A TOTAL of 120 strategic water and sanitation projects worth US$9.4 billion will be agreed upon at the 10th World Water Forum (WWF) in Bali on May 18-25, 2024. This was said by the Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment, Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, when he opened the 10th World Water Forum National Committee Coordination Meeting in Bali at the Laguna Resort and Spa recently.

“We need to produce concrete results from this forum. We will implement 120 strategic water-related projects worth US$9.4 billion, including a follow-up to Indonesia’s initiative at the G20 in 2022, namely the G20 Bali Global Blended Finance Alliance (GBFA), which will support financing for climate action, including addressing the water crisis. We will launch the GBFA Secretariat and sign the Memorandum of Understanding with several countries as founding members on May 20. The State Secretariat and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs hope to facilitate high-level invitees who have not yet been granted access,” he said.

Luhut also revealed that the world’s largest water forum would be attended by 13,448 people from 148 countries. The VVIP delegation consists of 8 heads of state and deputy heads of government, 3 special envoys and 38 ministers.

“The interest in this event is growing. There are also parliamentarians from various countries, regional representatives, associations, private companies and youth,” he noted.

On this occasion, Luhut urged all parties involved in the preparations for the 10th World Water Forum to ensure detailed implementation due to the presence of President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) and several heads of state.

“The presence of the President of the Republic of Indonesia and VVIPs requires us to prepare the 10th World Water Forum as fully as possible,” he stressed.

Apart from that, it is also necessary to pay attention to media publications, especially international ones. In particular, the Ministerial Declaration with the results of three Indonesian proposals, namely Integrated Water Resources Management in Small Islands, Center of Excellence on Water and Climate Resilience, and the Declaration of World Lake Day, which will be submitted to the UN to become the UN Water Agenda.

Luhut also asked for attention to the security sector and the comfort of the attending guests.

On the same occasion, the Daily Chairman of the 10th World Water Forum National Committee, who is also the Minister of Public Works and Public Housing (PUPR), Basuki Hadimuljo, revealed that the ministerial meeting would be attended by about 103 ministers from 132 countries.

“However, all this is still in motion because there are still 99 countries that have not been confirmed,” he said, adding that his party would also invite students from four schools every day to witness the processes taking place at the forum.

As of May 17, 2024, of the 13,000 officially registered, there were about 2,900 national participants and 1,600 participants from ministries and committees. There were 1,357 domestic and foreign speakers and 4,890 media exhibitors and sponsors.

Later, two exhibitions will be held at the Bali Nusa Dua Convention Center (BNDCC), namely the first country pavilion and the organization pavilion. A total of 21 countries are expected to participate in this exhibition. To date, 188 media outlets and 690 journalists have confirmed their attendance, consisting of 41 international media and 64 national media. [].