The 21st World Water Week will be held from 28 August to 2 September 2016 in Stockholm, organized by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI). This year’s World Water Week will address sustainable growth through the lens of inclusiveness, equity and shared benefits.
Sustainable growth depends on water security attained through wise water resources management. Water underpins development and growth, and is deeply embedded in most economic activities. However population increase, urbanization, industrial activities, along with changing consumption patterns is putting considerable pressure on the availability and quality of water resources. Many parts of the world are facing increased water stress and a simultaneous increase in the freshwater demand.
Ensuring sustainable growth will demand a shift in how we plan, invest, produce and consume. Countries need to align their growth trajectories to include sustainable water resources allocation, internalizing social and environmental costs in the economic growth models. New policies and progressive approaches, for example a focus on green jobs and on a circular economy are required.
The World Water Week will provide the opportunity to promote progress in strengthening transboundary water cooperation achieved under the umbrella of the Water Convention, including in some of the work programme areas such as the water-energy-food-ecosystems nexus and climate change adaptation in transboundary basins.
The Water Convention will contribute to/ be presented in the following events:
|Event||Date and time||Flyer|
|Equitable access to water and sanitation: attaining sustainable growth and development for all||Sunday, 28 August (11:00-12:30 p.m.)|
|Water security in a changing world: coping with threats||
Sunday, 28 August (11:00-12:30 p.m.)
|Operationalizing the Water-Energy-Food Nexus||Sunday, 28 August (11:00-12:30 p.m.)|
|The surprising benefits of transboundary cooperation||Sunday, 28 August (2:00-3:30 p.m.)|
|Investing in infrastructure to shape sustainable growth in Africa||
Tuesday, 30 August (2:00-3:30 p.m.)
|Wednesday, 30 August, (9:00-10:30 a.m.)|
||Thursday, 1 September (9:00-10:30 a.m.)|