World leaders, water experts, development professionals and CEOs met in Stockholm from August 27 - September 1, 2017 for the annual World Water Week, where they discussed the world’s growing water challenges.
The theme for the 2017 World Water Week was ‘Water and waste: reduce and reuse,’ which resonates with an increasing number of people around the world. Participants at the event focused special attention on how to mitigate the growing water uncertainty in many parts of the world, discussing how we can develop and sustain both technologies and behaviour that help us thrive in an increasingly water scarce future.
One key objective of the programme was to track water in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Each year at the Week, decision-makers have the opportunity to take stock of water’s role in the implementation of water-related SDGs and the Paris Climate Agreement, with the aim of ensuring water is part of the solutions.
At World Water Week, today’s complex water challenges were addressed by some 3,000 participants from nearly than 130 countries, representing governments, the private sector, multilateral organizations, civil society and academia. Speakers at the opening session included Peter Thomson, President of the United Nations General Assembly; Kevin Rudd, Former Prime Minister of Australia and Chair of Sanitation and Water for All; Karolina Skog, Minister of Environment, Sweden; Karin Wanngård, Mayor of Stockholm; Christer Fuglesang, Astronaut and Member of the Sweden’s Royal Academy of Science; and the 2017 Stockholm Water Prize Laureate Stephen McCaffrey. The event was live streamed.
Also, during the World Water Week, the Stockholm Water Prize was awarded to Professor Stephen McCaffrey, who received the 2017 Prize for his unparalleled contribution to the evolution and progressive realization of international water law. He received the Prize from HM King Carl XVI Gustaf, patron of Stockholm Water Prize.
This article was first published in Maschinenmarkt International.