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Event The XVIth World Water Congress


Since 1973, every three years IWRA organizes and supports events related to advancing water resources knowledge, policy and management around the world. 
The World Water Congresses aims to provide a meeting place to share experiences, promote discussion, and present new knowledge, research results and new developments in the field of water policy and science from around the world. For more than four decades, World Water Congresses have been the breeding ground for identification of major global themes concerning the water agenda as well as for bringing together a large cross-section of stakeholders for the development and implementation of decisions in the field of water. 

Congress Subthemes


1.      Water, sanitation and health 

·         Safe and affordable drinking water

·         Adequate and equitable sanitation

·         Water and public health


2.      Water quality, wastewater and reuse

·         Water quality and pollution management  – from ridge to reef

·         Water technologies

·         The circular economy  – reduce, remove, reuse


3.      Water security in a changing world

·         Risk management, disaster risk reduction, and the economics of water security

·         Climate change adaptation

·         Sustainable and efficient water use – surface water and groundwater

·         Reliability, equitability, and adaptability


4.      Water policy and governance

·         IWRM and transboundary issues at all levels

·         Financing, tariffs and the economics of good governance

·         Water law and regulation


5.      Water ecosystems and physical regimes

·         Ecosystem and biodiversity

·         Natural and engineered hydrological systems

·         The hydro-climatic dimension 

6.      Water and sustainable growth

·         Managing urban growth - IUWM

·         The Water, Energy and Food Nexus and Green Growth

·         Water infrastructure – investment and financing


 Congress Cross-Cutting Issues


A.     Bridging science and policy

·         Policy-relevant science

·         Scientifically-based policy and management

·         Modelling and decision support systems

B.      Building capacity

·         Research, monitoring, innovation, and education

·         Technology transfer, information & communication technologies, water information systems and capacity building at all levels

·         International cooperation


C.      Stakeholder participation

·         Promote multi-stakeholder dialogues that involve all: public, private, civil society – women and men – young and old

·         Bridging levels: bottom up and top down

·         Keeping focus on culture, poverty reduction, justice, and equity

·         Transparency, corruption, and integrity

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Event type Conference
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Source worldwatercongress
Geographical coverage Mexico,
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Target audience International
Period [29/05/2017 - 03/06/2017]
Status Confirmed
Working language(s) ENGLISH , SPANISH