On 26-27 November, the 4th ASEM Seminar on Urban Water Management will take place in Chenzhou, China, togehter with China (Chenzhou) International Expo on the Sustainable Utilization of Water Resources and Green Development.
Water is one of the most critical issues facing the world today. With developing and emerging economies confronted with some of the biggest water challenges, they also represent some of the biggest opportunities to get our water future right. At present, the world is entering a crucial stage to promote green and low-carbon development, accelerate sustainable urbanization, transform and upgrade environmental protection industry, as well as to build a modern water safety guarantee system. The achievements in the process of sustainable development are remarkable to all. While there have been some undisputed successes, much of the world is still moving along an unsustainable way. The crisis of too little, too much or too dirty water is here. The crisis already affects millions of people, threatening their health and well-being, undermining efforts at food security, destroying our ecosystems, compromising all spheres of development and causing the migration of large numbers of people. As we stand on this precipice, we offer both warnings and hope.
Built on the results of the 3rd ASEM Seminar on Urban Water Management in 2018, the 4th ASEM Seminar on Urban Water Management (hereinafter referred as to the “Seminar”) is aimed at generating a fruitful dialogue among the countries of Europe and Asia in the field of integrated water management.
This year the Seminar is focused on integrated water management (from integrated urban water management through water security in the context of climate change to infrastructure development), reflecting upon the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the United Nations in September 2015. The SDGs among
others set milestones and call for action in relation to water management in cities via ensuring availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all (SDG 6), as well as making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable (SDG 11).
For more details, please download the Concept Note and Seminar Agenda under the "Documents" window.