Development Forum: Water – scarce resource, big business

For many developing countries and emerging economies, water shortages are part of daily life. More than 2.1 billion people have no secure access to clean drinking water. In many places, insufficient irrigation is also having a negative impact on agriculture. Shortages of this kind can lead to distribution conflicts in many regions.

In this context, water is not only a scare resource and an expensive commodity, but also big business. The United Nations is calling on states and international enterprises to provide financial support to drive forward the development of global water infrastructure – in developing countries in particular.

The UN Sustainable Development Goals aim to ensure access to clean drinking water and sanitation for all by 2030. Can this be done? What is being done to ensure more effective use and distribution of water? And what can civil society, government and private sector stakeholders do?

We look forward to discussing these and other issues with you.


  • Onejiru, singer and member of the advisory board of the foundation Viva con Agua

  • Daniel Busche, GIZ Project Manager in Jordan

  • Axel Bachmann, General Manager Sustainability at Coca-Cola European Partners Deutschland GmbH

  • Professor Petra Döll, Professor of Hydrology at Goethe University Frankfurt

  • Facilitator: Tobias Schwab, FR editor



Museum for Communication
Schaumainkai 53
60596 Frankfurt am Main

Tuesday, 24 October 2017, 18:30 till 20:30 Uhr (entry: 18:00)

Admission is free.