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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 for society – Including all” will be discussed.

Have a first look at the programme for World Water Week 2019 here:

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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.


Plenary Sessions

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Gold Standard

Gold Standard

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

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Young Professionals Activities


Social Events

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Archive and Resources

2018: Water, ecosystems and human development

2018 Abstract Volume
2018 Overarching conclusions

2018 World Water Week programme (pdf)
2018 World Water Week programme (online)

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