Information for Convenors
Event Proposals: Guidelines and Information
Proposals are welcome from organisations who wish to host an event at the 2013 World Water Week. By hosting an event, you engage a wide range of stakeholders in discussions and debate around a specific issue of your choice. SIWI encourages to collaborate with other organisations in order to build partnerships and bringing a diversity of perspectives to the World Water Week.
This year's submission has now closed. Notifications on abstracts and event proposals acceptance will go out in February-April.
What are seminars and side events?
Seminars and side events at the World Water Week are sessions where the content, format and programme is developed by the convening organisation(s). Seminars have a duration of three hours allowing for significant interaction and deep and wide exploration of an issue. Seminars run in parallel with workshops and closed meetings. A side event is a one hour session at lunch time or in the late afternoon which is suitable for presenting an issue, a perspective, a report or a solution.
Prospective organisations are encouraged to submit an event proposal for review by the World Water Week. The proposal should be text only (no graphics) following format:
- Event Title
- Short description of the event (1100 characters)
- Event objectives and expected outcomes (550 characters)
- Key messages of the event (300 characters)
- Event summary for use in promotion material (300 characters)
- Target audience (150 characters)
Thematic focuses of events
In line with the thematic focus of the 2013 World Water Week in Stockholm on Water Cooperation, SIWI especially welcomes proposals on issues on the following issues:
- Cooperation: why do we need to cooperate, on what, for what aim, at what level, with whom and how to achieve common goals
- Cross-sectorial cooperation
- Data, information and communication for cooperation
- Finance and cooperation
- The gender dimension of cooperation
- Global cooperation: North-South, South-South, Global
- Learning from failure
- Post 2015 development agenda and goals
- Water cooperation for disaster risk reduction.
In addition, SIWI welcomes proposals that explore other aspects of water and development such as:
- Climate change
- Conflict resolution and transboundary waters
- Food security
- Private sector
- Social impacts and the rights perspective
- Sanitation and health
- Water resource management
SIWI will determine the programme based on a review of the proposals submitted by all convenors. When evaluating the proposals, the following criteria will be used:
- New thinking, findings or approaches: the extent to which the event focuses on relevant topics of debate and generate new ideas and solutions,
- Cross sectoral diversity: how the event promotes diversity of interests and organisational types in the programme, including stakeholder groups, research institutes, government agencies, non-government organisations, donors, business, and others,
- Outputs and impact: how the outputs of the event improve the understanding, policy and practice of water management and sustainable development around the world and
- Programme format: the extent to which the event facilitates multi-stakeholder dialogue and encourages open discussion involving stakeholders with potentially conflicting views.
In order to ensure a diverse and dynamic programme for the World Water Week in terms of topics, geographic regions, convenors, and formats, SIWI may suggest a merger between similar or complementary event proposals.