2016 World Water Week, celebrating in Sweden

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www- 2016-Programme

August 28 – September 2, 2016—Stockholm, Sweden

World Water Week is composed by over 200 sessions that cover the most important water and development issues.

In 2016 World Water Week will focus on “Water and Sustainable Growth”.

Click here to check out this year’s World Water Week programme.

In 2015 World Water Week featured over 160 events and 8 workshops and the most relevant topics relating to “Water for Development” were discussed – i.e. Financing, SDGs, Integrity, Gender issues, Climate Change, Energy, Sanitation, Food, Conflict Resolution, and Water Management.

2016 is a critical year for addressing the role of water in the post-2015 development agenda. That agenda has been developed in 2015 through two pivotal events: (1) the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) by the UN General Assembly, charting the world’s development course through 2030, and (2) a new global climate agreement adopted by COP 21 in Paris with important implications for water related mitigation and adaptation to climate change. 2015 was also the year of world summits on disaster risk reduction and finance for development. These events have profound importance for water development, stewardship and management.

Informed by the World Water Development Report 2016, the UN will focus on “water and jobs” at World Water Day in March 2016 as one of the key future water issues: making a contribution to better the lives of millions of people by maintaining and creating meaningful jobs related to water and wastewater development, service provision, protection and management.

The World Water Week in Stockholm in 2016 will echo and follow up on the UN ”water and jobs” theme, but do so in the broader context of sustainable growth, and thus directly and indirectly contribute to the (proposed) SDG 8 to “promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all”. Hence, the theme will address sustainable growth for all by focusing on inclusiveness in terms of the societal and human dimensions in all regions of the world.

While the primary focus will be the “water for sustainable growth” theme, the Week will also follow up more generally on the implementation of the water related SDGs and the new climate agreement. Firmly placed at the intersection between policy, research and practice the World Water Week is also a natural place for exploring new ideas and perspectives in the area of water and sustainable growth between a diverse set of actors.

Learn more HERE.


Young Professionals’ Activities at World Water Week is all about inspiring, motivating and empowering young people.

Want a sneak peak of what it is all about? During the Young Professionals Day, on August 30th, we open the doors free of charge for enthusiasts between 16 and 35 years of age. In specially designed seminars and workshops we want to inspire, encourage and lift Young Professionals in the Water and Development sphere.

Time to get into/back into the job market? Come and talk to our recruitment experts at the Young Professional booth. We also host mingle events where you can meet, network and get inspired by your peers and experts in different fields. Register for free via the registration.

2016 Theme: Future leaders

The Young Professionals theme for 2016 is Future leaders. This subject will be lifted during a full day of themed activities, including three dedicated seminars which will centre on inspiring and encouraging Young Professionals to build their careers in water. The day will start with taking stock of what happened in 2015 and we will discuss how to ensure that we meet to goals of the 2030 Agenda. The day will continue to focus on how to get and stay involved in this process as a Young Professional, and be a part of the solution moving forward.

During the Week we will also provide networking possibilities at the Young Professionals Mingle and the Young Professionals-booth, and you will be able to visit the CV clinic.

For more information on the sessions visit our online program and search for Young Professionals.

Ms. Cajsa Larsson
Email: [email protected]

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