Water is everybody‘s business. And the younger generations are on a mission to take the lead globally, as evident during World Water Week 2018.
The world’s leading annual water event, World Water Week, organized by Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), closed on Friday. More than 3,600 participants from 133 countries attended nearly 300 sessions. Known for its diverse participation from different sectors and countries, participants under 35 were more vocal than ever this year. The importance of this was underlined by SIWI’s Executive Director Torgny Holmgren: “We are on the right track!” he said, adding: “There are many great things going on.” Antonella Vagliente from Young Water Solutions stressed how young people from indigenous backgrounds are turning traditional knowledge into new businesses.
This year’s theme ‘Water, ecosystems and human development’, focused on nature-based solutions and how they can be combined with conventional practices. The message was clear – a combination of green and grey approaches is the only way forward. During the Week, H.R.H. Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden presented the Stockholm Water Prize to Professors Bruce Rattan, USA, and Mark van Loosdrecht, The Netherlands, and awarded the Stockholm Junior Water Prize to Caleb Liow Jia Le and Johnny Xiao Hong Yu, Singapore.
The 2019 World Water Week will be held 25-30 August on the theme Water for society – including all. It will move to a new venue, the multi-purpose, Tele2 Arena in central Stockholm.