Soham El WARDINI

Mayor of Dakar

A city open to the world

The city of Dakar, with a long tradition of hosting international events, is honored to have been designated to host the 9th World Water Forum. Located on the farthest western point of the African continent and known for receptive collaboration with international partners, the city of Dakar is proud to have been chosen and convinced that our cosmopolitan capital has all the necessary infrastructure to ensure the success of this large event. The hotels, transportation and communications networks meet international standards.

We are ready to take on the required organizational challenges and will work in collaboration with the local organizing committee to ensure that participants have a dynamic Forum, where they can reflect, answer and take action on the critical questions facing the water and sanitation sectors today.

These questions challenge us every day, because they are at the heart of local and national economies throughout the world. This is why Dakar will be fully mobilized across all areas to participate comprehensively in the inclusive thinking with the world water community, Governments, local communities, technical and financial partners, NGOs, civil society and research institutes. We are committed to working with all stakeholders on all such aspects to ensure that "Dakar 2021" is a well-managed and unforgettable gathering, thanks to a strong synergy with the local organizing committee.

Finally, we will take extra efforts to ensure that the Dakar Forum is inclusive, with robust social mobilization. It is critical to incorporate different segments of the population, especially young people and women, so that they can bring their perspectives to the discussions.

The people of Dakar are waiting with open arms to welcome you and eager to see their capital become the world’s capital for water in March 2021.

Soham El WARDINI