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One Month Left for World Water Week Early Bird Pricing

You only have one month left to register for World Water Week at a special Early Bird discount. Register by June 30th to take advantage of this reduced rate.

Join the global discussion on critical water issues with experts from the world’s scientific, business, government and civic communities. This year's theme is "Water and waste: reduce and reuse."
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Nominations for the 2018 Stockholm Water Prize are now being accepted

Do you know an outstanding woman, man or organization who has made significant contributions to the sustainable use and protection of the world’s water resources? Since 1991, Stockholm Water Prize has recognized individuals and organizations from various fields and continents for their important work.

You can now submit your nomination for the 2018 Stockholm Water Prize! Remember that anyone can submit a nomination, and it only takes a few minutes to do so.
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Policy Group's New Briefing Document: Gender Dimension of Water and Climate Change

The AGWA policy group, coordinated by SIWI, has released a new policy brief outlining the gender dimension of water and climate change.

The latest policy brief from AGWA's Policy Group focuses on the importance of coherence between gender-responsive climate policies and the balanced participation of women and men in climate policy dialogue. Women are often made more vulnerable from the adverse impacts of climate change, especially in developing countries. At the same time, women also play a crucial role as change agents for successful adaptation to climate change.

This policy brief, prepared by SIWI and AGWA, is a contribution to the discussions and activities at UNFCCC meetings in order to improve understanding and application of gender and water knowledge in the climate arena. You can find out more on the AGWA Policy Group by visiting our Policy page. Read More...
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Stockholm Water Prize to be Announced on World Water Day (March 22)

On World Water Day (March 22) SIWI will be announcing this year's recipient of the Stockholm Water Prize. The world’s most prestigious water award, Stockholm Water Prize, honours women, men and organizations whose work contributes to the conservation and protection of water resources, and to the well-being of the planet and its inhabitants.

The announcement will be broadcast live on Facebook and shared on social media channels. To view the live broadcast, you are encouraged to follow SIWI on Facebook (www.facebook.com/SIWImedia) and to use #StockholmWaterPrize. The announcement will take place at 10 a.m. CET.

To receive the official press release immediately following the announcement, sign up for SIWI's mailing list. For more information about the Stockholm Water Prize please visit: http://www.siwi.org/prizes/stockholmwaterprize/.
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Policy Group's New Briefing Document: Water a success factor for implementing the Paris Agreement

The AGWA policy group, coordinated by SIWI, has released a new policy brief outlining successful steps towards implementation of the Paris Agreement.

One of the keys to fulfill the goals set in the Paris Agreement will be wise water management. Water was on the agenda at the UN Climate Change Conference in Marrakesh (COP22), and its key role in strengthening resilience to climate change cannot be overstated. The role of water holds great potential for synergies in adaptation and mitigation, as illustrated in the priorities outlined in the national climate plans. In this policy brief, developed by members of the AGWA policy group, recommendations on how water can inform the implementation of the Paris Agreement, illustrated through its role in the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) are presented.

You can find out more on the AGWA Policy Group by visiting our Policy page.
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Water & climate change policy: A brief history for future progress | Part 3

The final installment in a series of three articles on water and climate change policy has just been released by Global Water Forum. The three-part series is written by a group of AGWA members including the Co-Chairs, Coordinator, and Policy Group members. The articles will examine the co-evolution of water and climate change policy over the past 20 years. Part three explores the period from the most recent global climate policy conference to the present day, with speculation about where we may see water and climate policy headed into the future.
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Water & climate change policy: A brief history for future progress | Part 2

The second installment in a series of three articles on water and climate change policy has just been released by Global Water Forum. The three-part series is written by a group of AGWA members including the Co-Chairs, Coordinator, and Policy Group members. The articles will examine the co-evolution of water and climate change policy over the past 20 years. Part two also tells the story of AGWA's creation.
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Water & climate change policy: A brief history for future progress | Part 1

The first in a series of three articles on water and climate change policy has just been released by Global Water Forum. The three-part series is written by a group of AGWA members including the Co-Chairs, Coordinator, and Policy Group members. The articles will examine the co-evolution of water and climate change policy over the past 20 years. No matter what your level of policy knowledge is, this article is definitely worth your time.
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NWP Video on SDG 13: Taking urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

The Nairobi Work Programme (NWP) has produced a video series on SDG 13, including an installment featuring AGWA member Karin Lexén of SIWI. The Sustainable Development Goal 13, “Taking urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts”, is vital for the achievement of all Sustainable Development Goals. Sven Harmeling (CARE International), Karin Lexén (SIWI) and Colin McQuistan (Practical Action) discuss why action on climate change is urgently needed, introduce their organizations’ engagement in taking stronger climate action and highlight priority areas of intervention.

