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.