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IWA World Water Congress defines Solutions for global Water Crisis

LISBON/PORTUGAL, September 5, 2014 - More than 5000 leading water experts and industry professionals from approximately 90 countries will come together at the International Water Association (IWA)’s World Water Congress and Exhibition in Lisbon, Portugal in September (21-26) for five days of debate to identify and define new solutions to tackle the global water crisis.

Worldwide over 750 million people still lack access to safe drinking water; 2.5 billion people lack access to sanitation. Open defecation is the reality for nearly one billion people. Nearly all of these live in developing and emerging economies, and their situation is exacerbated by population growth, rapid urbanization and chronic underinvestment in water and sanitation infrastructure.

The Congress coincides with another key debate taking place in New York, where the UN General Assembly will agree a new set of vital Sustainable Development Goals to replace the longstanding Millennium Development Goals (2000-2015) and set the agenda for poverty reduction and improving the health, welfare and rights of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable citizens over the next 15 years.   
As the global association for water professionals, the IWA will call on the UN General Assembly to adopt water as a stand-alone Sustainable Development Goal (SDG), entitled: Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all, which has been drafted by a working group assembled specifically to address the SDGs.
Delegates will also review the latest scientific findings and share knowledge on leading edge water technologies, and propose effective regulatory systems to manage water and sanitation in a period of unprecedented water challenges. These include growing competition for water resources from industry, agriculture, nature and cities; all of which are impacted by climate change, population growth, changing consumption patterns and rapid urbanization.
Water has a critical role to play in every major global debate currently underway – from climate change and the green economy; industrialization and urbanization; human health and food production; economic development and regional stability.

For further information and to gain access to some of the World’s leading authorities on the challenges and opportunities facing the management and stewardship of the world’s most precious resource in the decades ahead contact:

To register for media accreditation to attend the IWA World Water Congress and Exhibition go to the following link and complete the online form.