Blue Road Supporters held their starting ceremony in the K-Water metropolitan area headquarters located in Gwacheon City on April 5 to support a successful hosting of the 7th World Water Forum, aka the Water Olympics, scheduled to open in April 2014 in Daegu and Gyeongsangbuk Province.
Blue Supporters was created by harnessing youth familiar with social networking and digital devices, to develop water related content, to amplify nationwide communication, and to promote the World Water Forum as a festivity where all citizens can participate.
Fifty people were selected as first phase Blue Road Supporters and are to conduct various activities including water awareness campaigns and the 2015 World Water Forum online and offline promotions for six months from April until September 2014.
On the same day, the Korea Institute of Construction Technology held a seminar and a preliminary round of the “2014 Korea Junior Water Prize Contest,” as part of the commemorative event named “Water Olympics 2015 Daegu-Gyeongbuk World Water Forum D-365.” The contest is an essay writing contest for nationwide middle school and high school students to encourage creative and original research on water resources and water environmental issues.
The contest, attended by 2014 KJWP Chair Ahn Sang-jin, 2015 World Water Forum Organization Committee Head Lee Jung-mu, and Swedish Ambassador to Korea Lars Danielsson, introduced the Forum and showcased some of last year’s winning essays.
In particular, Lars Danielsson, Swedish Ambassador to Korea, delivered a special lecture on “Sweden and Water” and gave encouraging words to the contestants. The preliminary round was joined by 52 teams, out of which one team will be selected during the main round on April 9, and the winning team will proceed to take part in the Stockholm Junior Water Prize to be held in Sweden.