Cities & Water Conference
25 October 2016, Bratislava
Primatial Palace / Primaciálne námestie 1 / Bratislava / Slovakia
9:00 – 17:00
Organiser: Mayor of Bratislava
Under the auspices of UNESCO, SK PRES and Ministry of Environment of the Slovak Republic
The advancement of urbanisation in Europe predetermines the need for a fast response in order to maintain a good quality of life for European citizens. Water is essential in supporting the existence of life and vital for providing good health, prosperity and economic development. With more than two thirds of Europeans living in urbanized areas, cities have a leading role in pushing water higher in the political agenda along with the themes of energy efficiency of the Covenant of Mayors and climate change adaptation of the Mayors Adapt.
Bratislava is taking over the lead from Dutch city of Leeuwarden in organising the second Cities & Water conference during the period of the Slovak Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The aim of the conference is to address topics such as water security, access to water resources and overcoming challenges related to water and urban development, sharing examples of good practice and innovation, and to emphasise the importance of water not just as an economic good, but rather as a public commodity essential for human health. We believe the conference will serve as a platform for increasing political engagement and focus on Mayors as key actors in securing sustainable and innovative approaches to water management, which positively contribute to many aspects of urban development.
With this event we would also like to raise awareness of the Urban Water Agenda 2030, which should serve as a political commitment for cities to declare support for fair distribution of water and access to safe drinking water, exchange of information and good practices in water management between European cities.
The conference is hosted by the City of Bratislava, organised with support of the European Commission and the Ministry of Environment of the Slovak Republic, under the auspices of Slovak Presidency of the Council of the European Union and UNESCO.