Technologies, Financing and Partnerships to upscale resource recovery from wastewater to deliver on the SDGs

Focus of thematic cluster

G-STIC 2017 successfully highlighted the range of technologies that are available to accelerate wastewater & resource recovery as well as smart water management. With both large-scale centralised systems and small-scale decentralised systems, wastewater is increasingly used as a source of clean water, energy, fertilizer and other materials for agriculture, industrial or domestic use. Likewise, ICT innovations have driven a more efficient and alternative use of water resources as well as the creation of new water-related services.

Review of the SDG6 (clean water and sanitation) implementation, however, has revealed the need for a major technology transition if the ambitious SDG goals related to water are to be reached. A major bottleneck to the achievement of the water-related SDGs is the lack of financing and investments in innovation. Even if the rapid development of water-related science and technology will have a profound impact on the delivery of the SDGs, innovation is only taking place at a snail’s pace.

During G-STIC 2018, the focus will be on creating the enable environment to accelerate science-based, technological innovations in water management with a focus on:

  • Wastewater and Resources Recovery: The frontiers of technology and practices
  • New business models for and investments in wastewater - resource recovery solutions
  • Water Partnerships and Stewardship: Multi-actor approaches catalysing water management transitions

Throughout the discussions, emphasis will be placed on how new scientific insights and foresights, advances in the latest technologies and leading-edge innovations are driving investments in water solutions and mobilising stakeholders for collective action. Discussions will also review the need for updating policies.


Programme outline

The High-level Dialogue on Policy Actions on Wednesday November 28 (15:15 - 16:45) will reflect on the G-STIC 2017 conclusions. Looking into the challenges and the paradigm shift that is needed to catalyse innovation in water management, it will enable interaction with the conference audience. 

On Thursday November 29, individual thematic sessions will focus on

  • Wastewater and Resources Recovery: The frontiers of technology and practices 
  • New business models and investments in wastewater - resource recovery 
  • Water Partnerships and Stewardship: Multi-actor approaches catalysing water management transitions
  • Recommendations for policy and decision makers on accelerating in innovation in water, wastewater management and resource recovery 

Potential impact on SDGs

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Since water is at the core of sustainable development, the rapid growth of water-related science and technology is bound to have a profound impact on society.  The availability of the right quantity and quality of water is not just essential for delivering SDG 6 (clean water and sanitation) but is crucial for many of the other SDGs as well.

For example, SDG 2 (zero hunger) depends on the availability of water for production and fishing. SDG 14 (stop and reverse the decline of water quality and the destruction of freshwater ecosystems) and SDG 9 (promote inclusive and sustainable industrialisation) will only be delivered if adequate supplies of water of good quality are available.   

Wise management of water resources and services will not only bring benefits for public health and environmental quality. It can also be a real driver of socio-economic development and political stability. Emerging science and technology is creating an opportunity for developed countries and nations in transition to accelerate their transformation to sustainable water resources and services management.

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