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World Water Week programme consists of more than 200 sessions of different formats and covering a range of subjects. During the convenor sessions, the most relevant topics on this year’s theme “Water, ecosystems and human development” will be discussed.

The programme for World Water Week 2018 is out now!

Svanetian Towers in Ushguli in autumn. One of the highest inhabited village in Europe. Caucasus, Upper Svaneti, Georgia.. UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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.


Plenary Sessions

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Young Professionals Activities


Social Events

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Archive and Resources

2017: Water and waste: reduce and reuse

2017 Abstract Volume
2017 Overarching conclusions
2017 World Water Week Programme (pdf)
2017 World Water Week Programme (online)
Water Alternatives: World Water Week 2017

2016: Water for Sustainable Growth

2016 Abstract Volume
2016 Overarching conclusions
2016 The Water Report
2016 World Water Week Programme (printed)
2016 World Water Week Programme (online)
Selected papers from World Water Week 2016

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

2012: Water and Food Security

2012 Programme
2012 Overarching Conclusions
2012 Abstract Volume
2012 World Water Week report – “Feeding a thirsty world”
At the Confluence – Selection from the 2012 World Water Week in Stockholm

2011: Responding to Global Changes: Water in an Urbanising World

2011 Programme
2011 Overarching Conclusions
2011 Abstract Volume
On the Water Front Vol. 3