The World Water Week 2016 programme consisted of more than 140 events of different formats and covering a range of subjects. During the 90-minute convenor events, the most relevant topics relating to “Water for Sustainable Growth” was discussed – i.e. Financing, 2030 Agenda, Integrity, Gender issues, Climate Change, Energy, Sanitation, Food, Conflict Resolution, Water Management.
Thematic Scope: Water and Waste – Reduce and Reuse
In the second year of implementation of the 2030 Agenda the World Water Week 2017 focuses on a key challenge for which two Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) have set ambitious targets: SDG 6, target 3: “by 2030, improve water quality by reducing pollution, eliminating dumping and minimizing release of hazardous chemicals and materials, halving the proportion of untreated wastewater and substantially increasing recycling and safe reuse globally”, and SDG 12, target 5: “by 2030, substantially reduce waste generation through prevention, reduction, recycling and reuse”. These are just two of the 169 SDG targets, many of which, along with the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change and the annual Global Risks Reports launched by the World Economic Forum in Davos, highlight our challenge to achieve sustainable development in a changing world. A circular economy in which water and waste are managed as economic assets is an important part of the solution to this challenge.
The Week will address the theme “water and waste – reduce and reuse” from a holistic system perspective, addressing issues and challenges from all parts and countries of the world – low, middle and high income. It will do so by engaging all relevant water-dependent sectors, particularly food and energy, and all relevant stakeholder groups – public, private and civil society – with special attention to gender and age balance.
The theme covers the entire geographical range: upstream to downstream – from source to sea – and both rural and urban. However, with a rapid rate of urbanization, and the concentration of water-waste challenges in dense urban environments, the Week will contribute to the follow-up of the world’s urban summit HABITAT 3 in October 2016 by including a special urban focus.
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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