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The 6<sup>th World Water Forum was declared open by the French Prime Minister Francois Fillion on Monday. It is hoped that the forum can try and find a solution to the problem of access to water resources.

Also in attendance were Prince Albert II of Monaco, President Mahamadou Issoufou of Niger, Prime Minister Hwang-Sik Kim of South Korea and Mikhail Gorbachev, the former President of the Soviet Union.

This international event is held every three years and has been held since 1997. The forum will witness more than 1,000 high-level stakeholders. The event will be at Marseille and will run from 12 March to 17 March.

The forum will focus on initiating discussions for the better management of water demands of people and countries and water-related issues such as food security and the environment.

A glimpse of the opening ceremony of the World Water Forum...