Mar 15, Colombo: International water experts will meet at the IWA Water and Development Congress and Exhibition in Colombo, Sri Lanka, in December, to progress solutions and the uptake of innovation needed to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with the dedicated water goal SDG 6 by 2030.
The International Water Association will hold the 6th edition of the IWA Water and Development Congress & Exhibition in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on 1-5 December 2019.
The IWA Water and Development Congress & Exhibition is the international biennial water event with a special focus on developing and emerging economies - countries with some of the most significant water challenges now and in the future.
The 2019 congress is the second of the congress series organized by the IWA taking place in the Asia region.
Congress participants and exhibitors will explore how policies, regulation, new financial models, innovative research, and best practices from around the world can help meet the growing threats to both water availability and water quality, and make progress towards achieving the human rights to water and sanitation.
Developing and emerging economies face the greatest threats to their water security. In these countries, increasing water scarcity and deteriorating water quality are critical issues. Global changes such as rapid urbanization and climate change amplify these concerns. The need for safe treatment of wastewater is fundamental to the well-being of societies, economies, and the environment. In a globalized and connected world, such issues cannot be dealt with separately but must be tackled together.
"With 2.1 billion people globally still lacking access to safely managed water supplies and 4.5 billion without safe sanitation, there is an urgent need to accelerate the diffusion of knowledge, innovation and sustainable water solutions," says Diane d'Arras, President of the International Water Association (IWA). "Transformational change is required to deliver water and sanitation for all within the upcoming 11 years under the Sustainable Development Goals agenda."
It is in response to these needs and opportunities that more than 3000 water experts from around the world will meet in Colombo, Sri Lanka in December this year.
The IWA Water and Development Congress & Exhibition series focuses on the transition to new ways of managing water resources and delivering water services in emerging economies.
This 2019 edition, organized by IWA together with the host country Sri Lanka and the National Water Supply & Drainage Board, deals in particular with drinking water treatment supply, fecal sludge and wastewater treatment for resource recovery, urban and city water services, integrated water management solutions at city and basin scale, and cross-cutting areas that contribute to the achievement of dedicated water goal SDG 6.