SIWI sessions at World Water Week

Aug 26, 2019

It’s that time of the year again. On Sunday 25 August World Water Week opens for the 29th consecutive year. In addition to curating the content of others, SIWI also hosts a number of sessions during the Week. Here is a sample of what’s on offer.

Trendspotting with SIWI experts. Under the headline Water trends in a polarized world – leaving no one behind SIWI’s Executive Director Torgny Holmgren is joined by Dr Jenny Grönwall (SIWI Advisor Water Policy & Rights), Dr Alejandro Jiménez (SIWI Programme Director Water Governance), Dr   Martina Klimes (Advisor Water & Peace) and Katarina Veem (SIWI Director Swedish Water House) in a discussion about interesting water trends, followed by a mingle. Sunday at 18.

What does an inclusive city look like? To find out, don’t miss the session Inclusive and sustainable cities: creative solutions to new challenges hosted by Swedish Water House on Sunday at 9.

If forests are more your thing, you’re welcome to an event on Tuesday at 9, co-hosted by SIWI, The Forest-Water Nexus: bringing people and landscapes together.

Another interesting question to be answered in a Swedish Water House seminar will be Is asparagus to blame? A supply-chain review. SIWI has also joined forces with UNDP and pharmaceutical production companies Centrient Pharmaceuticals, Glaxo Smith Kline and Recipharm to encourage manufacturing practices that reduce the risk of antibiotic resistance, which will be presented on Tuesday at 16 in Reducing Emissions from Antibiotics production: supply and demand side collaboration.

This house supports water tariffs that leave no one behind is the name of a showcase on Sunday at 14, presenting the Enugu Urban Water Supply Project in Nigeria, with SIWI’s Africa Regional Centre among the organizers. The Africa Regional Centre also offers a master class in new approaches to financing water infrastructure and is co-organizer of a seminar entitled  From success to scale: improving rainfed agriculture in Africa on Sunday at 14.

How we can we achieve  Transformational impact through behavioural change? That topic will be explored on Thursday at 11 by experts from SIWI, Rare and other organizations.

Climate security is addressed on Wednesday morning by the Stockholm Climate Security Hub, to which SIWI belongs. Later the same day the conversation will continue at the High-Level Panel on Water Diplomacy: Leaving no one behind.

SIWI’s Water and Faith cluster group is among the organizers of a showcase on Thursday at 14, Water and Faith: Mobilizing local faith actors to achieve SDG 6.

Another exciting event on Thursday will take place at 16, when SIWI’s Gender Equality Focal Point Kanika Thakar interviews three Stockholm Water Prize laureates: Dr Jackie King, 2019 Stockholm Water Prize Laureate; Prof. Joan Rose, 2016 Stockholm Water Prize Laureate and Dr Sunita Narain, 2005 Stockholm Water Prize Laureate. This Sofa, with the title Dialogue with SWP Laureates: Paving the way for gender equality will be livestreamed, as will all other interviews in the Sofas series.

Water governance is always a hot topic, this year with many sessions exploring how it can be more inclusive. On Monday at 16, you can hear Experiences from Indigenous peoples’ networks in water management and on Thursday the UNDP-SIWI Water Governance Facility is among the organizers of Water governance with and for all: Is it working?. There is also a range of seminars on pollution, such as Preventing plastics in our waters: more than banning straws on Tuesday. On that same day, SIWI also brings together a very special High-Level Panel on Bringing Together Oceans and Freshwater with prominent speakers. An overview of SIWI-hosted activities related to water governance can be found here.

And that’s not all… for the complete picture, check out the World Water Week programme.

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