IWA to co-organise the Singapore International Water Week Water Convention until 2024
Kala Vairavamoorthy (left), CEO IWA, and Pang Chee Meng (right), Director for Industry Development, PUB,
Singapore’s National Water Agency.
The Singapore International Water Week (SIWW) Pte Ltd and the International Water Association (IWA) signed an agreement to continue the partnership to co-organise the next three editions of the Water Convention in 2020, 2022 and 2024. This partnership connects IWA’s global membership of more than 10,000 water professionals with the world’s thriving pioneers to nurture long-lasting professional connections and sustainable solutions.
The Water Convention is a signature programme of the SIWW, held biennially in Singapore, for top water practitioners and leaders to share best practices, strategies and applied technological solutions to evolving water trends under four key themes - delivering water from source to tap, effective and efficient wastewater value management, water for liveability and resilience, and water quality and health.
Since its inception in 2008, the Water Convention has been a successful collaboration between IWA and SIWW to facilitate exchange and co-creation of innovative ideas between water industry experts, regulators, practitioners, researchers and academics to address global water challenges.
Over the past decade, the Water Convention has built a strong reputation, and attracted about 3,000 paper submissions from over 70 countries, of which about 200 have been published in the IWA’s Water Practice and Technology scientific journal.
The influence of the Water Convention has grown exponentially with the increasing vulnerability of the wider Asia and Pacific region to water-related crisis as well as an unparalleled drive towards water resilience. Singapore’s remarkable transformation into a leading hydrohub for sustainable water management offers important lessons to water professionals from around the world.
“The Singapore International Water Week (SIWW) is proud to celebrate ten years of water excellence in partnership with the International Water Association (IWA). SIWW 2018 concluded on a high note with more than 24,000 people from 110 countries and regions in attendance and S$23 billion in business deals and announcements. As one of the highly water-stressed countries in the world, Singapore’s strategies and innovation have not gone unnoticed, especially in areas such as potable reuse and desalination. With the continued partnership with IWA, we look towards greater efforts in elevating the knowledge and know-how of water sustainability and resilience at the future editions of the SIWW Water Convention to shape our water future,” said Pang Chee Meng, Director for Industry Development, PUB, Singapore’s National Water Agency.
“With the ever-increasing demands to divide finite water resources for cities, industries, energy, food and nature, and escalating pressures brought by climate change, we can either shrink or embrace it as an unprecedented opportunity: the dawn of a golden era for water professionals,” said Kala Vairavamoorthy, CEO of the International Water Association. “IWA’s opportunity to continue shaping the Water Convention’s programme/content along with SIWW is an important force for driving the type of innovative solutions in science, technology and practice that are required to solve our most complex water challenges.”