In 2020, Copenhagen will host the IWA World Water Congress & Exhibition. Monday, this was celebrated at an IWA 2020 reception at the Danish Pavilion in Tokyo. At the same event, a MoU was signed between Danish and American utilities.
More than 5000 water professionals are these days gathered in Tokyo for IWA World Water Congress & Exhibition. Next time, the conference will take place in Copenhagen, where the theme will be “Water for smart liveable cities”. On Monday, this was celebrated at an IWA 2020 reception at the Danish Pavilion.
The Danish Minister for Environment and Food, Jakob Ellemann-Jensen gave the opening speech at the reception, where he highlighted the great expectations for the conference and emphasised the knowledge and experiences in the Danish water industry.
“We are eager to create solutions that can help solve the SDGs. Water and sanitation are important elements of life.”
Danish Minister for Environment and Food, Jakob Ellemann-Jensen
IWA President Diane d’Arres followed the Minister’s speech and was impressed by the big support from the Danish delegates. With 15 companies exhibiting and more than 100 delegates, the Danish delegation is the third largest delegation, just after Japan and China. The Danish water sector is strongly represented by both companies, utilities and organisations.
In 2017, Danish companies exported for almost DKK 17 billion (EUR 2,28 billion) in water technology globally. This technology includes water pumps, valves, filtration and cleaning as well as measuring instruments. Export of Danish water technology has risen by 78 percent since 2006 with Sweden, Germany, the US and China as the largest export markets.
Collaboration between Danish and American utilities
During the reception, a MoU was signed between Danish Water and Wastewater Association (DANVA) and Water and Environment Federation (WEF) to engage in an even closer cooperation towards 2020 and beyond. The cooperation will focus on connecting water professionals nationally and globally and strengthening the expertise among them.
The Danish Minister for Environment and Food supports the two organisations’ commitment to cooperate as it will enrich and strengthen the expertise of water professionals, thereby providing a platform for innovation in the water sector, which is needed to meet future challenges, such as climate change, urbanisation as well as clean water and sanitation for all. Consequently, the commitment will contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The two organisations will also cooperate towards making the IWA World Water Congress 2020 in Copenhagen a success.