News.Aug 15, 2022

SIWI at World Water Week

For 30 years, SIWI has organized World Water Week. Today it is the world’s most influential movement focused on transforming global water challenges. This years’ theme Seeing the Unseen: The Value of Water will see different perspectives and approaches to water management being discussed such as groundwater, virtual water and water investment.

SIWI’s experts will share their knowledge, as well lessons learned from our projects and programmes throughout the Week. SIWI is involved in more than 20 sessions this year, covering the themes of:

  • Gender
  • Water diplomacy
  • Private sector engagement
  • Policy
  • Cities
  • Climate

Online sessions

Governing groundwater: Achieving the SDGs through accelerating inclusion and participation

Tuesday 23 August 13:00-14:20

Governing groundwater is complex. Achieving equitable and sustainable development, in the context of climate change and the multitude of competing needs, requires participatory, inclusive governance approaches. This session is part of a series linking to the Groundwater Summit and will provide critical input for the UN 2023 Water Conference.

Resilient and sustainable WASH services in schools

Tuesday 23 August 15:30-16:50

This session presents different tools to better understand how to include and evaluate sustainable and resilient WASH services in schools from different perspectives. We will explore planning, monitoring, and capacity building.

Green Climate Financing Opportunities for Resilient Water Sanitation and Hygiene

Tuesday 23 August 15:30-16:50

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) services are key to building a water secure world. This session provides updates on the development of GCF Water Guidelines and articulates the rationale to increase climate financing to basic WASH services to maximize opportunities for mitigation while ensuring adaptation.

Cooperation Opportunities for Improved Integration Across SDG6 

Wednesday 24 August 10:00-11:20

The world’s water crisis is growing. The challenge demands cooperation on integrated solutions to the way we value water, yet “silo” based approaches persist. This session explores how water resources management (WRM) and WASH actors can cooperate to better value water linked to water and sanitation services.

Water – a source of peace in conflicts

Wednesday 24 August 10:00-11:20

This session showcases cross-disciplinary research on the water, peace, and conflict nexus. How is water protected during warfare? When can water scarcity lead to increased cooperation? What are the implications of water infrastructure such as dams on peace and human security?

Strengthening service delivery models for universal and sustainable WASH services

Wednesday 24 August 11:30-12:50

A variety of service delivery models are typically in place to promote access to WASH. However, only a few models can reach everyone, and many face problems in providing adequate levels of service continuity. This session will share inspiring examples on how these systemic challenges can be addressed.

Best practices in WASH regulation in rural areas

Wednesday 24 August 18:30-19:50

This session will cover the latest thinking on WASH regulation in rural areas, focused on how to promote the expansion of services, set tariffs, monitor the quality of services, and open up for user participation, among other challenges, with experiences from Bolivia, Colombia, Nicaragua and Peru

Managing urban rivers –reinventing the river city connect 

Thursday 25 August 13:00-14:20

Cities receive and return water to rivers, but often rivers are neglected within urban water management space that has traditionally been limited to single-sector approach. There is a need to reduce this scaler mismatch and re-imagine the connect between cities and rivers to promote sustainable management of urban water systems.

Valuing water to address scarcity and build resilience in MENA

Thursday 25 August 15.30 – 16.50

Water scarcity is compounded by the undervaluing of water in MENA region, which has some of the biggest subsidies and lowest tariffs for water globally. This session will look at how WASH actors and other sectors can cooperate to better value water to address water scarcity and build climate resilience

Governing Groundwater: The Why and How

Thursday 25 August 15.30 – 16.50

The potential and needs of accelerating groundwater development in Sub-Saharan Africa are large; equally large are the challenges to govern the resource sustainably. This session provides new insights on the economic benefits of growing groundwater development and discusses entry points for better managing groundwater resources.

Integrating risks in the WASH sector 

Thursday 25 August 17:00-18:20

Until recently, WASH and risk mitigation debates had little interaction. However, the impact and relevance of risk as climate, conflicts, migration in WASH service provision are gaining recognition. This session presents cases studies on how LAC countries have included WASH aspects in their climate and risk-resilience policies and action plans

On-site sessions (Broadcast)

Governing the values and benefits of water 

Monday 29 August 11:00-12:30 | Room: 353

The session gathers key investors, water decision-makers and practitioners for an interactive and inclusive debate and learning session on the role of water governance for fair and inclusive options for water valuation and security. It takes a forward-looking approach to prepare for a new generation of future water governance leaders.

