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The world’s most prestigious water award, Stockholm Water Prize, honours women, men and organizations whose work contributes to the conservation and protection of water resources, and to the well-being of the planet and its inhabitants. All who have made extraordinary water-related achievements are eligible.


The Stockholm Water Prize is an international water award presented annually since 1991 by the Stockholm Water Foundation. The prize has been established to honour outstanding achievements in the sustainable use and protection of the world’s water resources.

A prize ceremony and Royal Banquet is held at the Stockholm City Hall as part of the World Water Week. During the ceremony, the Laureate accepts the prize from the hands of His Majesty Carl XVI Gustaf, King of Sweden, official patron of the prize.

The Laureate receives global acknowledgement and visibility, a specially designed sculpture, and 1 million SEK. He or she also has the privilege of presenting a lecture during the Opening Plenary of the World Water Week.

Over the years, Stockholm Water Prize Laureates have represented a broad range of water-related activities, professions and scientific disciplines from all over the world.

The Stockholm Water Prize Committee carefully reviews all nominations and recommends a Laureate to the Board of the Stockholm International Water Institute, which makes the final decision. The Laureate is announced annually, usually in conjunction with UN World Water Day 22 March.

Stockholm Water Prize Founders (2019) are: Ålandsbanken, Bacardi, Poul Due Jensen Foundation, Ragn Sells, Water Environment Federation, Xylem Inc. 

Highlights from Stockholm Water Prize 2019 Award Ceremony





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