Picture: World Water Week in Stockholm (2011)
World Water Week in Stockholm is forging watertight solutions for and urbanizing world, says Anders Berntell, Executive Director, Stockholm International Water Institute.
For more than two decades, the water and development community has made the Swedish Capital their meeting place for a week to build partnerships for multi-disciplinary and multi-sector action and dissemination as well as to share diverse lessons, knowledge, experience and fascination with water.
Year 2011, the event in Stockholm continued collectively to chart the best path forward to bring wiser water management to the urbanizing world and its citizens.
- Exploring the interconnected problems of water, society, environment and economic vitality, building capacity and charting action toward solutions.
- Fostering proactive partnerships and alliances between individuals and organizations from different fields of expertise.
- Highlighting ground-breaking research, best practices and innovative policy work by stakeholders and experts around the world and from multiple disciplines.
- Reviewing the implementation of actions, commitments and decisions in International processes and by different stakeholders in response to the challenges.
- Awarding outstanding achievements and outstanding individuals.
Seminars provided opportunities for organizations to arrange sessions and events. World Water Week has been the annual focal point for the globe’s water issues since 1991. Example of themes within the current niche are:
- 2009: Accessing water for the common good
- 2010: The water quality challenge
- 2011: Water in the urbanizing world
- 2012: Water and the global food security
Topics to fit with the overall theme of the week, address other issues, for example emerging challenges, or follow-up on ongoing processes. Examples of topics that were addressed in Stockholm 2011:
- Climate change
- Sanitation and health
- Freshwater ecosystems
- Water supply and services
- UN-Water and World Water Day
- Private sector and corporate water risks
- Water resource management
- Trans-boundary waters
- Green economy