World Water Week Closes with a Call for Special Focus on Water in Development

Sep 06, 2013, 10:12 ET from Stockholm International Water Institute

STOCKHOLM, September 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

The 2013 World Water Week, focusing on cooperation and partnerships, closed today with a call for the United Nations to put special emphasis on water when it considers the post-2015 global development agenda.

As input to the United Nations General Assembly later this month, the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) presented the Stockholm Statement during the closing ceremony of the World Water Week in Stockholm. The Statement, a result of an open and inclusive consultation process before and during the Week, calls for a dedicated goal on water as the world body considers the post-2015 global development agenda.

Mr Torgny Holmgren, Executive Director of SIWI, said of the Stockholm Statement: "A great collaborative effort before and during the World Water Week has resulted in a forward-looking document on the role we believe water must have in shaping the future development agenda for our globe. It is an expression of the high level of expertise and dedication I see all around me in the water community".

The Stockholm Statement says that water, given its centrality to individuals, ecosystems and economic development, sits at the very core of sustainable global development. Therefore, "a dedicated goal on water is necessary for a world where all people can live in safety and dignity". By the year 2030 the world must have achieved a doubling of global water productivity, a realisation of the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation, and increased resilience to water-related disasters.

In over 100 seminars, workshops and events spread throughout the week, over 2,600 participants have discussed and debated the most pressing water challenges of our time under the thematic umbrella "Water Cooperation - Building Partnerships".

"This Week has brought together an unprecedented number of professionals here in Stockholm. We have listened to world leaders, government representatives, scientists, members of the private sector and civil society. Every single one of them contributes to the work toward a water wise world. The high level of discussions and debate on theory, policy and concrete solutions reinforces the position of the World Water Week as the main global meeting place on water and development, where the future agenda on water related challenges is set," said Ms Karin Lexén, Director of the World Water Week at SIWI.

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SOURCE Stockholm International Water Institute