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Sunday 28 August
Forests, water and sustainable growth of cities – 14:00-15:30
Sustainable growth of cities require sustainably managed forests in their watersheds. Cities depend on forests for goods such as food, energy – and water. Restored and sustainably managed forests in cities watersheds can provide cost effective solutions to enhance the quality and quantity of operation of traditional “grey” water infrastructure.
Monday 29 August
Opening Plenary – 09:00-12:00
Sustainable growth depends on water security attained through wise water resources management. Water underpins development and growth, and is deeply embedded in most economic activities. However population increase, urbanization, industrial activities, along with changing consumption patterns is putting considerable pressure on the availability and quality of water resources. Many parts of the world are facing increased water stress and a simultaneous increase in the freshwater demand.
Secure Water, Empowered Citizens: What Can Social Accountability Achieve? – 14:00-15:30
Truly inclusive growth will transform stakeholder relationships and enable “beneficiaries” to become actors taking a seat at the table alongside government institutions, service providers and other water users in decision-making about water. This will be essential as global efforts to achieve the SDGs must balance opportunities for economic growth, rising demands for water and the challenges of climate change with dramatically increased WASH provision.
Tuesday 30 August
Eye on LAC: Water and Sanitation as a Business: Constraints-Opportunities – 14:00-15:30
Providing improved water and sanitation services generate market opportunities for private businesses. The market is huge as 2.4 billion people (about 40% of the world population) lack access to basic sanitation, such as toilets or latrines, and more than 700 million people still use unimproved drinking water sources. Private sector could play a key role in providing these services.
Accelerating Development by Building a Prosperous Environment for WASH – 16:00-17:30
There has been much dialogue about the need to create sustainable water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) solutions by enhancing government leadership, strengthening country systems, and creating space for positive private sector contributions. In fact, it’s broadly recognized that Sustainable Development Goal 6 for universal access to sanitation and water will not be met without significantly increasing government, NGO, and private sector collaboration.
Eye on LAC: The Circular Economy of Water: Wastewater Reuse – 16:00-17:30
Our current linear economic model needs to be changed to alleviate escalating pressures on water resources. The shift to a circular economy model holds much promise as it would replace scarcity with abundance and reduce the resources needed to run our water infrastructure. It would also generate environmental and resource conservation advantages and bring benefits such as long term job creation, as the circular economy is more labor intensive
Wednesday 31 August
2016 Stockholm Water Prize Symposium: Pollution or Prosperity? – 09:00-10:30
The likelihood for and impact of a significant decline in quality and quantity of global freshwater resources is considered the highest risk to global growth and development for the coming decade. By 2030, the global demand for freshwater may outstrip sustainable supply by 40%. Unfortunately, in many cases and places, the present and future freshwater may not be fresh enough for our human and economic needs.
Eye on LAC: Towards a Green Infrastructure Agenda – 09:00-10:30
Green infrastructure is an approach to water management that protects, restores and mimics the natural water cycle. It entails restoring wetlands or other nature-based solutions, rather than building costly new grey infrastructure.
Implementing the water-related SDG: an Inter-regional Dialogue – 14:00-15:30
2015 was the target year for achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). From 1990 to 2012, 2.3 billion people globally have gained access to improved water sources and almost 2 billion to improved sanitation. However, more than 700 million people, mostly in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, still use unimproved drinking water sources; and some 2.5 billion people unimproved sanitation facilities.
Thursday 1 September
Part I: Building a Resilient Future through Water – 09:00-10:30
Global leaders will highlight possible strategies for delivering on the 2030 Agenda and strengthening climate resilience through wise water management. The event will show ways on how the implementation of the 2030 and climate agendas can be better integrated – with water as a useful connector.
Mountains, glaciers and hydropower in a changing climate – 11:00-12:30
Mountains worldwide are the water tower that provides food, energy and ecosystem services to billions of people living downstream. For instance, the Hindu Kush Himalayas (HKH) provides these services to 1.3 billion people. However, climate change coupled with socio-economic changes have put unprecedented pressure on these water resources. This seminar will highlight the role of mountains in providing water, food and energy for sustainable growth using examples from the Himalayas, the Alps and the Andes.
Part II: Building a Resilient Future through Water – 11:00-12:30
Part two of the high level event will gather Global Leaders for a discussion on possible strategies for delivering on the 2030 Agenda and the Climate Agreement. Can climate resilience be strengthening through wise water management, and can the implementation of the 2030 and climate agendas be better integrated – with water as a useful connector?
Addressing emerging pollutants to achieve SDGs – 14:00-15:30
A growing water quality challenge across the globe is the management of a wide variety of emerging pollutants found in water resources that pose a risk to human and environmental health. The current scientific understanding on the fate, transport and risk of emerging pollutants, individually and in combination, is limited, and identifying priority pollutants for policy action is therefore problematic.
Friday 2 September
Closing Plenary World Water Week 2016-Water for Sustainable Growth
The Closing session of the World Water Week is the time where we, together with colleagues and distinguish guests sum up the events and discussions that take place during the week.