As world leaders, development professionals and water experts gather in Stockholm this week, water’s role for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals will be discussed.
The 2016 theme for World Water Week is water for sustainable growth. “As a global collective, we will not be able to end hunger, ensure good health, build sustainable cities and fight climate change, if we do not have reliable access to the most fundamental resource of all. Water, and wise water management, is central to development, to sustainable growth, and to the overarching goal of lifting people from poverty,”
A key objective of World Water Week is tracking water in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Each year at the Week, decision-makers will have the opportunity to take stock of water’s role in the implementation of the water-related SDGs and the Paris climate agreement, with the aim of ensuring water is part of the solutions moving forward.
At World Water Week, today’s complex water challenges will be addressed by some 3,000 participants from more than 120 countries, representing governments, the private sector, multilateral organizations, civil society and academia. Speakers at the opening session on August 29 include Margot Wallström, Minister for Foreign Affairs Sweden, Angel Gurría, Secretary-General OECD, Charafat Afailal, Minister of Energy, Mining, Water and Environment, Morocco, Stockholm Water Prize Laureate 2016 Professor Joan B. Rose, Michigan State University, USA, and Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson, President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, Vatican.
During World Water Week, two prizes are awarded, to recognize excellence in the water world.