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Reflections from COP22: AGWA Featured in OOSKAnews Podcasts

In November, OOSKAnews attended and reported on the UN Climate Change Conference (COP22), convened by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and hosted by the Kingdom of Morocco in the city of Marrakesh. OOSKAnews met with a number of "water community" participants and attendees in the context of efforts to promote the water agenda in the global climate discussion. The resulting podcasts include interviews with two of AGWA's own: Karin Lexén of SIWI and AGWA's Coordinator John Matthews.





To view the other OOSKAnews interviews, visit https://www.ooskanews.com/story/2017/01/un-climate-change-conference-water-focus_174177.
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Participate in 2017 World Water Week!

In the recently released Call for Engagement document, SIWI invited organizations and individuals to become involved in 2017 World Water Week through event hosting and abstract submission. In these pages, SIWI presents the thematic scope as well as the nine core seminars, and provides you with the information needed to submit abstracts and event proposals for the Week. Submit today! Online submissions are being accepted until January 22nd on the World Water Week website. Read More...
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SIWI Publishes "The Water Report 2016" in Leadup to WWW

SIWI's Water Report follows and analyzes current and long-term issues that are central to building a water-wise world. The Water Report 2016 discusses Water and Migration, Water in the 2030 Agenda and the Paris Agreement, as well as Water for Sustainable Growth.

SIWI has published this report in advance of World Water Week, which takes place 28 August - 2 September in Stockholm. You can see the full press release at http://www.siwi.org/publications/the-water-report-2016/. The report is freely available to view online or download using the same link. Read More...
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Ecosystem-based Adaptation Event at UNFCCC Climate Change Conference

On May 16, Conservation International held a side-event at the UNFCCC Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany, in partnership with IUCN, UNEP, the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) titled “Ecosystem-based adaptation: a driving force for achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement”. It sought to encourage discussion on how EbA can, and must, play an important role in achieving the Goals of these two global agreements, with presentations from all partners.

One of the key take-away messages was the sheer ubiquity of the role of ecosystems across sectors (e.g., food security, disaster risk reduction) in supporting the global goal on adaptation articulated in the Paris Agreement last December and in many of the 169 Targets comprising the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. The role of nature is often unarticulated but is implicit and critical to the achievement of those Targets. Moreover, it is often through climate change-driven shifts in the availability of freshwater (too much and too little) that the role of ecosystems is manifest (e.g., in the context of "green infrastructure" and its potential to help people adapt to those changes). Hence, knowledge and innovation that helps guide public and private sector investments in water infrastructure will be key to achieving not only Goal 6 (Clean Water and Sanitation), but also in supporting Goal 2 (Zero Hunger), Goal 3 (Good Health and Well-being), Goal 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities), Goal 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production) and beyond.

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High Level Event on Water: The bridge between SDGs and climate implementation

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“This is our moment for ground-breaking transformational change on water, climate change and sustainability. Let us not fail to deliver," UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson said at a recent event at UN Headquarters this week.

The event was held on the eve of the UNGA High Level Thematic Debate on Achieving the SDGs and signing of the Paris Agreement on climate change in New York, and aimed to bring attention to the importance of water as a connector between these global agendas. It was hosted by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) and the Permanent Mission of Sweden, in partnership with the Alliance for Global Water Adaptation (AGWA), WaterAid and the Rockefeller Foundation.

The event, Building a Resilient Future through Water – Connecting the 2030 Agenda and the Paris Agreement, sought to highlight possible strategies for delivering on the 2030 Agenda and strengthening climate resilience through wise water management, and ways the implementation of the 2030 and climate agendas can be better integrated – with water as a useful connector. It featured a keynote address by the UN Deputy Secretary-General as well as a high-level panel including the Delegate Minister in Charge of Environment in Morocco (COP22 President), the Minister of the Environment in Jordan, the Permanent Representative of Mauritius to the UN, and the Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the UN and event partners, WaterAid and The Rockefeller Foundation.

You can find the full article highlighting the entire event on SIWI's website at http://www.siwi.org/news/water-the-bridge-between-sdgs-and-climate-implementation/. Read More...
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Joint Proposal on Water Resilience – adaptation and mitigation to climate change

At the 70th Session of the UN General Assembly, the Sustainable Development Goals were signed off by 193 countries and formally adopted. This is great news for the climate adaptation community. In addition, the French, Swedish and Peruvian governments presented the countries’ joint proposal, which concerns the central nature of climate and water issues to sustainable development, at a high-level seminar in New York. Read More...
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AGWA Guide and Risk Assessment Websites Now Online

AGWA has released a new resource for water managers interested in learning how to mainstream climate adaptation into their work. The AGWA Guide is now available at http://agwaguide.org. This resource is intended to serve as more of a self-exploration guide to the broader literature while simultaneously providing more detailed descriptions of current thinking and implementation on sustainable water resources management approaches.

For those interested in emerging risk assessment methodologies, please check out AGWA’s other new site on decision scaling and eco-engineering decision scaling (EEDS). On this site (http://agwaguide.org/EEDS) you’ll also find videos, interviews, and information on a new Nature Climate Change paper on EEDS, including a link to the publication. Read More...
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