UNESCO event marks one year until seventh World Hydropower Congress

21 May 2018

With exactly a year to go to the 2019 World Hydropower Congress, co-organisers the International Hydropower Association (IHA) and UNESCO’s International Hydrological Programme welcomed Ambassadors and delegations to a special briefing in Paris.

The briefing, which was attended by more than 60 representatives of governments and the hydropower sector, took place at the UNESCO headquarters on 14 May 2018. This venue will host the Congress next year between 14 and 16 May 2019.    

IHA Chief Executive Richard Taylor said: “Today hydropower delivers around 1,260 GW of renewable electricity, which is enough for more than a billion people, and most of that is being delivered in developing countries.

“The World Hydropower Congress brings together industry, government, finance, academia and civil society to set priorities for the future direction of the hydropower sector,” he added.

Mr Taylor was joined by speakers from Congress partner organisations EDF and GE Renewable Energy, as well as UNESCO, who provided insights on the role of hydropower in delivering on climate and development targets.

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

Up to 100 countries are expected to be represented at the Congress. Details on registration, the agenda and speakers will be announced in the coming months. To express your interest in participating or sponsoring the Congress, please contact

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