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The International Water Summit's focus on water scarcity in arid regions is receiving strong regional support, and the influential Arab Countries Water Utilities Association (ACWUA) has confirmed they will be Knowledge Partner of the powerful global event.
With recent reports drawing a bleak picture for the future global water reserves and UN-Water warning that two-thirds of the world's population will face a lack of water in less than 20 years, if current trends in climate change, population growth, rural to urban migration and consumption continue, the need for regional collaboration on water supply in the dry Middle Eastern countries is greater than ever.
ACWUA, which has a membership network of more than 100 water utilities, private sector companies and academic institutions, will
play a significant knowledge-building role at the International Water Summit which is hosted by Masdar and will take place in Abu Dhabi from 15 - 17 January 2013.
Eng. Khaldon Khashman, Secretary General of ACWUA, believes that the organization's partnership with the International Water Summit will encourage event greater collaboration on water scarcity issues within the region.
"By supporting the first International Water Summit, ACWUA aims to build new liaisons with water-related industries in the Gulf, a region that pioneers water projects and provides access to strategic partners and stakeholders who hold expertise, talent, industry knowledge and trade enthusiasm," said Eng. Khashman.
"I would like to welcome all participants at the International Water Summit 2013, and invite them to seize this unique opportunity to connect with a global network of political leaders, water experts and investors from the public and private sector."
"ACWUA's aim is to build a solid, professional platform for water experts from all over the world to share and exchange their knowledge and expertise. We strongly believe that global cooperation is essential if we want to accelerate the development of sustainable water solutions. This is why ACWUA is promoting the International Water Summit 2013 within its network through advertisements, website announcements, newsletters and social media tools."
ACWUA's involvement with IWS will include a panel discussion themed 'Analytical Outlook of Network Efficiency', and a presentation by Eng. Khashman, titled 'Certification of Water and Wastewater Operators in the Arab Region (Challenges and Road Map)'.
Peter McConnell, Show Director for IWS, said that the ACWUA's partnership is a sign of concerted Gulf efforts to find solutions to the water scarcity issues facing the region.
"ACWUA represents an influential coalition of water-related partners within the MENA region, and their collective knowledge will significantly contribute to the discussions at IWS, adding a strong regional perspective to global water issues."
The first International Water Summit to be launched in 2013 will gather world leaders, business innovators and academia luminaries from the global water community to explore future developments of the water industry and the water-energy nexus.
IWS will present participants and visitors with a unique opportunity to network with decision makers, solution providers and water experts from the public and private sectors over three possibility-laden days that will include a high-profile conference with more than 85 prominent speakers and an exhibition that has attracted over 150 exhibitors from 20 countries.
The International Water Summit 2013, which is co-located with the World Future Energy Summit, both hosted by Masdar, will be held at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), UAE, from 15 - 17 January 2013, as part of the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week.
ACWUA is building a solid, professional platform for water experts from all over the world to share and exchange their knowledge and expertise through the various, exceptional events and activities organized over the year, such as training & certification programs, best practice conferences, seminars and workshops; to raise members' efficiency and performance level.
ACWUA is under the umbrella of the Arab Ministerial Water Council/League of Arab States and is supported by many international organizations. ACWUA is a regional center for excellence that partners with water and wastewater utilities in the Arab countries, to provide best practice delivery services to their customers.
ACWUA has recently joined the American Association of Boards (ABC) of Certification as a Regulatory Member, and has become the exclusive implementer of the Water Operators Certification Program in the region.
ACWUA is also a member of the MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA-NETWORK OF WATER CENTERS OF EXCELLENCE (MENA NWC) to lead the water supply and sanitation thematic group, that aims to link technical institutions across the Middle East and North Africa with each other, with counterpart institutions in the United States and elsewhere, with governments, and with the private sector to solve the critical water problems confronting the region.
About International Water Summit 2013
In response to the Abu Dhabi leadership's compelling declaration that water is more important than oil in the United Arab Emirates, the 2013 International Water Summit from 15 - 17 January 2013 is a bold first step in this arid region to develop the strategic action plans and innovative solutions needed to safeguard this invaluable resource with as little environmental impact as possible.
The 2013 International Water Summit is a testament to the commitment taken by the UAE, Abu Dhabi and Masdar to embrace the inseparable relationship between water and energy. Like energy sustainability, water sustainability needs to be at the top of the global agenda. For more information about the International Water Summit, visit: www.iwsabudhabi.com.
Source: International Water Summit 2013
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