Conferences & Events
The objective of this International Year is to raise awareness, both on the potential for increased cooperation, and on the challenges facing water management in light of the increase in demand for water access, allocation and services. Lead agency is UNESCO.
Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, 17-20 February 2014
The main congress theme is "Mobilizing Resources and Governance of Water and sanitation in Africa". Sub-themes include capacity building, pro-poor water and sanitation services and financing.
Kampala, Uganda, 17-20 February, 2014
"Group therapy for the sanitation sector". This action exchange will explore ways to achieve better and faster results of public and private sector sanitation service delivery, and ways to integrate community and market approaches. Co-organised by IRC, PSI, WSUP Enterprises, and Water For People.
ICC East London, South Africa, 19-21 February 2014
The theme of the conference, which is hosted by the Water Research Commission of South Africa, is structured around the AMCOW Policy and Strategy for Mainstreaming Gender in the Water Sector in Africa. Submission deadline for abstracts, posters, session topics and training: 15 August 2013.
India, March 2014
This fair will showcase "various designs of waterless toilets" funded through grants awarded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. It is a follow-up to the first fair held in August 2012, where grantees of the Reinvent the Toilet Challenge (RTTC) displayed their innovative on-site sanitation solutions, which were required to cost less than US$ 0.05 per user per day.
International, 14 March 2014
In 1997, the International Day of Action Against Dams and For Rivers, Water and Life was established to protest against destructive water development projects and promote river restoration. Some 160 actions and 38 stories from 40 countries were recorded on the campaign website in 2013.
International, 22 March 2014
Since 1993, International World Water Day (WWD) is held annually on 22 March to focus attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. The theme for World Water Day 2014 is Water and Energy.
Brisbane, Australia, 24-28 March 2014.
The theme for this week-long event is "Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for Everyone, Everywhere", with sub-themes: Equitable access, universal services; Achieving health outcomes with WASH; and Sustaining services and outcomes.
World Bank, Washington, DC, USA, 11 April 2014
This meeting brings together Ministers of Finance from developing countries, ministers of development cooperation from donor countries and high-level representatives from development banks and other donor institutions to address the lack of priority given to sanitation and water as a development intervention, the poor targeting of aid in the sector, and the need for robust planning and institutions.
International, 22 April 2014
Earth Day is an annual event, celebrated on April 22, on which events are held worldwide to demonstrate support for environmental protection. It was first celebrated in 1970, and is now celebrated in more than 192 countries each year.
International, 05 May 2014
This annual global campaign supports WHO's effort to improve hand hygiene in health care and thus prevent often life threatening healthcare-associated infections (HAI).
University of Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 11-16 May 2014
Once every two years since 2006, researchers from around the world convene to discuss the problem of arsenic in the environment. Around 100 million people in Asia and 14 million in Latin America are at risk of arsenicosis. The affected populations usually live in countries with low-income levels, and the disease largely affects dispersed rural and peri-urban populations.
Dakar, Senegal, 26-30 May 2014
Over 1000 participants are expected to meet to discuss Africa’s water and sanitation challenges. AMCOW organised the first Africa Water Week in 2008 with the aim to build momentum on achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for water and sanitation targets by 2015, and the 2025 Africa Water Vision.
International, 28 May 2014
WASH United has created Menstrual Hygiene Day to generate awareness around menstruation and Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) within water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) development initiatives.
Singapore, 01-05 June 2014
The 6th edition of the Singapore International Water Week incorporates the following events: The Water Leaders Summit, Water Convention, Water Expo, Business Forums, and the award ceremony of the prestigious Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize.
EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland, 04-06 June 2014
This conference on sustainable technology solutions for developing countries includes two WASH-related sessions: "Water and Sanitation Technologies for Sustainable Urban Development" and "Low-Cost, High-Tech and Crowd-Sourced Solutions for Better Water Management – Opportunities and Challenges". Abstract deadline: 14 October 2013.
International, 05 June 2014
World Environment Day ('WED') is celebrated every year on 5 June to raise global awareness of the need to take positive environmental action. It was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1972 and was celebrated for the first time in 1973.
Stockholm, Sweden, 31 August - 5 September 2014
This annual global water and development event attracts over 2,500 participants. One of the highlights is the award ceremony for the Stockholm Water Prize. The theme in 2014 is "Water and Energy - Making the Link".
Dakar, Senegal, September 2014 (postponed from May)
AfricaSan is an AMCOW initiative to help agencies and governments shape strategies for action to realise the eThekwini Commitments on sanitation in Africa.
Lisbon, Portugal, 21–26 September 2014
Over 5,000 people are expected to join IWA's biennual the congress and exhibition. Conference themes include: Cities and Basins of the Future; Utility Management, Assets, Customers and Water Economics; Water Reuse and Resource Recovery; Protecting Human and Environmental Health; Innovative Water Supply and Wastewater Technologies & Processes; Water Policy, Governance and Regulation in a Changing World; and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for Water.
Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA, 11-19 October 2014
This annual conference brings together academic research with policy, practice and networking events, focusing on drinking water, sanitation, hygiene and water resources with a strong public health emphasis.
12th Specialised Conference on Small Water and Wastewater Systems and 4th Specialised Conference on Resource Oriented Sanitation
Muscat, Oman, 02-04 November 2014
Organised by the International Water Association (IWA). Proposed themes include low technology treatment systems, ecological sanitation, operation and monitoring of small wastewater treatment plants, and wastewater reclamation and reuse.
Daegu and Gyeongbuk, Republic of Korea, 12-17 April 2015
Organised every three years, the World Water Forum is the largest international event in the field of water. The 7th Edition, which expects to attract gather over 30,000 participants, will have a new emphasis on science and technology.