International Water Summit takes centre stage during Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week

Abu Dhabi: The global issues of promoting water sustainability in arid regions in 2013, in particular the water-energy nexus, will be the focus of the inaugural International Water Summit in Abu Dhabi from 15 – 17 January 2013 as part of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week.

The International Water Summit (IWS) will bring together policy makers, world leading water experts and solution providers to address the challenges facing the global community in terms of water scarcity and water sustainability. The event is hosted by Masdar, Abu Dhabi’s multi-faceted renewable energy company, Borouge Borealis being the principal sponsor and the Abu Dhabi Water ‘&’ Electricity Authority as a strategic partner.

A steering committee consisting of senior representatives from the UAE Ministry of Water and Environment, Masdar, Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority, Environment Agency-Abu Dhabi, Regulation ‘&’ Supervision Bureau and the Abu Dhabi Sewerage Service Company is guiding the International Water Summit, which is being held under the patronage of His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, which runs from 13 – 17 January 2013, forms part of Abu Dhabi’s commitment to find solutions to the world’s water and energy challenges through partnership and investment.

Mohammad El-Ramahi, IWS Executive Steering Committee Secretary, Chairman of the Technical Committee and Head of Utilities, Engineering and Operation at Masdar, said “the International Water Summit, as part of the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, will be a crucial platform in addressing issues of water scarcity, security and access facing the region and the world. The Summit will encourage practical and innovative solutions to these challenges for the international community”.

Peter McConnell, Show Director for IWS, said the International Water Summit has established partnerships with the world’s leading associations, NGOs and communities in the water sector, including UN Water, International Desalination Association, Arab Countries Water Utilities Association Singapore International Water Week, the Water Environment Federation and many more under negotiation”.

Mr McConnell said the buzz surrounding Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week is an ideal launching pad for the International Water Summit.

“Abu Dhabi will be the focus of world attention in January next year with world leaders, government delegations, policy influencers, industry experts and technology innovators gathering to discuss a range of global issues relating to water and energy.” “The International Water Summit offers a global platform to find solutions to the issues surrounding water sustainability, particularly the issues facing arid regions like the Middle East and Africa, and the summit has a real opportunity to drive change in these water-scarce areas”, said Mr McConnell.

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