By Edward Leung
World Water Week hosted by Stockholm International Water Institute had closed on Friday in Stockholm, Sweden. Meeting delegations concluded that water must be recognized as the enabler of successful implementation of the entire United Nations 2030 Agenda as well as the Paris Climate Agreement. ‘
World Water Week 2016 welcomed 3,100 participants from over 120 countries. Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) including the goal on water (Goal 6) was one of the key issues discussed by high-level policy makers, development and water professionals, researchers, civil society and private sector representatives.
“Water – the lifeline of our planet – will be needed to achieve nearly every Sustainable Development Goal, and to face the challenges that climate change presents,” said Karin Lex’s, Director of World Water Week at SIWI.
World Water Week offered an opportunity for key actors to meet and take stock of progress towards the SDGs and the Paris Climate Agreement, from a water perspective. The Week will provide an annual update, tracking water in the global development agreements.
Throughout the Week, there was a focus on implementation and action, particularly on local and city level, marking a transition from the global discussions and negotiations that led to the adoption of the SDGs and the Paris Climate Agreement in 2015.
The Week also welcomed representatives of the High-Level Panel on Water, established earlier this year by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki -moon and World Bank President Jim Kim, with the aim of furthering the water-related SDGs. The Panel representatives used the Week to get input from the wider water and development community.
“In order to achieve the SDGs; city and local leaderships are crucial; that is where we will find the drive. It is also important that civil society, businesses, and social entrepreneurs are engaged, to learn from each other to create smart, viable and sustainable partnerships. Water is too important to keep inside the water community – water is a central part of the entire society,” said SIWI’s Executive Director Torgny Holmgren .
This was underlined by Sweden’s Environment Minister Karolina Skog : “Water is a shared resource and a shared responsibility. The private sector has an important part to play. It has the competence, the technology and the ability to invest.” BM
Information about Stockholm International Water Institute and World Water Week: http://www.siwi.org and http://www.worldwaterweek.org