The first edition of the Global Water, Energy and Climate Change Congress (GWECCC), scheduled to be hosted by the Kingdom of Bahrain, will offer a global platform to discuss challenges, opportunities and technology for the sustainability of the water and energy value chain.
It will aim to promote sustainable development, integrated management, and regional and international strategy-related programs to maintain and flourish resources.
Under the theme, 'Water Sustainability and Energy Transition: Implications on CC & the World', the event will take place from September 5-7 at The Gulf Hotel Bahrain and will be held under the patronage of Shaikh Khalid bin Abdullah Al Khalifa, Deputy Prime Minister.
The event will showcase advanced technologies and innovations, and bring together global leaders, experts, and policymakers to exchange experiences, best practices, and explore opportunities to support and sustain water resources and mitigate scarcity and preservation concerns.
The conference is set to discuss a number of pressing topics related to enabling policies for sustainable management of water and energy in climate change, investing for water and energy sustainability, the energy trilemma on affordability, security and sustainability, emerging technologies and solutions for water and energy sustainability, and the role of community in water and energy security.
The conference will also include a number of accompanying events, such as the Technology and Youth Forums, and a Technology Exhibition with participants from a number of specialised companies to showcase the state-of the-art technologies and best practices.
In addition to Bahrain's Ministry of Oil and Environment, the congress has the support of the Water Resources Council, ICONEX Global and a number of Local, Regional and international organisations such as Aramco, Bapco Energies, Kuwait National Petroleum Company, Petroleum Development Oman and University of Bahrain, Acwa Power, Aluminum Bahrain, Enowa.Nwom, the Labor Fund (Tamkeen), Saudi Water Partnership Company etc., with the aim of providing a means for the GCC countries, Asia and the Middle East to exchange good practices and lessons learned from the development of water and energy resources, ensure their proper utilisation and focus on the interrelationship between water, energy and climate change.
Dr Mohamed bin Mubarak Bin Daina, Minister of Oil and Environment, Special Envoy for Climate Affairs, presided over the Congress Advisory Committee meeting, and said: "This congress is a great opportunity for senior officials from various industrial and environmental fields to discuss challenges and opportunities and learn from global best practices and advanced technologies in the field of water and energy."
The meeting was attended by officials from the Ministries of Municipalities Affairs and Agriculture, Works, Electricity and Water Affairs, and a number of senior officials from GCC companies, academia and government
Dr Mohamed hailed the ongoing cooperation between the GCC countries in organising such specialised events, which are considered a kick-off for the coming important events, alongside other significant events on the environment, such as Mena Climate Week (MENACW) to be held in October in Riyadh, and COP28, scheduled for November in Dubai.