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World Water Week 2019 theme: Water for society – Including all

World Water Week is the annual focal point for the globe’s water issues. It is organized by SIWI. In 2019, World Water Week will address the theme “Water for society – Including all”.

The online press room is a space dedicated to journalists covering the news and ideas that emerge over the course of the Week – both at the event and remotely.

Here you can find press releases, photos, videos and much more from the Week.

For information  about becoming a World Water Week media partner, please email

Practical information

Remote services

Don’t forget that you can easily follow World Water Week online! Sign up for our media newsletter to receive updates and press releases direct to your inbox. Be sure to also follow SIWI on Twitter and Facebook for live updates during the Week. Share our video material easily from our Youtube channel. Video material from past years is also available for download from our Vimeo channel.

Online programme

Use the online programme to search for a specific topic or get an overview of the themes that will be discussed during the Week. Browse events by theme, topic, type and date.

Social media

World Water Week has a number of social media channels through which you can connect to help stay abreast of events, updates and virtual discussions on the topics you cover. Connect now to uncover stories and find potential interviewees!

Follow @SIWI_water on Twitter and SIWIwater on Facebook to receive updates in advance and during the week. Find videos from past Weeks on our Youtube channel. The official World Water Week hashtag is #WWWeek – use it in your communication!


When is World Water Week 2019?

Sunday 25 August to Friday 30 August 2019.

Where is World Water Week 2019 held?

Tele2 Arena. The arena is located at Stockholm Globe Centre, just south of central Stockholm and close to no less than six subway stations, including Globen and Gullmarsplan (just a 10min subway ride from Central Station).

How do I apply for press accreditation?

Accreditation for World Water Week 2019 will open in June 2019.

Where can I find photo and video material from the Week?

You can find material free for download at and

You must always accredit photographer and SIWI.

Have more questions? Download our complete FAQ here.

Media Contacts

Press Inquiries

General Inquiries

Press releases

SIWI Press releases

Convenor Press releases

Before the Week

Monday 27 August

Tuesday 28 August

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the World Bank

Effective Management of Water Resources in Arab World Key to Future Growth and Stability

KTH Royal Institute of Technology / International Society of Groundwater for Sustainable Development / Ramböll Water / United Nations Children’s Fund

Sediment Color Tool: Empowering local drillers for safe water provision – Showcase programme

Imagine H2O

Urban Drinking Water Challenge Winners Honored at World Water Week in Stockholm

UNESCO World Water Assessment Programme (UNESCO WWAP)

Presentation of United Nations World Water Development Report 2018 “Nature‐based solutions for water” –Showcase programme

Wetland International

Degradation of wetlands contributes to social instability and insecurity

World Council of Churches

Kristen tro och rent vatten


AfriAlliance - "AfriAlliance Policy Brief 3"

To be launched on 17 August

Contact information:

Joel Angoran
IHE Delft Institute for Water Education
Wageningen University and Research
+31 613951212

CAWST - "Household Water Treatment and Safe Storage Workshop Trainer Collection"

This collection contains the resources for both trainers and participants for the Household Water Treatment and Safe Storage workshop. This two to three day workshop provides an introduction to drinking water quality, the Multi-Barrier Approach to safe drinking water, household water treatment and safe storage (HWTS) options, behaviour change, and implementation best practices. The intended participants are people responsible for making decisions about HWTS selection and implementation. This new material contains updated statistics, references, new technologies, updated framing of how HWTS fits within the global agenda for safe drinking water, and more. A number of completely new materials (such as the membrane filter technical brief and lesson, disease cards, participant workbook, etc.). Freshly rebranded templates for all the resources. We have replaced the HWTS participant manual with a series of technical briefs. This makes it easier for people to find the particular topic they are looking for. Read it here >>

Dalberg Global Development Advisors - "Sanitation Worker Safety: A 5-Million People Strong Blindspot In Sanitation"

India has five million sanitation workers involved in eight types of work across the sanitation value chain with extreme levels of hazard, social ostracism, and poor incomes. A Dalberg report, carried out with support from the Gates Foundation, shines a light on the problem; prepares an innovative path forward. Read it here >>

International Tourism Partnership - "Destination Water Risk Index"

This report presents the key results from ITP’s “Destination Water Risk Index”, which was created through the collaboration of ITP, Ecolab and Greenview. The Index provides unique insights on water risk for hotels operating in the 68 largest markets in the world, with an unprecedented level of detail for the hotel industry. Read it here >>

International Water Management Institute - "Resource Recovery from Waste Business Models for Energy, Nutrient and Water Reuse in Low- and Middle-income Countries"

