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The 2017 World Hydropower Congress will take place at the UN Conference Centre in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on 9-11 May

Addis Ababa is often referred to as ‘the political capital of Africa’, because it is home of the African Union and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, the latter being the main venue of the 2017 World Hydropower Congress.

The UN Conference Centre

United Nations Conference Centre

Africa Hall, the permanent home of the United Nations Conference Centre (UNECA), was built by Emperor Haile Selassie in 1961. A large extension was later added to the compound creating an outdoor area that mirrors the internal space, a feature which has become the compound's most recognisable characteristic. A stained glass triptych by one of Ethiopia's most celebrated artists, Afewerk Tekle, hangs in one of the two main conference rooms. Entitled Total Liberation of Africa​, it depicts the African nations uniting to tackle poverty and disease.


UN(ECA) Conference Centre
Menelik II Ave
Addis Ababa

Evening events:

The welcome dinner and closing dinner will take place in various hotels and restaurants in Addis Ababa, not far from the main Congress venues. These will be confirmed shortly.