Global water technology company, Xylem, has announced that it will partner with UNESCO to sponsor the second International Conference on Water, Megacities and Global Change, WaterMega 2022.
The virtual conference will bring together scientists, policymakers, operators and civil society to address the challenges of providing water services to megacities and their inhabitants while managing the environment. It will aim to produce an overview of the water-related challenges and solutions that megacities face and use to mitigate the effects of climate change, strengthen the dialogue between scientific and political actors at the local level, and activate the cooperation platform of the Alliance of Megacities for Water and Climate (MAWAC) proposed at COP21 in 2015.
“Access to clean water and sanitation is a major challenge for cities with more than 10 million inhabitants,” said Hayati Yarkadas, president of water infrastructure at Xylem. “Increasing the resilience of cities is one of the most complex challenges facing public leaders. Xylem aims to drive progress by advancing technologies and approaches that help communities anticipate, prepare for, and respond to the effects of climate change and urbanization. It is paramount that we continue to host platforms like this to promote valuable exchanges of best practices to protect our planet for future generations.
“As UNESCO launches a global consultation among megacities stakeholders for a cooperation framework on water and climate, we are pleased to have Xylem as a key contributor this year.. They will play a big role in the dialogue on water and help megacities learn from each other’s experience, exchange best practices and partner with technical, academic, financial and political institutions, to design and implement implement their individual responses to the challenges of climate change. said Abou Amani, Director of the Division of Water Sciences and Secretary of UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Hydrological Program (IHP).
EauMega 2022 will take place from January 11 to 14, 2022 at UNESCO headquarters in Paris.