Venue: Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Conference Center, Durban, South Africa
Date: 22 - 24 March 2017
Once again the world will converge in South Africa, Durban on 22 March in celebration of the annual World Water Day, under the theme “Wastewater: The Untapped Resource" which is intended to highlight the plight of the global population still suffering from water and sanitation related issues. The activities of the celebrations will amongst others include:
Africa's rising population is driving demand for water and accelerating the degradation of water resources. In Africa, especially sub Saharan Africa, more than a quarter of the population spends more than half an hour per round trip to collect water, which has dire implications for women and children. According to the World Health Organisation, 115 people in Africa die every hour from diseases linked to poor sanitation, poor hygiene and contaminated water. A lack of access to safe drinking water and sanitation still kills more children than malaria, measles and HIV/AIDS combined.
Based on the above to the World Water Day, the celebrations are extended to feature a 2 day Regional Water Summit and Expo, which will focus on the following: