Water Journal : Current May 2016
125 www.awa.asn.au been international, the Sustainable Development Goals have highlighted a need to refocus on international cooperation and support. "The SDGs set us a clear challenge, we need to dramatically reduce the number of people without safe access to water and sanitation. We need to re-use water that has served its economic purpose and recycle it together with the materials and energy within it. We need to replenish rivers, lakes and groundwater reserves to create the resilience needed to absorb the shocks from floods and droughts," Bergkamp said. "What are the new partnerships that we need to have to realise the Sustainable Development Goals? How do you shape and form them? How do we create the critical collaborations from across sectors needed to deliver a sustainable water future?" But Bergkamp also reiterated the strong need for the Congress to inspire very practical action, ensuring that utilities and other service providers can walk away with a clear idea of where they stand in managing water for their communities. "Utilities are central to sustainable water management. The Congress will be a fantastic opportunity to get insights into the latest and best science, and what it means for operating utilities around the world," Bergkamp said. The Congress will also include affiliated events such as the Water Scarcity and Drought Summit, and a series of Leadership Forums, including a Water Regulators Forum. "The Water Regulators Forum will bring together water service regulators and environmental regulators from around the world together," Bergkamp said. "Countries around the world are struggling with how to develop regulations that support innovation, engage citizens, and deliver better health outcomes and environmental protections. "Through the IWA s Lisbon Charter, which defines how to develop regulation, we now have a tool to help regulators. For the Water Scarcity and Drought Summit, we have worked very closely with the Australian Water Partnership and some of the federal agencies." Bergkamp said that he is looking forward to seeing the Congress return to Australia, as the Australian water experience has a lot to offer in an international context. "The Australian water experience is world famous. A lot of people are really excited by having the opportunity to connect to that -- to connect to the people that are working at the forefront of water in Australia," Bergkamp said. "But also to take the opportunity to visit some of the famous, emblematic places that have dealt with so many of the big issues facing countries world-wide." IWA WORLD WATER CONGRESS WHEN: 9--14 October 2016 WHERE: Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre Registrations are now open. Visit bit.ly/IWAWorldCongress GER BERGKAMP'S TOP PICKS PROFESSOR JOHN THWAITES Professor John Thwaites will be elaborating on the Sustainable Development Goals as a keynote. John doesn't need an introduction; he is a very well known commentator on leading issues facing Australia. JON ROSE, WAVES FOR WATER We will also be hosting Jon Rose who will be giving a keynote address around emerging water contaminants. This presentation will connect some of the leading science with the leading practice. BARBARA FROST, WATERAID Barbara Frost from WaterAid will be another of the keynotes speaking to the Sustainable Development Goals. Barbara will be able to discuss this from the context of Water Aid, as an NGO working in urban areas.
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