The Director-General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay, will travel to Sweden on 29 and 30 August to participate in the Stockholm World Water Week, a global event on the theme of water. On this occasion, she will meet King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden and Crown Princess Victoria to express gratitude for Sweden's structural support to UNESCO.
The Director-General will participate in the award ceremony of the 28th Stockholm Water Prize, also known as the “Nobel Water Prize,” awarded every year since 1991 to women, men or organizations whose work has provided outstanding contributions to sustainability in relation to water. The award ceremony will take place in the presence of the Crown Princess.
In addition, Ms Azoulay will be the special guest at the high-level session dedicated to building a resilient future through water. The session will focus in particular on progress in the water sector since the adoption of Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development and the Paris Climate Agreement. On this occasion, the Director-General will recall UNESCO's role in improving water resources management through the International Hydrological Programme (IHP), the World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP), as well as the work of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC).
The Director-General's visit is part of the reinforcement of Sweden’s strategic partnership with UNESCO. An unprecedented cooperation agreement for an additional US$ 48 million over a four-year period was signed between UNESCO and Sweden on 10 July. It concerns funding for UNESCO’s activities in the fields of education, freedom of expression, the promotion of basic freedoms and the diversity of cultural expressions. Sweden's level of voluntary contributions to UNESCO's programmes totals $100 million, making it one of the organization's leading supporters today.