Two Pictures of the World Water Forum Are Worth A Thousand Words
We’ve said that the World Water Forum is a corporate trade show masquerading as a multilateral forum. Others have pointed out that the high fee for full access to the conference (up to 700 euros) is prohibiting participation by the grassroots. Still others have reported that security is high, and activists are being profiled and arrested.
Now, we’re wondering if the organizers have fully thought out the logistics of welcoming guests.
The forum has two very different entrances, depending on whether you are a VIP or not. The first entrance is a nice, welcoming one, and yesterday we surmised that it was the general entrance to the conference. But the man standing in front of the barricade shooed us away because we didn’t have the proper credentials. The photo of the second entrance, taken today by a colleague, is a shabby side door. This is where they gained access to the conference today.
If the World Water Forum wants to maintain even the veneer of inclusivity, they might want to ditch the separate-but-not-so-equal approach to conference attendees each day as they enter.