W12 Congress

Cape Town Hosts Congress on Cities and Water


The W12 Congress, presented by Grundfos, is a Global Congress that will be held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre in January 2020. The event will host international and local industry and political leaders to discuss what’s new, and what’s working ― best practices, breakthrough technologies as well as guidelines for resiliency planning to avoid a water crisis.

10 Biggest Questions on the Global Water Market

The W12 agenda seeks to answer all of your questions about the new markets, topics, themes and issues facing the sector, with the answers to these questions acting as the deciding factors in what business strategies need to be in place for the coming years.

  • Taking the lead on how cities should protect their water resources?
  • Can utilities collaborate on technology?
  • What is driving growth in the Global municipal sector?
  • How big can water reuse get in the global market?
  • What are the new trends in desalination?
  • What's the role for private capital investment in water?
  • Why are the water sources worth so much?
  • What is the value of data in the global water space?
  • What are the water requirements in the food revolution and are we eating ourselves dry?
  • What are the best investment strategies for water? 

W12 Speakers Include:

Carlos Cosin, the CEO of Almar Water Solutions and he leads the strategic management and development to implement its vision and drives its success in the sector. He has also recently been elected, President of the International Desalination Association (IDA).

Sam Kietla was commissioned to launch a number of sustainability-related projects. He also worked closely with the UAE Federal National Council to produce the Global Summit of Women Speakers of Parliament, where the Abu Dhabi Declaration in response to global megatrends was drafted.
His personal mission is to edutain the public through specially-curated pavilions that raise awareness about humanity’s impact on the Planet, from MIYAH-World of Water.

See full programme here

Your Attendance Will Enable You To: 

  • Participate in engaging tracks deepening cross sectoral water knowledge
  • Learn from global water experts through engaging forums and keynote presentations
  • Gain inspiration from leaders and celebrities in water activism
  • Learn from city officials through exciting presentations highlighting their experiences
  • Engage with student and youth leaders in global water solutions
  • Network and make quality contacts with local and international water, environmental and sustainable development professionals, institutions and leaders
  • Reach decision-makers, opinion leaders and experts in various fields
  • Receive wide-ranging recognition as a key supporter of W12 in printed promotions, online and on signage

Read more here

The UNESCO documentary – “Waterwise How not to drain a country” will film and cover the W12 Congress. Make sure your brand and story is covered for this very topical initiative.


About the W12 Congress (27-31 January 2020):
The City of Cape Town proudly welcomes you to the W12 Congress, an International Conference and Expo that seeks to create the world’s first “Major City Best Practice Water Protocol” and strengthen the citizen-driven governance of alternative sustainable water solutions.

The Congress brings together city officials, academics, business executives, water experts, and students from major cities in the world that are likely to face a Day Zero scenario in the next 24 – 36 months. Cape Town was the first major city to face – and so far avoid - what has become known as Day Zero (the day that water resources are completely depleted and taps run dry).

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