Water & Wastewater Asia Jan/Feb 2018

WATER & WASTEWATER ASIA January / February 2018 IWA Water and Development Congress & Exhibition 2017: Sustainable solutions for emerging economies H e l d f rom 13 t o 16 November, the 2017 Water and Development Congress & Exhibition brought together 3,072 professionals from 82 countries of the global water community. New ideas were discussed and shared, new collaborations fostered, and new solutions to some of the greatest water, wastewater and sanitation challenges were identified. “The challenge that the water sector and water professionals have set themselves this week is to turn those challenges and risks into an opportunity that delivers benefitswell beyond thewater sector - howwe, as a sector, can drive the global agenda to meet the needs and expectations of billions of citizens by improving water availability, safety and security. This meeting has brought extra energy and focus to how we address the challenges, manage the risks and identify the opportunities”, said Kala Vairavamoorthy, IWA executive director. Many insightful discussions happened during the four days includingbeing inspiredby thevisionto transform water in Argentina outlined byMinister RogelioFrigerioandUnder Secretary Pablo Bereciatura; and a strong opinion fromGuangChen from the World Bank on how business as usual was not an option if the world is to achieve universal access to water and sanitation, and to establish the scale of what lies ahead - we need to find US$114 billion per year to reach those goals. In addition, Professor Barbara Evans, IWA Development Award for Water Research, reminded all to be people focused not infrastructure obsessed when working to deliver solutions to the massive gaps in sanitation provision around the world; and Marco Antonio Cevallos, IWA Development Award for Water Practice set the example for how management vision can lead water utilities in emerging economies to deliver vastly improved services, even to the poorest in society. Eleanor Allen from Water for All, askedexhibitorsandvisitors toexplore innovative financing mechanisms to meet the huge investment needed to reach the SDGs, and to seek out non-traditional ways of funding water and sanitation for all; The renowned economist Jeffrey Sachs introduced 3Ts: Trade Resources; Transform Water for Safe Use; and Traits of crops resistant to drought; and 3Fs Finance, Fairness and Funding; And from South Africa, Dhesigen Naidoo highlighted that dealing with climate change and global water risks requires all to relate the SDGs to the global economy, and introduced them to the Climate Change Grief Cycle. Withover 100 exhibitors, including country and thematic pavilions, the exhibition again proved to be a valuable networking place in the Congress, where exhibitors and delegates exchanged solutions and innovations to inspire global change. The exhibition presented a full picture of the global water sector: water utilities, governments, consultants, contractors, and technology providers presented their contribution to sustainable solutions in emerging economies globally. WWA *All photos are credited to IWA Water and Development Congress & Exhibition. The 2017 Water and Development Congress & Exhibition was held from 13 to 16 November