World Water Week

When :

from Sunday 26 August, 2018
to Saturday 1 September, 2018

Type of event :

Category 8-Symposium

Where :

Stockholm, Sweden

Contact :

Alice Aureli (, Anil Mishra (, Sarantuyaa Zandaryaa (, Alexander Otte (

Hosted and organized by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), the World Water Week in Stockholm is the leading annual global event for addressing the planet’s water issues and related concerns of international development. Under the theme “Water, Ecosystems and Human Development”, leaders and experts from the world’s scientific, business, government and civic communities will gather in Stockholm from 26 to 31 August 2018 to exchange views, experiences and shape joint solutions to global water challenges.

The International Hydrological Programme (IHP) of UNESCO will be convening or co-convening a series of sessions during the 2018 World Water Week in Stockholm:

Sunday 26 August:

12h00 – 12h45: Mapping global karst groundwater: a tool to enhance water security (Room NL 253)
Brief description: This session aims at raising awareness on the importance of karst aquifer systems as it is one valuable freshwater resources for hundreds of millions of people worldwide and many large cities such as Rome, Damascus and Taiyuan. The session will also present the World Karst Aquifer Map (WOKAM) developed by UNESCO-IHP and partners within the framework of the World-wide Hydrogeological Mapping and Assessment Programme (WHYMAP).

Monday 27 August:

14h00 - 15h30: Microplastics in freshwater environments (Room: FH 307)
Microplastics in freshwater environments represent a growing concern in different parts of the world—even in remote areas. Yet, scientific knowledge on microplastics in freshwater is limited. The event presents the current state of scientific knowledge and policy frameworks on microplastics in freshwater, including results of the UNESCO-IHP International Initiative on Water Quality (IIWQ) assessment on microplastics in freshwater and wastewater in 16 countries. The assessment offers an important step towards developing appropriate policy solutions.

14h00 - 15h30: Presenting the global baseline situation for SDG 6 (Room: NL Pillar Hall)
Brief description: This session aims at presenting the baseline situation for the SDG Target on water and sanitation (SDG 6) and all its indicators, including indicator 6.5.2 for which UNESCO-IHP is a co-custodian agency with UNECE. The results that will be presented are based on data that has been generated and compiled with Member States for the past 18 months.

17h30-18h15: Stand-up session to celebrate the launch of the SDG 6 Indicator Reports (UN-Water Booth)
Brief description: This session aims at celebrating the launch of the SDG 6 Indicator Reports, including indicator 6.5.2 for which UNESCO-IHP is a co-custodian agency with UNECE.

Tuesday 28 August:

9h00 -10h30: AFRICA Focus - Groundwater governance and institutional management (Room NL Auditorium)
Brief description: This session aims at identifying the challenges facing the effective management of groundwater in Africa and reflecting on ways of improving it. UNESCO-IHP will present case studies on effective groundwater governance in which it has actively contributed.

12h00-12h45: Monitoring water quality using EO: UNESCO World Water Quality Portal (Room: FH Cabaret)
Reliable data on water quality is scarce, especially in developing countries where monitoring networks and capacity are lacking. Innovative approaches, such as Earth Observation (EO) can greatly enhance water quality data. The UNESCO World Water Quality Portal, developed by IHP’s IIWQ, pioneers monitoring freshwater quality using satellite data. The session will showcase the use of the platform and discuss the role of EO in the SDG monitoring.

16h00 - 17h30: SDG 6.5 on IWRM: From Global Status Reports to Accelerated Implementation (Room NL 353)
Brief description: This session will present why Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) and cooperation concerning transboundary rivers, lakes and aquifers are crucial as entry points to the achievement of other water-related SDG targets. It will do so by presenting key findings and recommendations of the baseline surveys for SDG indicators 6.5.1 and 6.5.2 from 2017/2018.

Wednesday 29 August:

09.00-09.30 : Achieving water-related SDGs: Managing emerging pollutants
(Room : Exhibition Hall)

This session will be livestreamed on:

The session highlights the need for appropriate solutions to manage emerging pollutants by improving knowledge and collecting data on emerging pollutants, prioritizing pollutants of critical concern, and developing effective policies through both prevention and control approaches. It also shares th state-of-the-art scientific and policy information on emerging pollutants, resulting from the UNESCO Project on Emerging Pollutants in Wastewater Reuse in Developing Countries, implemented by IHP’s IIWQ.

16h00 -17h30: Share, Conserve, Develop! Balancing it all in Transboundary Basins? (Room FH 202)
Brief description: This session aims at presenting how stakeholder-inclusive, multilevel governance cooperation mechanisms can consolidate an understanding that conserving ecosystems is essential for humans to thrive in our increasingly water-insecure. UNECO-IHP will contribute by highlighting the importance of women’s inclusion in transboundary groundwater resources governance.

Thursday 30 August:

Resilient Policies: Achieving SDG and UNFCCC Goals Through Water Management
Thursday 30 August | 14.00-15.30 | Room: NL Music Hall

Convenors: ClimateIsWater Initiative / Alliance for Global Water Adaptation / World Water Council / UNESCO International Hydrological Programme / International Union for Conservation of Nature / Stockholm International Water Institute / Arup

• Agenda 2030 and the Paris Agreement were both finalized in 2015, but their linkages are limited and as, policies remain difficult for countries to reconcile between the two processes. Water could be the missing ingredient to reconcile these two major goals, which could enable poverty alleviation and climate mitigation and prescribe adaptation policies as required.
• This session is an official UNFCCC Talanoa Dialogue event featuring experts working at all scales to link agendas and policies.

The UNESCO Water Family will also be represented through a dedicated booth in the Exhibition Hall.