2011 Overarching Conclusions

The 2011 World Water Week in Stockholm brought more than 2,600 leaders from science, business, government, and civil society to focus new thinking and positive action toward the water-related problems facing our world. The theme for the week was “Responding to Global Changes: Water in an Urbanising World”.

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Throughout the Week, experts and organisations explored various issues focused on the central theme, through plenary sessions, workshops, seminars, side events, and panels. Other topics that were covered included transboundary waters, sanitation, food security, water resources management, energy, governance, human rights and agriculture.

For the third consecutive year, the 2011 World Water Week concluded with a Stockholm Statement. At the Week’s closing plenary, the assembled participants called on leadership at all levels of government that will participate at the Rio+20 Summit (4-6 June, 2012) to commit to achieving “universal provisioning

of safe drinking water, adequate sanitation and modern energy services by the year 2030” and to adopt intervening targets to increase efficiency in the management of water, energy and food.

As the organiser and host of the 2011 World Water Week, the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) has prepared and published these overarching conclusions. The report analyses the issues, initiatives and recommendations put forward during the Week for the benefit of the participants and the global water and development communities. The Overarching Conclusions in section one are compiled and written by SIWI to try to capture what we feel were the key issues and insights advanced during the week. In the second chapter, five teams of senior and junior rapporteurs offer their narrative on five thematic streams that they’ve been tasked to cover during the week, whereas the final chapter gives an overview of the incredible work of prize laureates and award winners.

November 2011