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Stockholm World Water Week 2018

Stockholm World Water Week

Courtesy: SIWI

The Stockholm World Water Week is a global platform that brings together practitioners, thinkers, and leaders from the global water sector. The platform serves as an intersection of science, policy, business, and society and acts as an incubator of ideas and the start point of collaborations. It strives for “new thinking and positive action toward water-related challenges and their impact on the world’s environment, health, climate, economic and poverty reduction agendas”. More information about the event can be found here. The Stockholm World Water Week also features the prestigious Stockholm Water Prize and the Stockholm Junior Water Prize. The Stockholm Water Prize is the world’s most prominent award for outstanding achievements in water-related activities.

The 2018 edition of the Stockholm World Water Week focuses on the theme “Water, ecosystems and human development”. The theme is drawn from UN’s theme for the 2018 World Water Day and World Water Development Report on nature-based solutions. The event’s theme will, however, explore the wider water, ecosystems and human development agenda. The varying backgrounds of participants will lend to enriching the debates and provide room for collaboration.

Water Youth Network at Stockholm World Water Week 2018

After a successful participation in the 8th World Water Forum in Brasilia (where our team was on over 20+ different panels, organized 9 satellite events and 2 side events along with a strong presence in the citizen’s booth and the Dutch Pavilion), Water Youth Network will be present at Stockholm World Water Week along with a delegation of young water professionals.

Our aim through our participation is to show that young people need to be engaged to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. Furthermore, as a global connector, the Network’s objective is to enable meaningful inter-generational dialogues. The Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), the organizer of the annual Stockholm World Water Week has particularly encouraged the participation of young professionals in sessions (with the introduction of Gold Standard Sessions) and have arranged for activities specific to young professionals (accessible here). This gives the Network the opportunity to engage with the water community and bring to the table ideas, strategies, experiences, knowledge, and youth-initiatives in water to the forefront.

Interested to know more about our planned activities at the event? Find out here.

Meet the Coordination Team! Click here.

Stockholm World Water Week 2018 Coordinator

Vincy Abraham is Water Youth Network’s Communications Coordinator. She was one of few young professionals selected by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) to receive full funding to participate at the Stockholm World Water Week 2018. Vincy is a policy, communications strategies, and partnerships development professional with a heart for spatial justice and equality especially in the access to basic services and amenities. She has authored several papers in the field of development and urban planning and has spoken on behalf of the youth and children constituency at the United Nations.

She is the Communications and Partnerships Manager at Apnalaya India, an organization working for sustainable development among underprivileged communities through their integrated community development programs in water and sanitation, livelihood, education and health.