W12 Congress 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 W12 Framework

The W12 Congress will begin by assessing the issue of water crises through six expert task teams focusing on politics, economics, technical sciences, natural sciences, social sciences, and civil society. These task teams aim to aggregate knowledge within and across thematic areas, sharing best practices from different geographies, ultimately developing the Major Cities Best Practice Water Framework: the “W12 Framework”.

Knowledge will be gained and solutions will be achieved through collaborations, networking, Q & A sessions and other participatory approaches.

The W12 conference will be held January 29 – 31, 2020 in Cape Town, South Africa, in partnership with an event held January 27 – 28, 2020 at the University of the Western Cape, and aims to be the first of a global movement featuring the major work of city governments facing water crises.

Themes Covered

Current situation of global climate change – Keynote Speech Focus

Impacts of climate change in Cape Town

Mitigation and adaptation

Renewable Energy

The importance of water both in business and daily life beyond the obvious

Water is vital to business: poor water quality or insufficient supply can curtail or even shut down activities in business operations and the supply chain.

Youth Engagement

Green Economy

What can civil society do? – create official specialist knowledge library – open source

Equity, justice, and access (rights based approach)

Media Coverage

International & National Press will be present to cover the event.

Due to the high interest and caliber of our international speakers and audience, we anticipate substantial media coverage of this event, which creates a perfect opportunity for the City of Cape Town to share their story and takes the global leadership in citizen-driven results on the water.

A film crew from our partner UNESCO will film the event, which will be incorporated into their Netflix Documentary ‘Water Wise: How Not to Drain a Country’ and will prove an invaluable tool for partners marketing and credibility.