Coordinating the UN's work on water and sanitation

World Water Week in Stockholm 2019

The 2019 edition of World Water Week takes place on 25-30 August in Stockholm, Sweden. During the week, UN-Water will convene various activities, sessions and events.

UN-Water events and sessions

  • Leaving No One Behind, the UN World Water Development Report
    • Organizer: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations / Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights / The World Bank Group / UN-Water / UNESCO International Hydrological Programme / UNESCO World Water Assessment Programme / United Nations Development Programme / United Nations Economic Commission for Europe / United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees / United Nations Human Settlements Programme / United Nations University – Institute for Integrated Management of Material Fluxes and of Resources / United Nations University-Institute for Water, Environment and Heath
    • Date and Time: Sunday 25 August | 14.00-15.30
    • Venue: Room: M2
    • Short description: Extreme events, environmental degradation, population growth, rapid urbanization, unsustainable and inequitable consumption patterns, conflicts and social unrest, and unprecedented migratory flows are among the interconnected pressures faced by humanity, often hitting those in vulnerable situations the hardest through their impacts on water.
      The 2019 edition of the World Water Development Report titled ‘Leaving No One Behind’ seeks to inform policy and decision-makers, inside and outside the water community, how improvements in water resources management and access to water supply and sanitation services are essential to overcoming poverty and addressing various other social, geographical and economic inequities. Addressing the inequalities faced by disadvantaged groups requires tailored solutions that take account of the day-to-day realities of people and communities in vulnerable situations. Evidence-based knowledge on challenges in ensuring equitable access to water supply and sanitation to design and adequately implement policies as well as appropriate institutional frameworks and efficient and proper use of financial resources, are vital to eliminating inequalities in human rights to accessing safe drinking water and sanitation.
    • Learn more.
  • Looking forward to Phase 2 of SDG 6 monitoring
    • Organizer: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations / UN Environment / United Nations Children’s Fund / United Nations Economic Commission for Europe / United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization / United Nations Human Settlements Programme / UN-Water / World Health Organization / World Meteorological Organization
    • Date and Time: Tuesday 27 August | 11.00-12.30
    • Venue: Room: M5
    • Short description: In embarking upon the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development with a dedicated goal on water and sanitation, credible data are needed to underpin sector advocacy, stimulate political commitment, inform decision making and trigger well-placed investment towards health, environment and economic gains. To be able to follow-up on and review progress towards SDG 6 we need evidence on the situation for water and sanitation in the world today. To support countries in monitoring water- and sanitation-related issues, and to report on global progress towards SDG 6, in 2014 UN-Water launched the Integrated Monitoring Initiative for SDG 6, which includes the eight UN agencies who are the custodians of the 11 SDG 6 indicators. January 2019 marked the start of Phase 2, which will see a focus on building the capacity and ownership of UN Member States on water and sanitation monitoring. This session will see a discussion of priorities and opportunities for Phase 2, and will include a demonstration and launch of the UN-Water SDG 6 Data Portal.
    • Learn more.
  • UN-Water Stakeholder Dialogue: 2019 GLAAS report
    • Organizer: UN-Water
    • Date and Time: Wednesday 28 August | 09.00-10.30
    • Venue: Room: L10
    • Short description: With the release of the 2019 UN-Water Global Analysis and Assessment of Sanitation and Drinking-water (GLAAS), this event provides an opportunity to discuss the main findings of the report that focuses on governance and in particular on national plans, policies and targets. Participants will engage in a dialogue on how we can strengthen national systems for water, sanitation and hygiene under the Sustainable Development Goals.
      The UN-Water GLAAS report provides policy- and decision-makers at all levels with a reliable, easily accessible, comprehensive and global analysis.
    • Learn more.
  • World Water Day 2020: Water and Climate Change
    • Organizer: UN-Water
    • Date and Time: Thursday 29 August | 14.00-15.30
    • Venue: Room: M1
    • Short description: Water is an important piece in the mitigation puzzle but the single most important key to adaptation. Changes in water availability will impact food security and have already proven to trigger refugee dynamics and political instability. With a changing climate, characteristics of hydrological extreme events will change. More floods and more severe droughts will await us in future.
      In 2019, the UN Secretary General will host a Climate Summit to boost ambition and accelerate actions to implement the Paris Agreement. In 2020, each country that has signed the Agreement will have outlined and communicated their post-2020 climate actions and this is also the year when World Water Day and the World Water Development Report will be dedicated to water and climate change.
      In this event participants will get an opportunity to learn more about water and climate change and identify ways to be actively involved in the World Water Day campaign.
      The 2020 World Water Day campaign is coordinated by the UN-Water Expert Group on Water and Climate.
    • Learn more.

