The IWA World Water Congress & Exhibition

Shaping our water future

The IWA World Water Congress & Exhibition set itself the goal of ‘shaping our water future’ and to play a catalytic role in addressing the challenges and opportunities for a sustainable, equitable and secure water future for all.

October 2016

Brisbane, Australia

The IWA World Water Congress & Exhibition 2016 took place in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, and covered 5 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. Watch our keynotes that inspired the 5000 participants in the plenary sessions. And read The Brisbane Report that summarises the key takeaways.

This edition saw the Sustainable Development Goals adopted by the IWA Governing Assembly, the launch of the IWA Principles for Water-Wise Cities, the water scarcity summit and many other leadership and business forums and sessions. If you like to learn more follow #iwa2016Brisbane and watch the video coverage of the event.

September 2016

Lisbon, Portugal

In late September 2014, global attention focused on two assemblies separated by five time zones across one ocean. New York and Lisbon hosted influential gatherings to advance human progress in the face of escalating competition over finite natural resources, in particular: water.

The IWA World Water Congress & Exhibition Synthesis Report (download), published today, is a groundbreaking report documenting the key discussions and debates that took place in Lisbon between water professionals from within and outside the water sector.

The Congress was successful in pushing the boundaries of what is possible and in showing what can be done. The discussions over the future of water continue, but by participating in the Lisbon Congress water professionals from across the world have brought us closer to finding the solutions to global water challenges. Check the conversation #iwa2014lisbon.

Since 1998

Previous editions

The IWA World Water Congress & Exhibition first edition was in Paris, followed by Berlin, Melbourne, Marrakesh, Beijing, Vienna, Montreal, Busan, Lisbon and Brisbane. In 2018 Tokyo in Japan is the host of the world leading water professionals, just before the 2020 edition in Copenhagen, Denmark.

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