World Water Week is hosted and organised by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) and takes place each year in Stockholm. The World Water Week has been the annual focal point for the globe’s water issues since 1991.
The aim: Building capacity, promoting partnership, reviewing implementation
World Water Week provides a unique forum for the exchange of views, experiences and practices between the scientific, business, policy and civic communities. It focuses on new thinking and positive action toward water-related challenges and their impact on the world’s environment, health, climate, economic and poverty reduction agendas. It does so by:
- Exploring the interconnected challenges of water, society, environment and economic vitality, building capacity and charting action toward solutions.
- Fostering proactive partnerships and alliances between individuals and organisations from different fields of expertise.
- Highlighting ground-breaking research, best practices and innovative policy work by stakeholders and experts around the world and from multiple disciplines.
- Reviewing the implementation of actions, commitments and decisions in international processes and by different stakeholders in response to the challenges.
- Awarding outstanding achievements and outstanding individuals.
By harnessing and linking best practices, scientific understanding, policy and decision-making for concrete action, World Water Week in Stockholm moves beyond rhetoric to provide real answers to the world’s water, environment and development challenges. The perspective is global, but the context is attuned to differences and similarities between regions of the world, phases of development, political systems and climatic conditions.
World Water Week niche and theme
Each year the World Water Week addresses a particular theme to enable a deeper examination of a specific water-related topic. While not all events during the week relate to the overall theme, the workshops driven by the Scientific Programme Committee and many seminars and side events do focus on various aspects of the theme. The themes change each year, but each fits within a broader “niche” that covers several years. The grouping of themes within a niche is designed to develop a long-term perspective on a broad yet significant water and development issue. It also ensures that each year builds upon the previous years’ outcomes and findings.
The current niche for 2009-2012 is “Responding to Global Changes”, which looks at the potential and necessary responses in water policy, management and development to address pervasive and increasingly impacting global changes. The themes within the current niche are:
- 2009: Accessing Water for the Common Good
- 2010: The Water Quality Challenge
- 2011: Water in an Urbanising World
- 2012: Water and Global Food Security (tentative)
The Thematic Scope for 2011 on Water in an Urbanising World is explained on pages 7-9. The workshops that cover different aspects of the theme are described on pages 10-13. While the theme is addressed in many events during the week, other important and crosscutting issues are also taken up in seminars and side events as described on the next page, resulting in a diverse programme covering many water-related issues.