Water Leaders Meet to Deliver New Solutions for Water Security in Emerging Economies

IWA Water and Development Congress & Exhibition brings together 2000 water professionals to address global water challenges

The Hague and Buenos Aires, 07 October 2017 – Water security is one of the most critical issues confronting the world today. Climate change, coupled with environmental and demographic pressures, mean some of the greatest challenges are faced in developing and emerging economies. The IWA Water and Development Congress, held in Buenos Aires, 13-16 November, will bring together water science and research with the public and private sectors, financial institutions and policy makers, to drive water cooperation and water solutions that can be applied globally.

“Water is pivotal for societal development, environmental health and sustainable economic growth”, says Professor Kala Vairavamoorthy, Executive Director of the International Water Association. “There is enormous potential to address water challenges by implementing available solutions and best practice at scale, as well as through innovations in science, technology and policy.”

“There is renewed focus on water in Latin America,” he continued, “as the most urbanized region on the planet, it acts as a test case for the rest of the world on how we manage water for sustainable and water-wise cities.”

The Water and Development Congress is a global event that provides a platform for national, regional an international cooperation on water. It bridges the gap between the science and practice of water management, connecting it with industry, financial institutions and policy makers, to deliver practical solutions that help achieve the globally agreed 2030 Sustainable Development Goal vision for water.

The World Bank estimates that since 1990 an additional 2.1 billion people worldwide gained access to improved sanitation; and 91% of the global population now use improved drinking water sources. However, many people have to manage with poor service quality, including intermittent supplies, and global water demand is expected to exceed supply by 40% by 2030. In Latin America only 65% and 22% of the population enjoy access to safely managed water and sanitation respectively.
The Water and Development Congress is an agenda-setting meeting that addresses the challenges and solutions needed to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. The meeting will feature:

Keynote speakers: thought leaders from within and beyond the water sector provide spark the critical debates the water sector needs to address;
Dynamic Forums: leaders from cities, government, utilities, regulators and science bring together current trends, latest research and leading practice;
Thematic Tracks: science, technology and practice that challenge current norms and inspire new approaches and technologies;
Workshops and Technical Sessions: 260 sessions that highlight global examples of best practices in water management;
International Exhibition: a one-stop-shop connecting the right people with the right solutions from more than 150 leading international companies and institutes.

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