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 for society – Including all” will be discussed.
Thematic Scope: Water for society – Including all
Thematic Scope: Water for society – including all
This Thematic Scope outlines the rationale and overall content of the 2019 World Water Week theme: “Water for society – including all”.
The 2019 theme: time to focus on inclusiveness
In the fourth year of implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the 2019 World Water Week addresses the basic objective of this agenda to secure inclusive and sustainable development for all people in all countries. The UN is focusing on “no-one left behind” as the theme for the 2019 World Water Day and World Water Development Report. In Stockholm, we are aligning this 2019 Thematic Scope with that theme, broadened to the wider perspective of inclusiveness. Water security underlies human and environmental security; access to and use of water in adequate quantity and quality are fundamental to survival and prosperity.
The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set ambitious targets for our future development applying to all countries, whether high, middle or low income. This Thematic Scope covers many of these goals, in particular SDG 1 on poverty, SDG 2 on hunger, SDG 5 on gender equality, SDG 6 on water and sanitation, SDG 10 on inequality and SDG 16 on peaceful and inclusive societies. Achieving these goals is central to the inclusive societal transformation process which is required to achieve all the SDG targets by 2030.
Read the full Thematic Scope in the Call for Engagement.
SIWI believes that a water wise world can only be achieved through inclusive dialogue and with World Water Week, we endeavour to create a conference that has an equal professional representation by both women and men, in all phases of their careers – both as participants and on stage.
To do our part in counteracting an all too prevalent disregard for younger and female voices in the global water debate, World Water Week 2017 introduced the Gold Standard to provide recognition for sessions that put additional efforts of being inclusive and innovative. Gold Standard sessions are highlighted in the programme.
We expect the Gold Standard will support us in bringing the voice of women and young professionals to the discussions at the week, as we are certain that this will broaden the water discussion and provide different perspectives and solutions.
During the two years since its inception, the interest in hosting a Gold Standard session has increased from 10 percent in 2017 to some 80 percent in 2018, and we are happy to see that other conferences have followed suit.
Our vision is that inclusive sessions will be the norm and aim to have all the sessions of the Week to be Gold Standard within five years of its implementation.
In order to facilitate convenors in the implementation of the Gold Standard, we have created speaker directories for women and youth.
Gold Standard criteria
For sessions to adhere to the Gold Standard, the organizer must to follow World Water Week guidelines on:
- Gender representation – At least 40% of event presenters (panelists and speakers) are female. The aim is a balanced gender representation.
- Young professional representative – At least one of the presenters is a young professional, i.e., under 35.
In addition, the session should have an innovative format that promotes audience interaction. To become a Gold standard session, the convenor must also meet all SIWI determined deadlines specified in the Convenor conditions
Archive and Resources
2018: Water, ecosystems and human development
2017: Water and waste: reduce and reuse
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