Greetings from the 5th Busan Global Water Forum
It is a great pleasure to invite citizens, businesses and experts to the 5th Busan Global Water Forum, hosted by Busan Metropolitan City and jointly organized by the Water and Future City Institute (WCI), Busan Water Authority, and the International Water Association (IWA).
The Busan Global Water Forum has been held annually since 2013, co-sponsored by IWA and as a follow-up to the 2012 IWA World Water Congress Busan. The last four forums have contributed to the establishment of a network between policy makers, academics and technical experts for the Asian water industry development. They have also provided sustainable solutions to Asia's water problems, which is undergoing rapid urbanization. The 4th forum last year was held together with International Academic Conference and encouraged diverse discussions and broad participation of experts. In doing so, it has become a truly global forum.
The Busan Global Water Forum, which celebrates its fifth anniversary this year, will be held from September 6 to September 7, 2017 under the theme of "Towards Water-Wise Cities of the Future". “Water-Wise City” refers to a city that has implemented comprehensive water management governance to create a sustainable future city and addresses water security, threatened by climate change, population growth and urbanization. The frameworks of Water-Wise City, specific implementation strategies and related technologies will be discussed at the forum.
On the first day of this year's forum, world-renowned scholars, experts from international organizations such as IWA, domestic water agencies and companies will gather to discuss the concept of Water-Wise City. On the second day, there will be an international conference on new harmful substances, entitled “Assessment and Control of Emerging Micropollutants in Water: Asian Experiences” and a symposium entitled "Advanced Technologies for Water Treatment" organized by Busan Water Authority.
The 5th Busan Global Water Forum will be held in Busan, a city surrounded by the East Sea and the South Sea and located in the mouth of the Nakdong River, the lifeline of the Republic of Korea. It is expected to lay the groundwork for the construction of the future Water-Wise Cities through two days of intensive discussion and exchange. I hope all participants enjoy the feast of knowledge and technology of water.
President of the Water and Future City Institute