World Water Week in Stockholm
During World Water Week in Stockholm, organized by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), institutions gathered to share perspectives on what has been achieved with regard to the Millennium Development Goals and to propose new work plans for sustainable development goals.
With the collaboration of The Guardian and SIWI, we organized a panel on the topic “How to work together to incorporate knowledge on water into climate policy?’’ The discussion between world leaders covered the pertinence of including water as a priority in the UN’s climate agenda for the imminent meeting of the COP 21 in Paris. The panel was moderated by The Guardian, and comprised of representatives of the World Water Council, World Economic Forum, World Water Week, General Mills, World Wildlife Fund and FEMSA Foundation. The topic generated much interest in the +100 attendees and the session went over its allotted time by around 20 minutes. The consensus of the panel was that COP 21 is not the end of the process, but rather one step to be taken.
We also collaborated in the Latin America and Caribbean Day with the Inter-American Development Bank, and other organizations, to discuss urgent water-related topics. We set out action plans and strategies to approach sustainable development goal number six dedicated to water. Finally, we supported the presentation of the book Water and Cities in Latin America – Challenges for Sustainable Development, which was coordinated by the Water Center for Latin America and the Caribbean along with SIWI, UNEP and CAF.