Stockholm International Water Institute

World Water Week 2018


World Water Week is the annual focal point for the globe’s water issues. It is organized by SIWI. In 2018, World Water Week will address the theme “Water, ecosystems and human development”. In 2017, over 3,300 individuals and around 380 convening organizations from 135 countries participated in the Week. Experts, practitioners, decision-makers, business innovators and young professionals from a range of sectors and countries come to Stockholm to network, exchange ideas, foster new thinking and develop solutions to the most pressing water-related challenges of today. We believe water is key to our future prosperity, and that together, we can achieve a water wise world.

Event Type:
Aug. 26-31, 2018
Drottninggatan 71b, Stockholm City Conference Centre
Stockholm , Sweden

World Water Week programme consists of more than 200 sessions of different formats and covering a range of subjects. During the 90-minute convenor sessions, the most relevant topics on this year’s theme “Water, ecosystems and human development” will be discussed.

The programme for World Water Week 2018 will be released on 15 April, 2018. In the meantime, you can check World Water Week 2017 and/or submit a proposal for a session for World Water Week 2018.

Thematic Scope: Water, ecosystems and human development

In the third year of implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the World Water Week 2018 focuses on the very basis of our existence: the ecosystems on which all life depends, and the critical role of water in their functions. We depend on healthy ecosystems as habitats for plant and animal life, and for services for human development and well-being.  In our development efforts we invariably affect and change our environment, but we need to do so without compromising the sustainability of vital ecosystems.  The UN focuses on “nature-based solutions” as the theme for the 2018 World Water Day and World Water Development Report. In Stockholm we align the present 2018 Thematic Scope with this, and we go further to explore the wider water, ecosystems and human development agenda.

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Paris Climate Agreement, set ambitious targets for our future development. The present Thematic Scope focuses in particular on SDG 6, target 6: “by 2020, protect and restore water-related ecosystems, including mountains, forests, wetlands, rivers, aquifers and lakes”; SDG 15, target 1: ”by 2020, ensure the conservation, restoration and sustainable use of terrestrial and inland freshwater ecosystems and their services, in particular forests, wetlands, mountains and drylands”; and SDG 9.1 “develop quality, reliable, sustainable and resilient infrastructure, including regional and trans-border infrastructure, to support economic development and human well-being, with a focus on affordable and equitable access for all”. While each of the SDG targets have one or more indicators through which the performance in achieving the targets is monitored, the inter-dependence between them needs to be recognized and guide integrated development. Considering the 14th global Conference of the Parties to the Biodiversity Convention in late 2018 the bio-diversity dimension of ecosystem development and management will be given special attention.

Plenary Sessions

The Opening Plenary

The Opening plenary is the official welcome of participants, aiming to inspire dynamic and fruitful conversations throughout the Week.

The theme of World Water Week 2018 is Water, Ecosystems and Human Development. The Opening plenary of 2018 will present this theme from inspirational as well as thoughtful angles.

Invited speakers will share their views on the critical role that water plays for the functioning of our ecosystems – the very basis of our existence. Their presentations will highlight the complexity of this years’ theme ranging from mountains, forests and lakes to infrastructure, economic development and human well-being.

The plenary will commence with official welcome addresses, keynotes by high-level decision makers, and as by tradition, the Stockholm Water Prize Laureate lecture.

Young Professionals Activities

Young Professionals’ Activities

True to its vision to empower young people the World Water Week 2018 will organize its sixth Young Professionals Day. This focus day aims at inspiring young professionals while providing a platform to make voices heard and networking happen. The many Young Professionals’ Activities include three different events with and for young professionals, a specially assigned networking area and, not the least, a mingle!

More information will come soon so keep your eyes open!

WWWeek Young Professional Speaker Directory

Want to be a speaker, panelist or moderator during the Week? Sign up for our Speaker Directory!

More information here.

Young Professionals’ Day

Starting off the Week on Sunday August 26 we host the Young Professionals’ Day, a day dedicated to those who has just started their careers. It is all about inspiring, motivating and empowering young people. During this day we open the doors free of charge for enthusiasts between 16-35 years of age who will get free access to the Young Professionals activities during one entire day. This includes our fabulous seminars that you really don’t want to miss!

To attend for free, please register through the normal registration process and tick “Attend Young Professionals Day Only” on page 3 of the registration form.

Young Professionals’ Mingle

We will of course meet up for this popular mingle to end the day and to establish contacts for the upcoming Week. When and where? You will know soon!

Stay tuned for more information!

Social Events

During World Water Week there are a number of occasions to network with other participants outside the venue. Registration or tickets for social events can be purchased through registration to World Water Week.

Young Professionals’ Mingle

Are you under 35? Do you like to network? Start off the Week with a drink at the Young Professionals’ Mingle and take the opportunity to meet other young professionals in an informal setting!

Under the bridges

Every year during World Water Week, we offer the opportunity to see the beauty of Stockholm from the water. The boat journey travels under fifteen bridges and passes through two of the locks connecting the Baltic Sea with Lake Mälaren. This is a truly unique experience that captures the beauty of the islands of Stockholm.

City of Stockholm Cocktail Reception

To officially welcome everyone to World Water Week, the City of Stockholm hosts an opening reception for participants. Take this opportunity to mingle with colleagues and enjoy Stockholm’s beautiful City Hall.

Stockholm Junior Water Prize award ceremony

Each year, thousands of students from all over the globe enter national competitions in the hope of making it to the international final in Stockholm. All country finalists gather during this dinner and award ceremony where the winning project is announced and awarded by the patron of the prize H.R.H. Crown Princess Victoria.

Stockholm Water Prize Ceremony and Royal Banquet

Each year, the Stockholm Water Prize is presented by patron H.M. King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden to the Laureate during the Royal Banquet in the Stockholm City Hall.

Mingle & Dance

The Mingle & Dance is an informal, relaxed, but important gathering for World Water Week participants. It is open for all registered participants and is arranged in the heart of Stockholm. Light dinner, entertainment, a dance floor, bar, and good atmosphere are provided.

Archive and Resources

2016: Water for Sustainable Growth

2016 Abstract Volume
2016 The Water Report
2016 World Water Week Programme (printed)
2016 World Water Week Programme (online)

2015: Water for Development

2015 Overarching Conclusions
2015 Abstract Volume
2015 World Water Week Programme
2015 World Water Week Programme (online)
At the Confluence 2015 – selection from the 2015 World Water Week in Stockholm

2014: Energy and Water

2014 Overarching Conclusions
2014 World Water Week report – “Energy and Water – The Vital Link for a Sustainable Future”
2014 Abstract Volume
2014 World Water Week Programme (printed)
2014 World Water Week Programme (online)
At the Confluence – Selection from the 2014 World Water Week in Stockholm

2013: Water Cooperation – Building Partnerships

2013 Overarching Conclusions
2013 World Water Week report – “Cooperation for a Water Wise World”
2013 Abstract Volume
2013 World Water Week Programme (printed)
2013 World Water Week Programme (online)
At the Confluence – Selection from the 2013 World Water Week in Stockholm

2012: Water and Food Security

2012 Programme
2012 Overarching Conclusions
2012 Abstract Volume
2012 World Water Week report – “Feeding a thirsty world”
At the Confluence – Selection from the 2012 World Water Week in Stockholm

2011: Responding to Global Changes: Water in an Urbanising World

2011 Programme
2011 Overarching Conclusions
2011 Abstract Volume
On the Water Front Vol. 3

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