22/03/19 Filed in: Publications
As more people flock to cities around the globe, increasing demands are being placed on urban water systems. Climate change and other unprecedented stressors will exacerbate the challenges related to cities' water security in the decades to come. Developed by Arup and SIWI, the City Water Resilience Approach
(CWRA) is designed to help cities grow their capacity to anticipate and mitigate water-related shocks and stressors. To commemorate World Water Day, the CWRA team has released a new set of publications
to help share information and build capacity for urban water resilience. Read More...
20/12/18 Filed in: Online course
Water is the defining issue of our age. That's why the United Nations SDG Academy and SIWI have joined forces to create the open course Water: Addressing the Global Crisis
, covering the latest water trends.
Unpredictable and unsustainable access to water is a rapidly growing problem and one of the world’s greatest risks. We must learn to manage water more wisely, fairly and sustainably to avoid global crisis.
The course brings you some of the world’s leading experts and practitioners and is aimed at development professionals, private sector actors, water activists and advanced students. Read More...
12/12/18 Filed in: Call for Engagement
World Water Week welcomes abstracts from experts and actors of all disciplines who wish to present their work and research at the scientific seminars during World Water Week in Stockholm.
Organized by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) and held annually in Stockholm, World Water Week is the focal point for the globe’s water issues. Experts, practitioners, decision-makers, business innovators, and young professionals from a range of sectors and countries come to Stockholm to network, exchange ideas, foster new thinking, and develop solutions to the most pressing water-related challenges of today.
Submissions for abstracts, events and Young Scientific Programme Committee are already open. The submission deadline for the 2019 World Water Week is 20 January 2019
Please read more about the nine seminar topics here
and on how to submit on the World Water Week submission site
. Read More...
03/12/18 Filed in: Policy Brief
AGWA's Policy Group continues to push for greater integration of resilient water management approaches within the global climate change agenda. Together with SIWI, the Policy Group has prepared several position papers and policy briefs covering a wide range of topics in advance of COP24. Access them below. Read More...
08/10/18 Filed in: Article
The columns in OOSKAnews Voices
provide a global platform for organizations and individuals to promulgate their views and messages. This article from AGWA's Coordinator proposes that cities are the landscape where most climate adaptation occurs, and that water is at the heart of these plans of action. Dr. Matthews takes the long view on resilience, comparing the lengthy but necessary courses of actions taken by cities to improve resilience to the historic processes of cathedral building. Both are "messy affairs, achieving perfection and persistence through adaptive management, patience, and clear vision." Specific attention is given to two parallel initiatives taking place in and around Mexico City to increase resilience.
"Listening to speakers, I wondered if CDMX is effectively building a new cathedral — this one to water and climate change..." Read More...
AGWA is part of an ongoing effort to help make cities more prepared for and resilient to shocks and stresses to their water systems. The City Water Resilience Framework is a project developed by Arup with support from The Rockefeller Foundation. Leaders from the project gathered together at World Water Week last month to discuss early observations, reflect on the importance of governance, and lay out the potential role of the Framework in helping cities prioritize actions and investments to become more resilient.
12/09/18 Filed in: Announcement
It is already time to start submitting nominations for the next Stockholm Water Prize. Our colleagues at SIWI are seeking nominees that have made great contributions to the water community. The nomination period is open until 30 September. From SIWI:
"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. All who have made extraordinary water-related achievements are eligible. Submit your nomination
! Anyone can submit and it only takes a few minutes to do so."
Find more details about the nominating process and eligibility requirements at http://www.siwi.org/prizes/stockholmwaterprize/nominate/
. Read More...
20/08/18 Filed in: World Water Week
In an attempt to reach beyond the walls of World Water Week and engage a wider water conscious audience, SIWI will be broadcasting a number of events live on Vimeo
throughout the Week. They have selected a number of events and seminars to be featured on their website as well. You can watch the preview the lineup and watch the videos live at http://www.worldwaterweek.org/pressroom/live/
. Read More...
18/01/18 Filed in: Announcement
Want to host an event or a take part in a seminar during this year's World Water Week in Stockholm? Now is your last chance! Submissions for events and abstracts close this Sunday, 21 January. Hosting an event during World Water Week
SIWI welcomes all water-related event proposals and proposals that expand on topics raised in the thematic scope such as the 2030 Agenda, green/grey solutions, diversity, water governance, ecosystem values, human health and ecosystems, financing strategies, industrial perspectives, urbanization and sustainable growth. For more information and event proposal guidelines and fees, please visit SIWI's events page
or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.Presenting your scientific work in a seminar
Actors from all disciplines who wish to present their research in the seminars during World Water Week are welcome to submit abstracts. Abstracts can be submitted on any subject related to the issues being addressed by the seminars. The different seminar topics and more information can be found here
. For questions, contact email@example.com.Upcoming deadlines
1 February - Showcase and Field visit submissions will open (deadline 15 March)
16 March - Sofa and Exhibition submissions will open (deadline 30 April) Read More...
05/12/17 Filed in: Policy
The 2nd annual Water Action Day, held 10 November 2017 at COP23 in Bonn, Germany was largely successful, bringing together an exceptional group of over 100 speakers representing a diverse range of stakeholders and viewpoints including national and international financial institutions, national ministries, farmers organisations, NGOs, basin networks, civil society, the private sector, local governments, indigenous groups, and youth. The organizers, including AGWA, recently published the Water Action Day Outcomes Document
, which gives a brief overview of our priorities over the next few years and will guide our actions during this time. These include:
- Scale up collaboration between Climate and Water communities in preparation of the COP24 and beyond by contributing to the Global Climate Action Marrakech Partnership and the overall UNFCCC process, showcasing how wise water management can support the delivery of the Paris Agreement, the 2030 Agenda and the Sendai Framework targets.
- Through the water-focused basin networks, continue efforts to expand and improve adaptive water management projects and increase the capacity of basin communities to address climate adaptation and mitigation.
- Improve and increase water-sound climate financing by working with a broad spectrum of finance institutions to ensure mechanisms are in place for water-intensive climate investments to adopt resilient water resource management, in order to better respond to uncertain climate impacts.
The full document is available here: http://alliance4water.org/resources/cop_23_outcome-waterday_final.pdf
. Read More...
14/09/17 Filed in: Policy Brief
AGWA and SIWI have prepared a policy brief to improve understanding of the linkages between freshwater and oceans when it comes to climate change.
The interface between freshwater and oceans captures the vital development and environmental challenges of our time. Coastal communities and Small Island Developing States (SIDS) face increasing socio-economic and environmental risks as a result of climate change. These risks significantly constrain their ability to achieve a sustainable development; and for some, threaten their territorial integrity, economic viability, and survival at large. View or download the document here
. Read More...
31/05/17 Filed in: Announcement
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." Read More...
19/05/17 Filed in: Announcement
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. Read More...
08/05/17 Filed in: Policy Brief
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...
16/03/17 Filed in: Announcement
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/SIWI
water) 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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07/03/17 Filed in: Policy Brief
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
. Read More...
21/02/17 Filed in: Articles
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. Read More...
13/02/17 Filed in: Articles
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. Read More...
08/02/17 Filed in: Articles
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. Read More...
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. Read More...
17/01/17 Filed in: Interview | Podcast
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
. Read More...
08/12/16 Filed in: Call for Engagement
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...
18/08/16 Filed in: Report
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...
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. Read More...
22/04/16 Filed in: Article
“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...
05/10/15 Filed in: Policy
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...
23/09/15 Filed in: New AGWA Websites
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...