MARSEILLE, France — The World Water Council has selected the city of Brasilia and the country of Brazil to welcome the 8th World Water Forum in 2018, according to a press release.

The selection was made this Wednesday during the 51st board of governors meeting following a rigorous evaluation process of the candidates, noted the release.

The World Water Forum, the world's largest water event that aims to put water firmly on the global agenda, gathers international organizations, political leaders, parliamentarians and mayors, representatives of civil society, water professionals and scientists together every three years, the release reported.

“Beyond Brazilian outstanding commitment to water issues and its visionary theme of ‘Sharing Water’, the proposal calls on all stakeholders and partners to ensure continuity with previous editions of the World Water Forum and the full involvement of the World Water Council Governors in the definition of the Forum”, said the President of the World Water Council, Benedito Braga, who also expressed his wish for continuous and solid collaboration with Copenhagen and Denmark.

According to the release, the vote remains "conditional" upon the signature of an agreement between the World Water Council and the hosts of the 8th Forum so as to specify the terms of their agreement.