Remarks by World Bank Group President David Malpass at the Ninth World Water Forum in Dakar, Senegal

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President Sall, Presidents, Distinguished Guests, Honorary Speakers, Friends,

Thank you for inviting me to speak at the opening of this year’s World Water Forum. This is a timely and historic event—the first time this forum has met in sub-Saharan Africa. 

Thank you to the organizers for focusing this year’s Forum on Water Security for Peace and Development. Now more than ever, the world needs more peace and more development.  

The recent trends for both these imperatives are disheartening.  

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