Paris will be the location for the next World Hydropower Congress, the International Hydropower Association has announced, with the event to be held between 14 and 16 May 2019.

The biennial event  – which will be hosted in partnership with UNESCO’s International Hydrological Programme – will bring together leaders from business, industry, government, finance, UN agencies, academia and civil society organisations.

With the theme of ‘The Power of Water for a Sustainable World’, the Congress will focus on hydropower’s role in delivering on the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals.

 “Two years ago, world leaders in Paris made the historic commitment to limit global warming,” commented Richard Taylor, IHA Chief Executive. “We expect the hydropower community to bring the same resolve to realising the ambition of the Paris Agreement and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.”

Building on the 2017 World Hydropower Congress, which was hosted at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, up to 100 countries are expected to be represented at the Congress in 2019.