UNESCO-IHP at the IWA World Water Congress 2016

When, local time: 
Sunday, 9 October 2016 - 8:30am to Thursday, 13 October 2016 - 5:00pm
Australia, South Brisbane
Type of Event: 
Category 7-Seminar and Workshop
Alexandros Makarigakis (a.makarigakis@unesco.org)

Organized by the International Water Association (IWA), the World Water Congress is a global event that takes places every two years and which focuses on water solutions, bringing together thought leaders, decision makers, leading researchers and business representatives from the water sector and beyond.

This year, the event will cover five programme themes: Cities, Utilities and Industries Leading Change; Re-Charting the Course of Water Resources; Enabling Progress with Good Governance, Sustainable Finance and ICT; Water Quality, Safety and Human Health and Water and Wastewater Processes and Treatments.

The International Hydrological Programme of UNESCO (UNESCO-IHP) will be taking part in this event by contributing to the organization of trainings, and workshops via its expertise:

• 9 October 2016, Room P5: Crisis Management at Water Utilities – Concept, Preparedness and Latest Technology Development in Decision Support System Using Artificial Intelligence.

In a context of global change, population growth, and increase of environmental risks, water utilities need to share experience and best practices in order to be best prepared against upcoming crisis situations, and to develop efficient resiliency for water services. Trainees will understand through practical cases and simulated exercise how they can be prepared and respond to extreme events, and how they can make use of the latest development in Smart Water Systems. Beyond the concepts and recommendations, special attention will also be given on how to improve mitigation and response by regularly practicing drills, and on the need for appropriate communication under stressed situations. http://www.iwa-network.org/in-a-crisis-to-manage-or-not-to-manage-that-i...

• 12 October 2016, Room M3: WHO Sanitation Safety Planning, From Concept to Implementation.

Growing populations and increasing urbanization make investing in sanitation, to reduce pollution of rivers and other water bodies, a priority. This workshop will present how Sanitation Safety Plans can help deliver a sustainable water future. It will also present the Global Water Pathogen Project, implemented by UNESCO and the Michigan State University, in synergy with the WHO Sanitation guidelines.

UNESCO-IHP will also be represented in the following events:
• 11 October 2016, 15h30 to 17h00, Sky Room: Emerging Water Leaders Forum;
• 11 October 2016, 13h30 to 15h00, Room M4: Climate Change: Adaptation and Resilience;
• 13 October 2016, 13h30 to 15h00, Room M0: Appropriate Technologies for Disasters and Humanitarian Crises.

Finally, UNESCO-IHP will be organizing or participating in the following IWA meetings:
• 7 October 2016, all day: IWA Strategic Council;
• 8 October 2016, all day: IWA Specialist Group Leaders Meeting;
• 11 October 2016, 10h30 to 12h00: IWA Water Security and Safety Management Specialist Group Open Meeting;
• 11 October 2016, 12h00 to 13h30, Board Room 2: IWA Efficient Urban Water Management Specialist Group Closed Meeting;
• 12 October 2016, 12h00 to 13h30, Room M8: IWA Efficient Urban Water Management Specialist Group Open Meeting.