Conflict undermines impact of water forum
But the outbreak of war in Iraq took its toll on the meeting, with leading figures pulling out of the event, and journalists from across the globe complaining that their stories on the meeting were not given space in news pages dominated by war coverage.
Environmental groups, meanwhile, attacked the forum's ministerial statement for skirting controversial issues. And critics said that most of the 'actions', as well as the ministerial statement, were arranged in advance, calling into question whether the event had actually furthered the effort to secure safe water supplies.
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Source: Nature 422, 364 (2003)
3rd World Water Forum