Breakfast sessions for youth engagement

Morning briefings will be hosted in the UN-Water pavilion on different thematic areas every day. The sessions will enable youth to better understand the sector and engage in a conversation and meeting with the experts.

  • Organizer: UN-Water
  • Date and Time: Sunday 25 August to Thursday 29 August | 07.45-08.30
  • Venue: UN-Water pavilion, booth B04

Experts form the following organisations will meet and talk to the young leaders and young professionals;

  • Sunday August 25th: International Labour Organization (ILO), World Health Organization (WHO), World Bank Group and WaterAid.
  • Monday August 26th: United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).
  • Tuesday August 27th: Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), WaterLex and Sanitation and Water for All (SWA).
  • Wednesday August 28th: UN Environment, the Food Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida).
  • Thursday August 29th: World Meteorological Organization (WMO), United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

Open sessions in the UN-Water pavilion

  • Guidelines presentation on Local Resource-Based Approaches in Water Works
    • Organizer: International Labour Organization (ILO)
    • Date and Time: Tuesday 27 August | 14.00-16.00
    • Venue: UN-Water pavilion, booth B04
  • Interactive stand-up session with demonstration, to celebrate the launch of the SDG 6 Data Portal
    • Organizer: UN-Water
    • Date and Time: Tuesday 27 August | 17.30-18.30
    • Venue: UN-Water pavilion, booth B04

 Launch of the SDG 6 Data Portal

The SDG 6 Data Portal is the flagship product of UN-Water’s Integrated Monitoring Initiative for SDG 6. The portal brings together data on all the SDG 6 global indicators and other key social, economic and environmental parameters, and tracks overall progress towards SDG 6 at global, regional and national levels.

  • Interactive stand-up session with demonstration, to celebrate the launch of the SDG 6 Data Portal
    • Organizer: UN-Water 
    • Date and Time: Tuesday 27 August | 17.30-18.30
    • Venue: UN-Water pavilion, booth B04
  • Interactive SDG 6 DataLab
    • Organizer: UN-Water 
    • Date and Time: Sunday 25 August to Thursday 29 August | 12.30-14.00
    • Venue: UN-Water pavilion, booth B04
    • Short description: During the 2019 World Water Week DataLab sessions will be hosted in the UN-Water Pavilion, where you can learn more about the SDG 6 Data Portal and how to use it, ask questions and discuss data availability and progress towards SDG 6.  

Facebook live interviews

During the 2019 World Water Week Facebook live interviews will be conducted in the UN-Water Pavilion with experts and representatives from the international community.

  • Organizer: UN-Water 
  • Date and Time: Sunday 25 August to Thursday 29 August | 15.30
  • Venue: UN-Water pavilion, booth B04
  • Experts participating: Representatives from International Labour Organization (ILO), Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), Sanitation and Water for All (SWA), the Food Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Thirst, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), UN Environment, UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), UN-Water, WaterAid, World Bank Group, World Health Organization (WHO) and World Meteorological Organization (WMO) will participate in the interviews.
  • Topics addressed: The interviews will address topics such as; the Sustainable Development Goals and objective to leaving no one behind; Children, water and conflict; Advocating for water, from a global perspective; Sanitation workers as a marginalised group; Pollution from source to sea; Water and climate change; International cooperation and water – the Swedish perspectives; The importance of data and progress towards achieving SDG 6; An update on global sanitation, drinking-water and hygiene facts; How our health is affected by microplastics in drinking water.
  • Take part: Follow, watch or interact in the interviews on the UN-Water Facebook page where one also may submit questions directly in the chat.

 

For those not attending the event, digital engagement is possible. Find out more, following UN-Water on Twitter and Facebook.