"Water connects countries and agents. So let's stop treating it as a sector." The phrase, spoken by Torgny Holmgren, Executive Director of the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), set the tone of the discussions at the "Bridging Water and Climate" panel held this Monday (19), at the 8th World Water Forum, in Brasilia.
The 8th World Water Forum brought as a panel theme a phenomenon that has become global: migration. The goal of the panel "Water and Migration" was to show the current scenario in which all countries are affected in some way by this issue – as the country of origin, transit or destination, or due to the economic, social and political implications of the phenomenon. The relationship between water and migration was addressed this Monday (19), in Brasilia, at the biggest event on water resources, which takes place for the first time in the southern hemisphere, to show that it is of mutual aggravation.
Political leaders participated in the afternoon of this Monday (19), in the High-Level Panel on Water Level and Natural Disasters During the Panel, countries such as Hungary, Japan and Myanmar shared experiences in relation to this subject, in addition to giving recommendations in order to move forward in combating water related disasters.