Humans generate millions of tons of waste every day. This waste is rich in water, nutrients, energy and organic compounds. Yet waste is not being managed in a way that permits us to derive value from its reuse, whilst millions of farmers struggle with depleted soils and lack of water. This book shows how Resource Recovery and Reuse (RRR) could create livelihoods, enhance food security, support green economies, reduce waste and contribute to cost recovery in the sanitation chain.  While many RRR projects fully depend on subsidies and hardly survive their pilot phase, hopeful signs of viable approaches to RRR are emerging around the globe including low- and middle-income countries. These enterprises or projects are tapping into entrepreneurial initiatives and public ̶ private partnerships, leveraging private capital to help realize commercial or social value, shifting the focus from treatment for waste disposal to treatment of waste as a valuable resource for safe reuse.  The book provides a compendium of business options for energy, nutrients and water recovery via 24 innovative business models based on an in-depth analysis of over 60 empirical cases, of which 47 from around the world are described and evaluated in a systematic way. The focus is on organic municipal, agro-industrial and food waste, including fecal sludge, supporting a diverse range of business models with potential for large-scale out-and up-scaling. Read it here >>

IRENA - "Water Use in India’s Power Generation, Impact of Renewables and Improved Cooling Technologies to 2030"

This paper examines the impact of changes in cooling technologies mandated for thermal power plants and an increased share of renewable energy, on freshwater use (excluding hydropower) and on carbon emissions to year 2030. The analysis builds on previous work undertaken by the World Resources Institute (WRI) and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), and draws on the commitment made by India at the 2015 Conference of Parties (COP 21) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The analysis contributes to the growing discourse on integrating water considerations into power sector planning for thermal and renewable energy development. Read it here >>

Practical Action Publishing - "Faecal Sludge and Septage Treatment: A guide for low and middle income countries"

Faecal Sludge and Septage Treatment is essential reading for planners and engineers working in local government; specialist central government departments; NGOs and consulting firms working on the planning and design of septage treatment plants; researchers and students studying urban sanitation. Read it here >>

Simavi and Ministry of Foreign Affairs Netherlands - "Social inclusive WASH programmes"

A mapping study of social inclusive strategies and approaches in WASH programmes and projects of a selection of Dutch based and international organisations active in the WASH sector. The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs (DGIS) and Simavi (Watershed) invite you to join a side event with a report launch on social inclusion, contributing to the global WASH goals of Leaving No One Behind, the WWW theme for 2019. Do you want to have a quick overview of how leading WASH organisations deal with social inclusion? Visit our side event. Organisations involved in the preparation of the report are: World Bank, WaterAid, GIZ, Sida, Unicef, WSSCC and Brac; Dutch organisations Simavi, IRC, Wetlands International, Plan Nederland and VEI. To be launched on 29 August at World Water Week, see invitation and RSVP here, and as a pdf here >> 

SIWI, FAO and IUCN - "Championing the Forest-Water Nexus"

A joint statement from 12 forest and water experts to promote the forest water nexus and recommendations for how to manage our connected natural capital. Read it here >>

Terre des hommes and Swiss Red Cross - "Blue Schools Kit"

The Blue Schools Kit is a resource for teachers and implementing partners to promote a healthy learning environment and expose students to environmentally-friendly technologies and practices in line with SDG 6. Read it here >>

VIA Water - "African Spatial Delight - leaflet"

Leaflet of our session: African Spatial Delight. All products that are being presented in our Data Supermarket are introduced in the leaflet. Read it here >>

Wageningen University - "Nature Geoscience publication 'Quality matters for water scarcity'"

van Vliet, M.T.H., Flörke, M., Wada, Y. (2017) Quality matters for water scarcity, Nature Geoscience 10, 800-802, doi:10.1038/ngeo3047. Read it here >>

World Resource Institute (WRI) - "Parched Power: Water Demands, Risks, and Opportunities for India's Power Sector"

This paper aims to help decision-makers understand the magnitude of water issues for the thermal power sector in India with quantitative evidence. There is a significant data gap in power plant water use in India. The authors used data science techniques and innovative methodologies and developed a comprehensive plant-level geodatabase on water withdrawal and consumption for India’s thermal power sector, making a first-cut attempt to fill the data gap. Combined with information on power generation, water risks, and future projections of energy and water demand, this paper quantifies the Indian thermal power sector’s water demand, assesses its exposure to water stress, and evaluates opportunities for reducing water requirements while supporting power growth for the future. Read it here >>

World Resource Institute (WRI) - "Issue Brief: Water, Security, and Conflict"

A new Issue Brief: Water, Security, and Conflict by Peter Gleick (Pacific Institute) and Charles Iceland (WRI) summarizes the current understanding of water and security threats and their links to conflict, migration, and food insecurity. The paper reviews the key drivers behind growing water risk, describes and illustrates water and security pathways, and presents approaches for reducing water related risks to global security. To be launched on 27 August here >>


To be launched on 28 August here >> 

Contact information:

Li Lou
Online Communications Officer
Water Global Practice

Photos and videos



Photos from World Water Week are available on our Flickr page. Photos can be downloaded and shared with credit to the photographers. High level panels, seminars, workshops, award ceremonies and social events as well as general water pictures are offered free of charge and without restriction, for non-commercial, editorial use.

On our Flickr page you can also find pictures from past Weeks.

How to credit

Photographs may be republished with credit given to the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) and to the photographer.


The video material at Vimeo is offered free of charge and without restriction, for non-commercial, editorial use. Here you can download video material from the Week. Credit the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI).

The video material on our Youtube channel is easily embedded and shared. We recommend using this platform for social media sharing and posting.