Without water, life cannot be sustained, and factors such as population growth, increased urbanization, and climate change all contribute to a lack of freshwater resources. A particularly acute challenge for arid and semi-arid regions, water scarcity can impact all aspects of sustainable development.
The Conference is held under the co-patronage of HE Suhail Al Mazrouei, Minister of Energy and Infrastructure, UAE, and the Hon David Speirs, Minster of Environment and Water, Government of South Australia.
Minister of Energy and Infrastructure, UAE
“The lack of freshwater resources in arid and semi-arid regions around the globe constitutes the major deterrent towards achieving sustainable development. Water is the most limiting and strategically important resource in such areas including the United Arab Emirates. The future and prosperity of nations is largely dependent on water availability and sustainability. Therefore, the organization of this conference during Expo 2020. Dubai- could have not been more appropriate. The United Arab Emirates has always been addressing imminent issues of global concerns. Through this conference, we seek innovative solutions to ensure water availability for the future generations. This event will foster the global collaboration on water issues”.
South Australia’s Minster of Environment and Water
“Australia and South Australia’s future economic prosperity, sustainable environment and productive communities rely heavily on the availability and use of water. Australia’s water sector and businesses are an essential partner for governments in working towards a positive future for water and South Australia is a global leader in many aspects of water – essentially by necessity. I am immensely excited at the prospect of our State jointly leading this conference at the EXPO 2020 in Dubai and am sure that it will set the stage for a new chapter of water collaboration between UAE and Australia, and the world over the coming years”.
Chancellor of the United Arab Emirates University
“The organization of this important conference reflects the vision of the leaders of the country to develop and preserve the natural resources. UAE University is committed to address and resolve water scarcity issues. The target is to maximize the efficiency of the use of the resources and minimize the losses; specifically in the agriculture sector where the water is consumed most. We also seek to develop new technologies for water desalination, treatment and recycling”.