The W12 Congress, presented by Grundfos, is not another talk shop or trade show but a dynamic partnership that is action oriented and results driven, culminating in the world’s first Major City Best Practices Water Protocol. International cities, who are facing their own water challenges, will be participating and sharing the knowledge gained from the “Day Zero” scenario which almost happened in Cape Town in 2018.

Tickets are now on sale and Early Bird tickets are selling fast. Be sure to get your tickets now, everything from student tickets to full access delegate ticket packages are available.

Businesses and entrepreneurs have a crucial role to play in the new water and climate change arena and as such, in the last few years, we have seen the emergence of a new type of entrepreneur. Its pioneers are producing conceptual ideas, new products and transformative business models that have intelligence and integrity, this is something that SOSNPO, the organisers of the event, want to display at The W12 congress.

“The costs and consequences of inaction on water are colossal, both in economic and human terms. The W12 congress is a meeting of the best water minds from across the globe. I am confident that, with the best information at our fingertips, political will, financing, and some time, we can deliver Better Water Policies and solutions for Better Lives.” Commented Shelley Humphreys, Executive Director of SOSNPO.

This conference will provide an opportunity for city officials, academics, citizens, and industry leaders to join keynote speakers Arnold Schwarzenegger, Irina Bokova and Jesper Theilgaard among other experts, exchanging ideas and sharing solutions.

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.

Keynote Speaker – Arnold Schwarzenegger
The world first knew Arnold Schwarzenegger as a famous bodybuilder and a Hollywood action hero, and now as California’s 38th Governor, an environmental crusader, a successful businessman, and a generous philanthropist.

The W12 Congress takes place 27th – 31st January, 2020 in Cape Town, South Africa and will be the first event that brings government and municipalities together in the now urgent global movement to manage and solve the world’s water crisis.

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).


Editors Notes:
The W12 Congress was originally to be held in May 2019. However, due to the SA elections, the conference was rescheduled for January 2020.

Issued on behalf of SOS NPO and W12 Congress

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