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World Water Week

AGWA Updates: World Water Week & AGWA Annual Report

We have published a special issue of our AGWA Updates newsletter in preparation for World Water Week in Stockholm. In this issue, you'll find details on AGWA's pre-WWW events, including our Ninth Annual Meeting. Also included is a link to this year's Annual Report, which is a great source of information on milestones from the past year, plans for the years ahead, and much more! Finally, we highlight a number of official WWW events involving AGWA and our close partners. We are excited about all of the upcoming events in Stockholm and we hope to see you there!

Still need more details on World Water Week? We have an entire page dedicated to that!

Submit Your Abstract for World Water Week 2019!

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.

From World Water Week: City Water Resilience Framework & Resilient Water Governance

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.

AGWA Updates: Annual Meeting & World Water Week

We have just published the latest issue of our internal newsletter, AGWA Updates. This is a special issue focused on our upcoming Annual Meeting and activities during World Water Week in Stockholm. It's a great resource regardless of whether or not you'll be attending WWW. Our Annual Report for 2017-2018 is also available through this issue. The report highlights milestones from the past twelve months and outlines our vision and prospects for the year ahead. Make sure to check out our World Water Week page for more details on all the events in Stockholm, including how to remotely join the Annual Meeting on 25 August. Read More...

Can't Attend World Water Week? Try Livestreaming!

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 and Facebook 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

AGWA Dinner in Stockholm Leading up to World Water Week

For anyone attending World Water Week in Stockholm, you are welcome to join fellow members of AGWA for an informal dinner on Friday, 24 August. The friendly dinner will take place the day before AGWA's Annual Meeting and two days before WWW officially kicks off. It's a great opportunity to catch up with fellow members, connect with colleagues, and meet new faces.

The dinner will take place at 8:00 pm at Waipo in Stockholm ( Check back on our World Water Week webpage for updated details in the coming week. If you are interested in attending, please fill out the RSVP form below to give us an idea for reservations and dietary restrictions. We hope to see you in Stockholm!


AGWA’s Policy Team: The Year Ahead

The AGWA policy agenda for 2018 is quickly filling up. Based on the successes of the previous few years in global policy, we are making some significant but subtle shifts in our work for this year.

Especially for the UNFCCC, we have done a lot of awareness raising — seeking water partners willing to stand with us to tell stories of the linkages between water and climate change, as well as partnerships within the UNFCCC and national signatories. This work has been critical as well as dramatically successful. We clearly need to keep pursuing this path, but by itself awareness raising is no longer sufficient.

Beginning in late 2017, we began pivoting to describe more specific recommendations for how the UNFCCC can receive “plumbing”: which institutions, issues, and processes within the UNFCCC need resilient water knowledge, and how do we move towards building support and then implementing these recommendations? In many ways, this also means that we need to move outside of the comfort zone of other water-centered organizations.

For instance, urban resilience, disaster risk reduction (DRR), forestry and agriculture, energy and nature-based solutions are all growing areas of emphasis in global policy. How do we ensure that water knowledge is effectively represented in these areas? We must continue to cultivate a greater network of partners outside the traditional water community and we are pursuing ways to work more strategically, whether by participating in more major non-water meetings, such as the upcoming Adaptation Futures conference in Cape Town, or by partnering with organizations like the Red Cross or a broad set of the finance community to scale-up the impact of our work. 

This expanded focus also means that we need the full network to be involved to represent AGWA and to jointly articulate these issues and forge the necessary partnerships. Please volunteer and collaborate!

Last chance to submit your abstract or event proposal for World Water Week

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

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

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...

World Water Week starts this Sunday

World Water Week in Stockholm begins in just a couple of days. If you can't make it to the World Water Week this year, you can still follow the highlights and some key events online by using the official hashtag #WWWeek. Don't forget that AGWA will be hosting and speaking at events throughout the week. We have a whole page dedicated to our presence in Stockholm.

You can also follow World Water Week digitally! Watch #Live key events, such as the Opening Plenary, the Highlights from Stockholm Junior Water Prize ceremony/announcement and much more! You can find all livestreams during the week at Read More...

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."

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 ( 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:

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...

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 The report is freely available to view online or download using the same link. Read More...

AGWA Updates: World Water Week Edition

AGWA has just released the World Water Week edition of its newsletter - available here. This issue of AGWA Updates will provide you with all the information you need to know related to AGWA events before and throughout the week. It also includes a very important letter to the membership from AGWA's Co-Chairs. Take a look using the link above! Read More...

World Water Week: Last Call for Abstract and Event Submissions

The deadline for Abstract and Event Proposal Submissions for this year's World Water Week is this Sunday, January 24. Abstracts are now welcome from experts and actors of all disciplines who wish to present their work and research at the seminars during 2016 World Water Week in Stockholm. An abstract can be submitted for oral presentation or for poster presentation. More information about the abstract submission process can be found at Read More...

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...