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W12 Congress: First International Meeting of Cities
Facing Water Challenges

January 27 – 29, 2020 and May 18-29, 2020 in Cape Town, South Africa

The Institute for Ecological Civilization has partnered with the University of the Western Cape and Save our Schools Non-Profit Organization (SOSNPO) to produce the inaugural W12 Congress: First International Meeting of Cities Facing Water Challenges. This event will bring together city officials, water experts, academics, and students in two unique program. Participants will create the W12 Framework for ongoing collaboration across sectors to preserve access to water.


Task Teams

The first part of the Congress will be two days of invitation-only meetings at the University of the Western Cape in which six “task teams,” each made up of local and international academics and water experts as well as city delegates, will consider thematic areas related to the escalating water crisis. Those areas are Politics, Economics, Natural Science, Technical Science, Civil Society, and Social Sciences.

Each task team will consider its own area and integrate with the other teams in an intersectional and comprehensive approach designed to produce a coordinated, long term plan. Each task team will be led by a convener, who will invite participating members and coordinate the work of the whole team.

These sessions will feed into the larger Congress event, to be held May 18-19, 2020.


The W12 Framework

The result of these efforts will be the W12 Framework, reflecting the common understanding of participating experts and city representatives. The framework will include shared principles and goals, as well as plans for the development of resources for cities facing water shortages. The ultimate goal is to make best practices from around the world more accessible and useful to policymakers, businesses, non-governmental organizations, and individuals.

If you are interested in learning more about the task teams or about the W12 Congress or the W12 Framework, please reach out to Ellie Leaning at eleaning@ecocivorg.

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