IWRA Sessions and Contributions at KIWW 2022! (23 Nov – 26 Nov)

The International Water Resources Association (IWRA) coordinated and contributed to sessions during the Korea International World Water Week (KIWW) in Daegu, Rep. of Korea, that took place from November 23rd to November 26th, 2022.

Find out more on all these sessions below.


Case Studies of Integrated Urban Water Management (IUWM) for Water Security | Thursday, 24th November 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM KST, Exco Exhibition Centre, #320A (3F)

  • The session drawed on the case studies to be published in the upcoming Global Water Security Issues (GWSI) report by UNESCO and UNESCO i-WSSM, produced with coordination assistance by IWRA. This report’s theme is Water Security and Cities – Integrated Urban Water Management (IUWM). The session included formal presentations in addition to opportunities for the audience to interact with the speakers during a panel discussion.

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Comparing Smart Water Cities: Key performance indicators and a certification for cities worldwide | Thursday, 24th November 13:00 PM – 14:00 PM KST, Exco Exhibition Centre, #321B

  • The concept of Smart Water City has become an optimistic aspiration to deal with the many water challenges that world cities face nowadays: drought, floods, inadequate infrastructure, etc. This session discussed the concept of Smart Water City and presented the categories and the Key performance indicators that can help us to examine and compare how “smart” cities are. The discussion aimed to provide feedback to the development of the Smart Water Cities Index and certification scheme in light of local experiences. 

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Nurturing Science-Policy-Practice Interface: A Paradigm Shift in Water Governance | Friday, 25th November 13:00 – 14:30 PM KST, Exco Exhibition Centre, #320B (3F)

  • Globally, water governance is recognized as a new emerging challenge, especially in developing countries. Growing demands on water from food production due to population growth, combined with the negative impacts of climate change, threaten sustainable water resources and food security into the future. Therefore, this session brought together scientists and policymakers to deliberate how SPPI can be enhanced for sustainable water governance. The session aligned with TIP core keywords viz. technology, implementation, and policy.

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Additionally, IWRA also coordinated a session at the World Water Cities Forum, which took place in Daegu, Korea, 24th-25th November, simultaneously with the KIWW at the same venue.

Find out more on the session below.

The Smart Water Cities Index and Certification scheme: helping cities to improve capacities and performance. | Thursday, 24th November 16:30 PM – 16:40 PM KST, Exco Exhibition Centre, Room #325.

  • The objective of the session was to present the Smart Water Cities project, which is undertaken by the International Water Resources Association in collaboration with the Korea Water Resources Corporation (K-water) and the Asia Water Council (AWC). The presentation also served to invite city officials and local water professionals to participate in the prospective call for pilot cities that IWRA will launch in 2023 to test the Smart Water Cities Index and Certification scheme in cities worldwide.

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For any questions, please send an email to: office@iwra.org

The Korea International Water Week (KIWW), the representative follow-up action of the 7th World Water Forum in 2015, is an annual gathering of the multi-stakeholders in the field of water to resolve the global water challenges.

This KIWW aims to encourage the participants to focus not only on designing concrete plans for implementation of water solutions but also putting those into in-depth discussion for a long-term follow-up action. Each program of the KIWW has produced meaningful outcomes for strengthening a partnership of water related multi-stakeholders, creating a shared vision of water aligning with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).