Welcome to the media room

Water security is considered one of the most significant threats to human wellbeing, economic stability and environmental sustainability. The significant water challenges being faced around the world have made sustainable water management a priority for global leaders.

The IWA Water and Development Congress and Exhibition is an agenda-setting meeting of water professionals, both water industry insiders and thought leaders from outside the sector, that addresses global development water challenges. Keynote speakers are the top specialists in their field, they will frame the critical debates facing the water sector; workshops, technical sessions and business forums will showcase the latest science and best practices delivering solutions to the water crisis.

Online Media Accreditation

Media accreditation is now open – please apply in advance by sending a scan of your press pass or letter from your editor to ulrike.kelm@iwahq.org.

All registered media will receive a confirmation e-mail.

To be eligible for media registration a valid press ID, link(s) or evidence of recent, published material is required. See full media accreditation guidelines.

Media passes for the IWA Water and Development Congress & Exhibition will be available for collection from 1 to 5 of December 2019,  at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH) located at the Bauddhaloka Mawatha, Colombo 07, Sri Lanka.

When collecting your media pass for the conference you will be required to present the following supporting documents:

  • The letter of confirmation issued by the conference organisers;
  • An official national press card; OR
  • Photo ID and an official letter signed by their publisher, editor or news director stating your role at the IWA Water and Development Congress & Exhibition;

Unsigned letters will not be accepted. Freelance media are required to provide an indication of the news organisation or publication engaging their services.
Applicants who submitted their applications for media accreditation prior to the deadline will be notified on their application status within ten working days of submission.


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Videos from previous editions of the IWA Water and Development Congress and Exhibition are available on Vimeo and Youtube. Videos from IWA Water and Development Congress & Exhibition 2019, in Colombo, Sri Lanka (1-5 December 2019), will be available on both platforms as soon as the Congress takes place.

The videos from the IWA Water and Development Congress & Exhibition can be embedded and shared across other platforms.


Photos from the IWA Water and Development Congress & Exhibition are available on our Flickr page, here you can find photos from previous editions of this event.

All photos can be downloaded free of charge and without restriction, for non-commercial, editorial use – you must share them with credit to the photographers. Photos cover high level panels, seminars, workshops, award ceremonies, and social events, as well as general water images.

2017 IWA Water and Development Congress & Exhibition

2015 IWA Development Congress & Exhibition

How to credit

Photographs may be downloaded and shared for editorial use with credit given to the International Water Association (IWA) and to the photographer.

Media Contacts

Rui Veras
Marketing & Communications Director (Interim)
Mob. +31 6 29 05 55 22

Ulrike Kelm
Communications Manager
Mob. +31 6 1590 31551

Practical Information

Services On Site

A fully staffed press room is available for use by accredited journalists. Here, you can receive assistance with interview requests, work in a quiet environment and obtain information on scheduled press events.

Remote Services

Our on-site communications team is happy to facilitate Skype, TV and Radio interviews with key experts at the IWA Water and Development Congress. All press releases and news coming out of the week will be published on this page.

Online Campaigns

Check our online campaigns about the congress. Highlighting the different component of the Congress & Exhibition to our network. If you are looking for a specific issue please visit this page to get an overview of the themes that will be discussed during the week.

Social Media

The IWA Water and Development Congress & Exhibition has a number of social media channels through which you can connect to help stay abreast of events, updates and virtual discussions on the topics you cover. Connect now to uncover stories and find potential interviewees.
Follow @iwahq on Twitter to receive updates in advance and during the week.
Or connect with the IWA on Facebook or LinkedIn . Tweet using #DevelopmentCongress

Media Partners

Main Media Partner

For information about becoming a media partner of the IWA Water and Development Congress & Exhibition 2019, please email marta.jimenez@iwahq.org