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To achieve the 2030 Sustainable Development Goal 6 of ensuring the availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all, will require a massive effort by the water and sanitation practitioners, especially those in low and middle income countries. We are beyond a simple model of expanded investment in infrastructure, there are numerous challenges and they are linked in often complex ways. For example, progress in the sector is significantly hampered by an overall shortage of appropriately skilled people in the workforce.

IWA has published a preliminary analysis from 15 countries in 2014. Developing and emerging economies have made efforts to cope with the challenges, training, establishing competency frameworks, organizational development and implementing institutional frameworks.

This is only one issue for which the Water and Development Congress & Exhibition creates an opportunity to share, mutually reinforce and accelerate work in progress.

Latin America is the most urbanised region on the planet, with over 80% of the population living in cities. Being in Buenos Aires later this year for the Water and Development Congress and Exhibition will provide an opportunity to see up close how this city has developed its economy, services and infrastructure. And this is important for urban leaders from other developing regions such as Africa and Asia who are entering an era of urbanisation.
Thought Leadership Keynotes
"I want to fast forward to the future when no one has to die of bad water."

Eleanor Allen
CEO, Water for People

Leadership Forums

The Congress includes a number of important Forums that will connect you to regulation, science and industry leaders. This is an opportunity to get an in-depth understanding of current trends, latest research, guiding strategies and leading practice.

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.
Programme Themes

Efficient Utilities as Drivers for Sustainable Development
Servicios de Agua y Saneamiento Eficientes Como Impulsores Del Desarrollo Sostenible.
Sustainable Operation and Maintenance of Water and Sanitation Systems
Mantenimiento y Funcionamiento Sostenibles de Sistemas de Agua y Saneamiento
Integrating Water in City Planning and Design
Integrando el Agua en el Diseño y Planificación de la Ciudad
Connecting Basins and the Cities that Depend on them
Conectando las Cuencas a las Ciudades que Dependen de Ellas
Water Policies, Regulations and Multi-stakeholder Collaboration
Políticas de Agua, Regulación y Colaboración Multilateral

The main themes of the Water and Development Congress 2017


Join the development event for water professionals

The International Water Association (IWA) and its main partner in Buenos Aires, Argentina´s Ministry of Internal Affairs, Public Works and Housing – Secretary of Water Resources, through AySA and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), are proud to invite you to attend the next edition of the IWA Water and Development Congress & Exhibition (IWA WDCE2017), which will take place from 13 to 16 November 2017 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
The IWA Water and Development Exhibition…

The Water and Development Congress & Exhibition will have over 100 exhibitors. If you have any queries please contact us via e-mail or call us at + 31 70 3820028.

BUSINESS FORUM SESSIONS are where projects & innovations get highlighted on how they contribute to the themes of the Congress. Exhibitors, delegates and visitors interact, discuss and learn about the new projects, services, research, challenges & solutions. Book a Business Forum - Contact us!
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