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EVENTS - 2013

Stockholm World Water Week, 01 - 06 September 2013


Stockholm World Water Week (SWWW) is an annual gathering where the world of community in water and sanitation development professionals meets and discusses issues surrounding evolutionary progress and prospects on water. Organised by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), it brings together experts, practitioners, decision makers and leaders from around the globe to exchange ideas, foster new thinking and develop solutions.

Each year, the World Water Week addresses a particular theme to enable a deeper examination of a specific water-related topic and the theme changes to fit within a broader "niche" that covers several years. The grouping of themes within a niche is designed to develop a long-term perspective on a broad yet significant water and development issue. It also ensures that each year builds upon the previous years’ outcomes and findings.

This year’s conference will convene under the theme “Water Cooperation - Building Partnerships” from 01 – 06 September 2013 to coincide with the United Nations (UN) General Assembly declaring 2013 as the United Nations International Year of Water Cooperation. The UN-Water has called upon UNESCO to lead the 2013 United Nations International Year on Water Cooperation, in particular because of the organization’s unique multidisciplinary approach which blends the natural and social sciences, education, culture and communication. The objective of the Year of International Water Cooperation is to raise awareness, both on the potential for increased cooperation, and on the challenges facing water management in light of the increase in demand for water access, allocation and services. The Year will highlight the history of successful water cooperation initiatives, as well as identify burning issues on water education, water diplomacy, transboundary water management, financing cooperation, national/international legal frameworks, and the linkages with the Millennium Development Goals

The week-long conference entails a comprehensive programme of seminars, workshops and networking events on the world’s most urgent water-related issues. Discussions cover various water and related issues with the purpose to increase awareness and stimulate action of human daily activities impacts on the environment i.e. water, land and air. South Africa’s participation at the Stockholm World Water Week includes:

  • Exploring interconnected problems of water, society, the environment and economic vitality, building capacity and charting action toward practical solutions.
  • Fostering pro-active partnerships and alliances between individuals and organizations from different fields of expertise.
  • Explore proactive partnership and cooperation through securing of bilateral meetings with strategic partners / countries.
  • Highlighting ground-breaking research, best practices and innovative policy work by stakeholders and experts around the world and from multiple disciplines.
  • Reviewing the implementation of actions, commitments and decisions made by different stakeholders in response to water challenges.

The Department ensures successful coordination of the above event in the following segments:

  • Coordination of the South African Water Sectors’ involvement to the SWWW. This is to ensure and develops a holistic approach of what South Africa contributes at the conference.
  • Coordination of South African Water Sector on side events, seminars etc.
  • Coordination of South African Water Sector exhibition stand. This is to create the awareness of SA government efforts to contribute towards economic development and water resource infra-structure development.
  • Participation of the winners of the South African Youth Water Prize at the Stockholm Junior Water Prize. This is to mentor winners of the SAYWP in water related careers.