomes of the conference (PDF 50Kb)

NGO guide to the Third World Water Forum (PDF 75Kb)

FAN agenda at the Third World Water Forum (PDF 55Kb)