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World Water Week 2018 theme: Water, ecosystems and human development

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”.

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, we provide you with webcasts of the top events, important press releases, contacts and news as well as lists of press events, key speakers and experts.

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

Practical information

Services On Site

A fully staffed press room is available to accredited journalists on the 5th floor, rooms 501-504, of Folkets Hus, part of City Conference Centre in the heart of Stockholm. Here, you can receive assistance with interview requests, work in a quiet environment and obtain information on scheduled press events.

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 MediaHub.

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 2018?

Sunday 26 August to Friday 31 August

Where is World Water Week 2018 held?

City Conference Centre, Drottninggatan 71b, Stockholm, Sweden

How do I apply for press accreditation?

You may apply for accreditation here:

Please note: To receive accreditation, your application must be validated by SIWI (organizer of World Water Week). Only applications with the necessary press credentials will be approved. An e-mail confirmation letter, registration data and reference number will be sent to the email address provided once approved. 

What can I find in the press room?

In the press room, located on the 5th floor, rooms 501-504, of Folkets Hus you will find:

  • staff assisting you with interview requests
  • a quite environment
  • a couple of laptops free to use
  • TV broadcasting selected events live
  • free wi-fi
  • seating area
  • toilet
  • coffee and tea

Have more questions? Download our complete FAQ here.

Media Contacts

Press Inquiries

General Inquiries

Award Ceremonies

Stockholm Junior Water Prize Award Ceremony

When: Tuesday 28 August 2018, 17:45-21:45

Where: Berns Salonger, Stockholm

Stockholm Junior Water Prize brings together some of the world’s brightest young minds. The royal award ceremony will be held in the precence of HRH Crown Princess Victoria.

The ceremony has 2 openings for press. Opening A is at 17:45 for journalists who want to attend the whole ceremony. (Journalists will be sitting on the balcony overlooking the ceremony and dinner. We will serve coffee and a sandwich). Opening B is at 20:10 for journalists who want to take part only when the award is handed over. (This is the only photo opportunity with the Crown Princess).

You need to let us know on beforehand if you wish to attend as press. If you wish to be accredited, please send your details, a copy of your Press ID, and indicate which opening you are interested in (A or B), to

Stockholm Water Prize Award Ceremony

When: Wednesday 29 August 2018, 16:30-23:45

Where: Stockholm City Hall, Ragnar Östbergs Plan

Stockholm Water Prize is the world’s most prestigious prize in water. H.R.H. Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden will present the prize to Professors Rittmann and van Loosdrecht on behalf of H.M. King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden, Patron of Stockholm Water Prize, at the ceremony.

You need to let us know on beforehand if you wish to attend as press. If you wish to be accredited, please send your details and a copy of your Press ID to

Please register on-site between 16:00-16:30.

Events for press

Opening plenary

Monday 27 August | 09.30-11.30 | Room: FH Congress Hall

The opening plenary of 2018 will be an opportunity to put the theme Water, ecosystems and human development into context and view it from different angles. Learn more >>

Closing plenary

Friday 31 August | 09.00-12.00 | Room: NL Auditorium

The closing plenary will summarize and conclude the multi-faceted outcomes of World Water Week 2018. The plenary covers reflections and take-home messages of keynote speakers and Key Collaborating Partners, and the rapporteur team, together with the Scientific Programme Committee, will present their main findings from the Week. Learn more >>

Stockholm Water Prize Laureates Symposium

Wednesday 29 August | 09.00-10.30, 11:00-12:30 | Room: NL Pillar Hall

Each year, the winner of Stockholm Water Prize presents at World Water Week. The Symposium is designed to celebrate the Laureates and their field of expertise.

Building a resilient future through water

Thursday 30 August | 09.00-10.30, 11:00-12:30 | Room: NL Auditorium

For three years, SIWI has organized a two-part high-level session to exchange knowledge, enhance partnership and action and take stock on water-related progress of the 2030 Agenda and the Paris Climate Agreement. This edition of “Building a Resilient Future through Water” will highlight advances in water, science, practice, policy with a view on water resilience as a paradigm for fulfilling our common agenda for sustainable development. Learn more >>

Press releases

This section will be updated closer to and during the Week.

Expert list


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 >>


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 on the SIWI Media Hub 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.

SIWI Media Hub and SIWI Youtube channel