The W12 Congress will begin with two days of meetings at the University of the Western Cape whereby six “task teams,” each made up of local and international academics and water experts as well as city delegates, will consider thematic areas related to the escalating water crisis. Those areas are Politics, Economics, Natural Science, Technical Science, Civil Society, and Social Sciences.
Throughout the Congress, each task team will not only consider its own area extensively, but will also integrate with the other task teams in an intersectional and comprehensive approach designed to produce a coordinated, long term plan for preserving access to water. The program is uniquely structured to target tensions between the different task teams, while bringing in city perspectives and ultimately creating a Major City Best Practice Water Protocol. Each task team will be led by a convener (or co-conveners), who will invite participating members and coordinate the work of the whole team.
Task teams are at the core of the congress. They bring specialized expertise from six critical sectors and provide the opportunity for cross-sector collaboration among multiple stakeholders.Task teams will develop systemic responses to the escalating water crisis and will imagine different structures and systems for the cities of the future. The unique structure of the W12 Congress provides long-term, informed perspectives that can lead to genuine progress for cities affected by escalating water shortages.
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