World Water Week programme consists of more than 200 sessions of different formats and covering a range of subjects. During the 90-minute convenor sessions, the most relevant topics on this year’s theme “Water, ecosystems and human development” will be discussed.
Thematic Scope: Water, ecosystems and human development
In the third year of implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the World Water Week 2018 focuses on the very basis of our existence: the ecosystems on which all life depends, and the critical role of water in their functions. We depend on healthy ecosystems as habitats for plant and animal life, and for services for human development and well-being. In our development efforts we invariably affect and change our environment, but we need to do so without compromising the sustainability of vital ecosystems. The UN focuses on “nature-based solutions” as the theme for the 2018 World Water Day and World Water Development Report. In Stockholm we align the present 2018 Thematic Scope with this, and we go further to explore the wider water, ecosystems and human development agenda.
The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Paris Climate Agreement, set ambitious targets for our future development. The present Thematic Scope focuses in particular on SDG 6, target 6: “by 2020, protect and restore water-related ecosystems, including mountains, forests, wetlands, rivers, aquifers and lakes”; SDG 15, target 1: ”by 2020, ensure the conservation, restoration and sustainable use of terrestrial and inland freshwater ecosystems and their services, in particular forests, wetlands, mountains and drylands”; and SDG 9.1 “develop quality, reliable, sustainable and resilient infrastructure, including regional and trans-border infrastructure, to support economic development and human well-being, with a focus on affordable and equitable access for all”. While each of the SDG targets have one or more indicators through which the performance in achieving the targets is monitored, the inter-dependence between them needs to be recognized and guide integrated development. Considering the 14th global Conference of the Parties to the Biodiversity Convention in late 2018 the bio-diversity dimension of ecosystem development and management will be given special attention.
Read more about the Thematic Scope here.
Archive and Resources
2016: Water for Sustainable Growth
2015: Water for Development
2015 Overarching Conclusions
2015 Abstract Volume
2015 World Water Week Programme
2015 World Water Week Programme (online)
At the Confluence 2015 – selection from the 2015 World Water Week in Stockholm
2014: Energy and Water
2014 Overarching Conclusions
2014 World Water Week report – “Energy and Water – The Vital Link for a Sustainable Future”
2014 Abstract Volume
2014 World Water Week Programme (printed)
2014 World Water Week Programme (online)
At the Confluence – Selection from the 2014 World Water Week in Stockholm
2013: Water Cooperation – Building Partnerships
2013 Overarching Conclusions
2013 World Water Week report – “Cooperation for a Water Wise World”
2013 Abstract Volume
2013 World Water Week Programme (printed)
2013 World Water Week Programme (online)
At the Confluence – Selection from the 2013 World Water Week in Stockholm