2019 Danube Water Conference

20 - 21 May 2019, Vienna, Austria

The 2019 Danube Water Conference on “Achieving resilience in water and wastewater utilities in the Danube Region” will be held on May 20-21 (with business meetings on May 22), 2019 in Vienna, Austria. The 2019 Danube Water Conference is organized by the Danube Water Program (IAWD and World Bank) with funding from the Austrian Government. The conference will bring together more than 150 senior water sector representatives from more than 15 countries to discuss the progress, challenges and the required future actions to achieve resilient water and sanitation services for all in the Danube region. It will look at how an efficient, well-performing and capacitated sector not only results in the delivery of good quality services but also in a sector that is inherently more resilient to future shocks. The conference will not only focus on the water and sanitation services side but (through some sessions) will also encourage participants to consider the wider water resources sector in their operations.

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Webinar "A modern utility, a diverse workforce: lessons from gender assessments in three utilities of the Danube region"

11 March, 2019, online

Beginning in 2017, the Danube Water Program and the World Bank Global Water Security and Sanitation Partnership collaborated with three pioneering utilities in the Danube region to take a closer look at gender equality in their workplace: Brasov Regional Water Utility in Romania (859 employees); the Prishtina Regional Water Utility in Kosovo (529 employees); and the Tirana Water Utility in Albania (1,181 employees). These utilities participated in a comprehensive gender assessment survey using the Economic Dividends for Gender Equality (EDGE) methodology, which provides an international benchmark for gender equality and allows companies to obtain a global certification (http://edge-cert.org). The results of the study were presented in the course of a webinar.

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