Press Release.Aug 23, 2018

H.R.H Crown Princess Victoria visits SIWI ahead of World Water Week

Stockholm (23 August 2018) – On Thursday 23 August, H.R.H. Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden paid a visit to SIWI to learn more about current water challenges. The visit was organized in the lead-up to World Water Week, starting this Sunday, where the Crown Princess will play an important role. 

Ahead of World Water Week, the leading annual event on global water issues, the Crown Princess Victoria visited SIWI’s headquarters in Stockholm on Thursday to learn more about current water-related trends from around the globe. She was welcomed by Peter Forssman, Chair of the Board of SIWI, together with the organization’s Executive Director Torgny Holmgren. 

Crown Princess Victoria is dedicated to water issues and has been a keynote speaker at World Water Week as UN Advocate for the Sustainable Development Goals. Furthermore, she is the Patron of the Stockholm Junior Water Prize, which is awarded every year during World Water Week. This year, she will also present Stockholm Water Prize on behalf of the Patron of the Prize, H.M. King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden. 

“We really appreciate the Royal Family’s commitment to water issues and the strong collaboration that have continued to deepen over the years. Today’s meeting was very interesting and fruitful,” said SIWI’s Executive Director, Torgny Holmgren.  

Experts from SIWI engaged with the Crown Princess on current water issues, including the consequences of climate change; how to increase access to safe drinking water; how water diplomacy can foster peace, and the link between freshwater and oceans. In addition, the Crown Princess had a chance to learn more about how the Swedish business’ works with water in sectors like textiles, pharmaceuticals, food and beverages. 

Gabriela Suhoschi, Director World Water Week & Prizes, informed about the coming World Water Week and Jens Berggren, Director Communications, introduced the important work done by the Stockholm Water Prize laureates, bio-tech pioneers Mark van Loosdrecht and Bruce Rittmann, who have revolutionized wastewater treatment. 

Crown Princess Victoria has received much praise for her dedication to development and environment issues. Not least in her capacity as one of the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals Advocates, she has often addressed the importance of sustainable water management. 

About SIWI: SIWI is an international water institute, working to solve global water challenges by improving how water is used and managed. By combining its expertise with its unique convening power, SIWI influences decision-makers, facilitates dialogue and builds knowledge on water issues, contributing to a just, prosperous and sustainable future for all.  

SIWI organizes World Water Week and awards the Stockholm Water Prize and Stockholm Junior Water Prize.  

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 About World Water Week: World Water Week is the leading annual meeting for global water and development issues, organized by Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI). The Week brings together more than 3,500 participants from more than 130 countries representing actors from governments, private sector, multilateral organizations, civil society and academia to shape joint solutions to global water challenges. 

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