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About XIII World Aqua Congress - 2019

Water for all – Leaving no one behind

Aqua Foundation’s World Aqua Congress (Conference & Exhibition) brings water, environment and related professionals from around the world and offers new insights into how cutting edge research, technological innovation and leading practices shape the major transformation in water management. The conference provides a unique opportunity to learn about the latest trends in best practices, innovative technologies and cutting edge research. Connecting experts from across water and environment sectors, it deliberates on challenges of delivering clean water to growing populations, keeping rivers and water bodies clean & healthy, best practices for ground water exploration and management, industrial water management, enhancing water use efficiency, impact of climate change, policies and regulations, and acknowledging champions of water & environment. Experts, practitioners, decision-makers, business innovators and young professionals from a range of sectors and countries network, exchange ideas, foster new thinking and develop solutions to the most pressing water-related challenges of today. We believe water is key to our future prosperity, and that together, we can achieve a water wise world.The Congress presents the collective knowledge and know-how through leading keynote speakers, Tech-talks by industry leaders, research paper presentations, poster sessions, showcasing latest technologies in display areas, and open discussions.

When the 2030 Agenda was adopted in 2015 by the UN, all countries and stakeholders set out an ambitious agenda envisaging a world free of poverty, hunger and disease. A world where all life can thrive and where no one is left behind. At a time of immense global challenges – poverty, inequalities, natural disasters, humanitarian crises and forced displacement – the 2019 edition of World Aqua Congress aligns itself with theme of UN World Water Day and looks at why people have been left behind and how access to water and sanitation and sustainable water management can be drivers of change.Water for all implies that also elderly, disabled, marginalized and poor people get access to clean drinking water and proper sanitation, as is meant with universal access in Sustainable Development Goals #6.1 and 6.2.

India is growing...practically in every aspect. At 7.6%, India is the fastest-growing large economy in the world today. At the same time, Indian economy is struggling with excessive population growth and changing water resource conditions. India faces major challenges in the water sector with the per capita availability going down and demand growing due to urbanisation and industrialisation.

The objective of the XIII World Aqua Congress is to bring various stakeholders on a common platform, deliberate on various issues linked to water, discuss inclusion of these solutions in policy framework and work towards ensuring a more sound future for the world we leave to our children.

The conference is being organized along with exhibition on water technology. Various new technologies have emerged for efficient use of water, water management, waste water treatment, distribution, desalination, recycling, re-use etc., and exhibition provides a platform for display of these technologies.

The sub-themes of the conference have been aligned with identified goals of National Water Mission, to ensure integration of solutions with policies and priorities of the Government. Following themes broadly describe the focus areas of deliberations, with a certain degree of overlapping. The structure has been deliberately kept flexible and will evolve depending on research contributions received from participants.

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