IWA selects Malaysia and Brazil as host countries for 2028 and 2030 World Water congress and exhibition

The International Water Association (IWA) has unveiled that Kuching, Malaysia has been selected as the location for the 2028 IWA World Water congress and exhibition, and São Paulo, Brazil as the location for the 2030 edition.

This announcement was made following the meetings of the IWA board on 14-15 Sep 2023 and the IWA governing assembly on 16 Sep 2023 in Bordeaux, France

The IWA World Water congress and exhibition is a global event covering the full water cycle, attracting companies across the water sector. With the biennial event moving from location to location, each edition is said to offer an opportunity to highlight regional issues and strengthen connections within and beyond the region. Next year’s edition will be held in Toronto, Canada, on 11-15 Aug 2024. The 2026 edition will be held in Glasgow, Scotland, at the city’s Scottish event campus. Last year’s edition was held in Copenhagen, Denmark and was reportedly the largest staging of IWA flagship event to date.

Outstanding proposals supported by delegations were received from both candidates, with the Malaysian bid led by the Malaysian Water Association (MWA) and the Brazilian bid led by Brazilian Association of Sanitary and Environmental Engineering (ABES).

MWA president Dr Mohmad Asari thanked South East Asia water utility network for its support in their bid for the congress. He said, “MWA involvement in the Asia-Pacific region through the IWA ASPIRE conference has allowed us foster collaboration with water organisations.”

The Brazilian team also expressed its excitement for São Paulo being selected as the host location for 2030. Marcel Sanches, secretary-general of ABES, said: “It will be the first time that an event of this size will be held in Latin America and the Caribbean. It will be seven years of hard work together to promote this achievement which we hope will be a milestone in our country and the continent.”