How can the private sector finance wastewater treatment in Africa? 

Monday 29 August 11:00-12:30 | Room: 461

Wastewater treatment is key to environmental and health protection and finance is available, yet less than 30% of the domestic wastewaters are treated in Sub-Saharan Africa. Considering the public-private-partnership –PPP- route to build or remodel treatment facilities may provide the much-needed innovation, long-term results and sustainability

A Rising Tide: Shared Vision for Women In Water Diplomacy

Tuesday 30 August 11:00-12:30 | Room: 451

The Women in Water Diplomacy Network aims to support women’s leadership in high-level decision-making in transboundary basins. In this session participants are invited to support the Network’s new ‘Nile and Beyond’ strategy and shared vision and endorse the Network’s global call to action ‘A Rising Tide’ and take shared action to urgently improve gender equality in decision making in transboundary water governance.

Harnessing Global Development Agendas on the Road to 2023

Tuesday 30 August 14:00-15:30 | Room: Auditorium

This High-Level Panel (HLP) discusses how we can harness the collective momentum behind various global agendas to ensure that the United Nations 2023 Water Conference is a true watershed moment and exemplifies an all-hands-on-deck effort from the global community of leaders and practitioners.

Transforming Investments in African Rainfed Agriculture for the Zambezi Watercourse

Wednesday 31 August 11:00-12:30 | Room: 353

The session aims to facilitate the mobilization of finance from public and private sources for activities that support rural communities along the Zambezi Watercourse by enhancing rainfed agriculture, increasing food security, improving climate resilience/water and land management, and creating jobs and sustainable livelihoods whilst contributing to growth and development.

Pathways to sustainable water management in Ethiopia 

Wednesday 31 August 11:00-11:30

Join us in a conversation about one of the most urgent challenges in Ethiopia. We will during this interview session hear from some of the most weathered water management experts, senior leadership from the Ethiopian government and international partners on how we jointly can improve water management in the country.

Strategic dialogue: Agenda2030 – Connecting dots from source to sea 

Wednesday 31 August 14:00-15:30 | Room: Pillar Hall

Humanity is facing a climate crisis, a sixth mass extinction and the task of improving the lives and prospects of everyone, everywhere. This session aims to highlight how source-to-sea management is needed to meet and overcome these challenges, and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

Empowering the Next Generation of Women Closing the Gender Gap

Wednesday 31 August 16:00-17:30 | Room: Pillar Hall

How can we support girls to bridge the gap from studying STEM to building a career in the water tech industry? Welcome to an interactive session with a diverse panel who are eager to share their experiences working in water technology and offer insights for what it takes for women to succeed in the field.

From words to action: Financing from source to sea 

Wednesday 31 August 17:00-17:30

Coordinated governance and holistic approaches for addressing development challenges are increasingly called for across global processes. Moving into action requires financial instruments that incorporate source-to-sea thinking in project design, evaluation and implementation and incentivize investments in source-to-sea actions that benefit the system as a whole.

Unpacking Freshwater’s Role in Climate Change Mitigation

Thursday 01 September 12:00-12:30

Mitigation cannot succeed without water: The session explores the key role of freshwater for mitigation action across sectors and biomes like energy, terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems and WASH and discusses why a dual focus on water-related adaptation and mitigation measures as complementary strategies are a winning proposition for climate action.

SIWI Seminars

Each year, the theme of World Water Week is explored in a series of seminars organized by World Water Week’s Scientific Programme Committee with leading water experts from all over the world, including SIWI colleagues. This year, SIWI has contributed to eight interesting seminars covering topics ranging from the pricing of water to nutrition, peace, and groundwater.

See the list of all Seminars

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Attend World Water Week

You can still register to participate online and onsite, with a wide range of ticket options starting from just €30.

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Centre Stage – Online and on-site

23 August – 01 September

Centre Stage is the meeting place for all World Water Week participants with collective moments such as the Opening and wrap-up sessions for last-minute analysis. SIWI colleagues contribute to many of these events, not least the popular talk show SIWI Corner. Centre Stage is also where you can follow the award ceremonies for the Stockholm Water Prize and Stockholm Junior Water Prize.

Check out the Centre Stage programme

Join us!

World Water Week offers some 300 sessions on a broad range of topics, from food security and health to agriculture, technology, biodiversity, and the climate crisis.

Explore the full programme
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