The 4th Istanbul International Water Forum will be devoted to the impacts of the latest regional political setting on water issues. Within the wider context of “Water & Peace”, the 4th IIWF will discuss the subjects of urban water management, relief actions, legal aspects and reaching the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with a specific focus on the refugee issue.

The 4th IIWF will feature four thematic sessions that will discuss water relief actions, challenges of urban water management and meeting the SDGs in turbulent times, including a Plenary Session on “Water for Peace”. A Special Session will also be held on the practices of water and sanitation provision to Syrians in Turkey.

The 4th IIWF will welcome prominent speakers from around the world, who will share their opinions, experiences and inspire the audiences. Local authorities and humanitarian aid organizations will share their experiences and success stories, and there will be ample opportunities to present and exchange ideas on the challenge of providing water and sanitation services to refugees among refugee hosting countries.

As a triennial event held one year prior to each World Water Forum, the 4th IIWF will aim to provide important inputs to the 8th World Water Forum, which will be held in Brazil in 2018.

The 4th IIWF will be held in Istanbul Lütfi Kırdar International Convention and Exhibition Centre, often referred as Istanbul Lütfi Kırdar ICEC, shortly ICEC.

ICEC is a multi-purpose convention complex located in Harbiye neighbourhood of Şişli district in Istanbul, Turkey. ICEC as the main building hosts along with its extension building, the "Rumeli Fair and Exhibition Centre", important conventions, fairs, concerts, exhibitions as well as social and cultural events.

Gümüş Cad. No: 4 34367
Harbiye, Istanbul
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Istanbul International Water Forum (IIWF) is the flagship event of Turkish Water Institute (SUEN). Under the authority of the Ministry of Forestry and Water Affairs of Turkey, SUEN works as a think-tank to develop water policies, provide consultation to decision makers, coordinate between organizations & institutions and enhance scientific research and strategic ideas with a focus on creating a common platform for water management. SUEN was founded in 2011 to further the vision and achievements gained with the organization of the 5th World Water Forum in 2009 in Istanbul.

The 4th IIWF is jointly organized by SUEN and the General Directorate of State Hydraulic Works (DSI). DSI is a state agency under the Ministry of Forestry and Water Affairs of Turkey responsible for the utilization of Turkey’s water resources. DSI’s four major functions are energy, agriculture, services and environment.
Since its first edition in 2009, the IIWF gathers water experts, academics, practitioners and decision-makers in Istanbul every three years. By putting a spotlight to the actual regional water-related problems in the Middle East, Central Asia, Eastern Europe and Turkey, the IIWF aims to stimulate action and bring these issues to the attention of the global water community through the next World Water Forum and other prominent international water conferences.

The 3rd IIWF organized on 27-29 May 2014 brought together over 3,000 water-related people across the world to discuss two all-important subjects: "Water Security" and "Legal Aspects of Water". Moving from the UN Millennium Development Goals to Sustainable Development Goals, the 3rd IIWF hosted a plenary session on "Water Security and Sustainable Development Goals". Another plenary was held on "Istanbul Water Consensus" (IWC), which is a global initiative to help and challenge local and regional authorities to improve their water management strategies and services in the face of global changes. The 3rd IIWF yielded some very important outcomes on water governance, water diplomacy, transboundary water cooperation and urban water management.

3rd IIWF Final Report

The 2nd IIWF was held on 3-5 May 2011 with the main theme "An Istanbul Perspective on Regional Water Problems and Search for Solutions" and attracted more than 4,500 participants from over 100 countries. Particularly designed with a regional focus, the 2nd IIWF was listed as the official preparatory meeting for the 6th World Water Forum's Europe Region Process. The Forum also featured a Ministerial Meeting with an aim to stimulate political will towards taking actions regarding regional water challenges.

2nd IIWF Final Report