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Urban Water Security in Uncertain Times Online Event

Join an online W12 international panel discussion about how the shift in global priorities sees water as the key industry for future investment

Four industries are now set to boom*. International investors are looking at where money will be best spent following the effects and realities of Covid-19. The industries identified for future growth are:

  • Water
  • Food
  • Healthcare
  • Green energy

*Source:  World Economic Forum

W12 (the Water Congress that was to have taken place on 18 May in Cape Town) is facilitating this online event when seven panellists will discuss the implications of water investment and opportunities presented to meet immediate needs and long-term goals. W12 will also present its ongoing work on a water protocol database. This online event replaces the main W12 Congress, which will be rescheduled when it is safe to travel and gather in person.

Where: Please register below to be sent the specific live stream link on the day

When: Monday 18 May 2020  (16h00 - 18h00 (CET) 10h00 - 12h00 (EDT)


  • Karin Krchnak, Program Manager, Water Resources Group, World Bank
  • Henk Ovink - Special Envoy International Water Affairs, Kingdom of the Netherlands
  • Alexandros Makarigakis, Acting Deputy Secretary of the UNESCO Inter-governmental Hydrological Programme
  • Betsy Otto, Program Director, Global Water Program, World Resources Institute
  • Mads Nipper, CEO, Grundfos
  • Rashad Shawa, Chairman, International Water Bank
  • Beth Chitekwe-Biti, Acting Director, Slum Shack Dwellers International

 Moderator:  Philip Clayton, President, Institute for Ecological Civilzation (EcoCiv)

To listen in to the discussion, please click on the link above. 

About the W12 Congress

The W12 Congresswill be 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 will bring together city officials, academics, business executives, water experts, and students from major cities in the world that are likely to face a water crisis scenario, similar to what Cape Town faced. Cape Town was the catalyst to this now urgent global movement, leading the way to manage and solve the world’s water crisis.

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Date: 18 May 2020 City: Online