WES Hub-ADB Partnership Conference

On the occasion of the Japan Sewage Works Exhibition – the largest event organized in this field annually in Japan – was held the WES Hub-ADB Partnership Conference on 1 August 2013 at Tokyo Big Sight. This one-day conference organized by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism of Japan (MLIT) and supported by JSC gathered two key urban development specialists from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and representatives of the Water and Environment Solution Hub (WES Hub).

The WES Hub is a network of cities that developed practical experience in wastewater/sludge management, overcoming severe environmental pollution (as it occurred in Japan in the 1960s) through a drastic increase of sewerage coverage over a relatively short period of time and a global access to sanitation. Since this year, three new members – two cities: Saitama and Kawasaki; and a key organization for sewerage in Japan: the Japan Sewage Works Agency (JS) – have joined the existing six member cities: Tokyo, Yokohama, Osaka, Kobe, Kitakyushu and Fukuoka.

The presentations of each side’s activities and services, and following debates enabled a fruitful exchange of information and helped identifying opportunities for potential future collaboration. The conference particularly focused on what the cities and JS can concretely bring to counterpart cities in developing countries and how this contribution could be used in ADB programs and activities.

Below: Opening of the
WES Hub-ADB Partnership Conference

  • Program of the conference

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