Jul 31, 2007

2007 World Water Week Takes Place August 12-18

The 2007 World Water Week in Stockholm will gather leading experts in the Swedish capital this August to highlight important water-related issues.

The theme of this year’s event is “Progress and Prospects on Water: Striving for Sustainability in a Changing World.” 2,400 participants from some 130 countries are expected to explore a wide variety of themes and topics at the Stockholm City Conference Centre, August 12-18, 2007. Plenary sessions, panel debates, social events, facility tours and prize-giving ceremonies will combine to provide the week’s varied programs. Leading professionals from business, government, water management, science, inter-governmental organizations, NGOs, training institutes and United Nations agencies will participate. Over 140 organizations are co-conveners of the event together with the Stockholm International Water Institute.

To cover all aspects of the challenges associated with water and climate change, World Water Week is devoting an entire day to the topic, as well as additional activities during the week. Seminars will consider issues such as adaptation strategies that are being prepared in developed and developing countries, vulnerability mapping and opportunities for innovation. Further, a high level panel will address the topic of climate and water during the World Water Week’s opening general session on Monday, August 13.

Other topics to be covered are measuring progress, unsolved sanitation challenges, water management, water for food and ecosystems and investing in water.

The World Water Week in Stockholm is also a place to celebrate the accomplishments of those whose outstanding efforts are already improving the water environment, bringing water and basic sanitation to those in need, and increasing our knowledge of water through groundbreaking research. The Stockholm Water Prize, Stockholm Junior Water Prize, Stockholm Industry Water Award, Swedish Baltic Sea Water Award and World Water Week Best Poster will all be presented during the week.