Water for development

This World Water Week, from 23 to 28 August 2015, will see attention turn to the role of water in development.

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Photo: Daniel Bachhuber

In Stockholm, Sweden a gathering of over 3,000 people from more than 120 countries (including world leaders, water experts and development professionals) is expected to discuss and jointly find solutions to the world’s several escalating water crises.

In particular, they will discuss how water and its role in development are crucial elements to be considered in the new Sustainable Development Goals and a new climate deal at COP21 in France.

“When the international community is shaping a new sustainable development agenda, water management and allocation must be at its heart. Not only as a separate goal but as an essential vehicle for development and health,” said Stefan Löfven, Prime Minister of Sweden at the event.

“With water availability severely altered by climate change, and a growing world population needing more food and demanding more goods and services, time is not on our side,” says a press release from the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), organizers of World Water Week annually.

To mark the 2015 event, SIWI has launched a report on ‘Water for Development: Charting a Water-Wise Path’. It compiles articles by leading academics and practitioners, discusses integrating water management in disaster risk reduction efforts, as well as in the framework of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and in efforts to adapt to and mitigate climate change.

The report highlights the need to build resilient societies and secure functioning ecosystems through means such as incentive schemes and water pricing. The authors note that ‘the real challenge’ will begin in 2016, when the international community builds on the global decisions taken in 2015, including those on climate and the post-2015 development agenda.

To find out more about World Water Week, visit: http://www.worldwaterweek.org/

Download the publication: Water for Development: Charting a Water-Wise Path



Kate Langford

Kate Langford is a consultant writer with close to 20 years’ experience in communicating natural resource, environmental and land management issues for various government and non-government organizations. She previously worked as Communications Specialist for the World Agroforestry Centre in Kenya and has worked in Indonesia, Laos, Vietnam and Australia. She holds a Bachelor of Science and a Graduate Diploma in Scientific Communication.

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