Water professionals meet for IWA congress in Kigali, Rwanda

The 7th edition of International Water Association, Water and Development Congress and Exhibition (IWA – WDCE) 2023 convenes water professionals worldwide to explore climate-resilient water and sanitation services at Kigali Convention Centre, Rwanda, from 10-14 Dec 2023.

Under the theme ‘water, sanitation, and climate resilience — keys to a water-wise future’, IWA – WDCE 2023 is said to bring water and sanitation practitioners, including policymakers, technologists, researchers, academia, members of civil society, and financiers to share knowledge and best practices that will shape Africa’s innovation potential to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and address water issues. Hosted by the Republic of Rwanda, under the joint coordination of IWA and Water and Sanitation Group (WASAC), the event will reportedly attract over 100 global exhibitors showcasing solutions in the water and sanitation sector.

The five thematic areas are ‘drinking water treatment and supply’, ‘wastewater treatment and sanitation services’, ‘integrated water management and planning’, ‘utility management and operation’ and ‘governance and finance’. This congress presents an opportunity for governments and stakeholders to exchange insights for low- and middle-income countries in the water and sanitation sector.

IWA, the global knowledge hub for water professionals, facilitates collaboration among professionals in more than 140 countries to address global water challenges. With a legacy of over seventy years, IWA supports technological innovation and best practices through international frameworks and standards.

From left: Prof Omar Munyaneza, Abimana Fidele, Tom Mollenkopf (Image: IWA)

“The 2030 deadline to reach the UN SDGs is approaching fast. All those gathering in Kigali share a sense of urgency to meet on the vital issues around water and better secure progress towards those goals,” said IWA president Tom Mollenkopf.

“Both developed and developing economies face issues such as inadequate water supply, insufficient sanitation services, climate change challenges, and management issues among water utilities,” added Abimana Fidele, the permanent secretary of the ministry of infrastructure in Rwanda.