What is W12?

The City of Cape Town proudly welcomes you to the W12 Congress, a South African 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 mayors, leaders and delegates from the 12 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 what has become known as Day Zero: the day water resources are completely depleted and taps run dry.

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Why is W12 Important?

By 2050 almost 2 billion people living in cities will suffer water shortages as demand for water increases by up to 70% (World Bank). Extremely high water stress can threaten national security. Solutions must be found and implemented now. The need to work together locally and internationally to ensure the future of our world’s water is evident.

Cities, citizens, and industry leaders will join keynote speakers Arnold Schwarzenegger, Irina Bokova and Jesper Theilgaard among other experts. The objective is to share insights on challenges, best practices and brainstorm practical solutions for water and climate resilience. We will achieve this not only from a city and industry point of view but down to where it really matters; citizen-driven actions.

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