Actively embracing water innovations

According to the United Nations, 2.4 billion people do not have access to adequate sanitation and nearly 700 million people do not have access to safe drinking water. Water scarcity actually affects more than 40% of the world population, and 80% of our wastewater goes into waterways without adequate treatment.

Unsurprisingly, the United Nations report confirms that the world is not on track to reach the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) related to clean water and sanitation. And yet, market-ready technologies are available to support the achievement of water-related SDGs. But to reach these SDGs by 2030, policymakers, industry captains and representatives of the civil society need to actively embrace these water innovations and accelerate their wide-scale deployment.

Water innovations at the G-STIC conference

A first selection of market-ready integrated technological solutions

During the conference, we will review and discuss a first selection of market-ready integrated technological solutions that can lead to a major impact on the achievement of the water-related SDGs. This will be done in close interaction with the audience, panel members and keynote speakers. The identified solutions tackle multiple sustainable development challenges across disciplines and sectors and take the environmental, social and economic dimensions of these challenges into account.


Technologies and innovations reducing pollution and improving people’s health, focusing on using wastewater as a resource to produce clean water, renewable energy and fertilisers while reducing greenhouse gases (GHG emissions).

Water resources

Technologies and innovations powered by ‘nature-based solutions’ to improve water supplies, reduce flood risks and use green infrastructure replacing or complementing grey infrastructure.

Water efficiency

Technologies and innovations powered by ‘smart water solutions’ to increase water efficiency in urban water service management and improve water resources management.

Safe water supply

Technologies and innovations using decentralised solutions for safe water supply, water desalination, and cloud harvesting.

Bring your perspective to the discussions

Join the semi-plenary session – November 21, 9:30 – 11:15

The semi-plenary session on November 21 will identify and select clusters of market-ready integrated technological solutions to tackle the ‘Water for all’ societal challenge. During this semi-plenary session, keynote speakers will elaborate on how the transition in water management can take place to deliver on the SDGs. Panel and audience members will give their views and opinions during the subsequent panel discussion.

Keynote speakers

Panel discussion

 Vangelis Constantianos

Vangelis Constantianos

Global Water Partnership

Executive Secretary

 Nahason Muguna

Nahason Muguna

Nairobi City Water & Sewerage Co. Ltd.

Ag. Managing Director

 Maria Neira (TBC)

Maria Neira (TBC)

World Health Organisation

Director Public Health

 Ali Subah

Ali Subah

Ministry of Water and Irrigation

Secretary General

Expand your knowledge on crucial transition processes

Participate in the deep dives – November 21 & 22

All deep dives will focus on one specific cluster of technological solutions, and discuss the key policy recommendations and actions that are needed to deploy these technological solutions at scale under different socio-economic conditions worldwide.

Water and climate-resilient infrastructure

November 21, 15:30 – 16:50


November 21, 17:00 – 18:20

Smart water

November 22, 10:30 – 12:00

A library of breakthrough transformative technologies

The process supported by the semi-plenary session and the deep dives is to deliver a living library of breakthrough transformative technologies to tackle the ‘Water for all’ societal challenge and achieve the water-related SDGs, illustrated with best practices and inspiring examples. This library is indispensable for policymakers developing Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) roadmaps for the SDGs, while captains of industry can use this library for exploring new business opportunities.

Impact on the Sustainable Development Goals

Addressing societal challenges far beyond water

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Register now for G-STIC

  • Access to all plenary & parallel conference sessions
  • Access to all regular conference workshops
  • Lunches, beverages, welcome drink and closing reception