DCU Water Institute’s Project Manager, Jane Wall, attended World Water Week in Stockholm this week. The event commenced on August 28th and ran until September 2nd. The theme of this years conference was Water for Sustainable Growth and consisted of more than 140 events of different formats and covering a range of subjects. During the 90-minute convenor events, the most relevant topics relating to “Water for Sustainable Growth” were discussed – i.e. Financing, 2030 Agenda, Integrity, Gender issues, Climate Change, Energy, Sanitation, Food, Conflict Resolution, Water Management.
That agenda was developed in 2015 through two pivotal events: (1) the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) by the UN General Assembly, charting the world’s development course through 2030, and (2) a new global climate agreement adopted by COP 21 in Paris with important implications for water related mitigation and adaptation to climate change. 2015 was also the year of world summits on disaster risk reduction and finance for development. These events have profound importance for water development, stewardship and management. While the primary focus will be the “water for sustainable growth” theme, the Week also focused on the implementation of the water related SDG’s and the new climate agreement.
The event took place in the opulent Conference Centre in the Centre of Stockholm, and the wide attendance is testament to the prime position SIWI hold as a leader in water policy across the global stage.