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1-5 December 2019, Colombo, Sri Lanka

The event expects to bring together over 3,500 people, a global audience of practitioners, utility managers, academia, government officials, consultants, and media.

Water is one of the most critical issues facing the world today, with developing and emerging economies facing some of the biggest water challenges and representing some of the biggest opportunities to get our water future right.

In the Asia-Pacific region, home to two-thirds of the world’s poor, water quality is at a critical stage, as growing volumes of untreated wastewater from households, cities, agriculture, and industry continue to be released into the natural environment.

“Unprecedented challenges offer opportunities to implement a new paradigm for sustainable water and wastewater management,” comments Kala Vairavamoorthy, Executive Director of the International Water Association (IWA). “This is particularly the case in emerging economies, where more than 85% of wastewater is discharged untreated into rivers, lakes, and oceans. The next 10 to 20 years will be the golden age for solutions for wastewater and sanitation provision in emerging economies. The potential to innovate and implement a step change in approach is great. This will result in improved health of our societies and the environment.”

The International Water Association (IWA) hosts its biannual leading water event, the IWA Water and Development Congress & Exhibition in Colombo, Sri Lanka, from 1 to 5 of December 2019, bringing together water science and research with the public and private sectors, financial institutions, policy-makers, and civil society, to drive water cooperation and sustainable solutions for emerging economies.

In Asian countries, as with emerging economies in general, there is an urgent need to accelerate the diffusion of innovation and uptake of sustainable water solutions, products, and services. This can catalyze the transformation required to deliver water and sanitation for all by 2030 under the Sustainable Development Goals agenda.

The IWA Water and Development Congress & Exhibition 2019 provides a platform for national, regional and international cooperation on water. It is also a unique hub for water and sanitation professionals to develop the necessary capacities, knowledge and, fundamentally, connections across disciplines to implement available solutions and best practices at scale, and take innovations from research to the marketplace.

The IWA Water and Development Congress & Exhibition 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 the spark for critical issues which 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: Over 200 sessions which 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.

The international exhibition floor will be the networking hotspot during the event. For organizations looking to stand out as a leading brand, the IWA Water and Development Congress & Exhibition offers a unique opportunity to profile your organization and showcase your technical and service solutions amongst water professionals from over 90 countries.

Smart Water & Waste World Magazine is an official Media Partner of this event.

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