2016 World Water Week
August 28-September 02, 2016Stockholm, Sweden

World Water Week in Stockholm is the annual focal point for the globe’s water issues. It is organized by SIWI. This year, the theme is Water for Sustainable Growth.

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. 

The World Bank Group will convene and participate in several sessions, which are listed on the "Sessions" tab. You can also follow along via Twitter using #wwweek.





The full program is available here.

Below are a list of World Bank Group (co)-convened sessions and sessions with World Bank Group participating speakers.

August 28 August 29 August 30 August 31 September 1



City-Wide Sanitation Services: Recent Thinking and Experiences
Event: Sunday 9:00am - 10:30am, FH 202
Convenor(s): Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit; Sustainable Sanitation Alliance; UNDP-SIWI Water Governance Facility; Water Global Practice of the World Bank Group and WaterAid

Urban sanitation is a key challenge in the pathway towards the Sustainable Development Goal’s ambition of Universal Access by 2030, due to both the rapid informal urbanisation processes and the lack of clarity on how to deliver sustainable sanitation services city-wide, with inclusion of the poor.

Across the WASH sector, there is increased engagement in urban sanitation, with new actors entering the arena. Stakeholders are keen to increase dialogue and coordination to ensure that lessons are shared and learnt widely, addressing some gaps that are currently affecting outcomes and harmonisation at the implementation level.

An initial presentation will set the scene of the urban sanitation sector, based on recent research from WaterAid. A marketplace will follow, where the space will be divided in several areas, where different organisations will present city sanitation experiences.
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Results-Based Financing for Water Supply in Urban and Peri-Urban Areas
Event: Sunday 9:00am - 10:30am, NL 357
Convenor(s): Global Partnership on Output-Based Aid and The World Bank Group

Results-based financing/output-based aid (RBF/OBA) approaches can provide innovative solutions to common development challenges found in the delivery of water supply services in rapidly urbanizing areas in developing countries. The event will include a discussion of urban water experience using results-based financing by a panel of senior officials from Kenya’s Water Service Trust Fund and Water Services Regulatory Board and the World Bank. Case studies on blended financing mechanisms in Kenya, and results-based financing applicability to irrigation schemes in other countries will be discussed.
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Managing Groundwater Resources for Sustainable Growth
Event: Sunday 9:00am - 12:30pm, FH Little Theatre
Convenor(s): Alliance for Global Water Adaptation; Global Water Partnership; LEAD; Ministry of Water Resources, River Development, and Ganga Rejuvenation, India; Stockholm International Water Institute and Water Global Practice of the World Bank Group

Water Global Practice of the World Bank Group and LEAD Pakistan will host an event to discuss best practices and innovative solutions for sustainable groundwater management in South Asia. Rising scarcity of surface flows, coupled with increasing socio-economic pressure, has made South Asia one of the most water stressed regions in the world. Subsequently, groundwater is increasingly supplanting surface water in all consumptive sectors. However long term viability of groundwater dependent economies is threatened from rapid resource depletion. In South Asia, unsustainable extraction is causing unreliable water supplies, saline intrusion, land subsidence and drying of wetlands. Climate change is projected to further intensify sectoral competition for water.

The event will unbundle challenges and innovative solutions for sustainable groundwater management.
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SWA: Contributing to the Follow-up and Review of SDG 6
Side Event: Sunday 02:00pm - 03:30pm, NL Pillar Hall / Pelarsalen
Convenor(s): Sanitation and Water for All

This event will provide an opportunity to discuss Follow-up and Review of progress on issues such as the elimination of inequalities in access to water and sanitation. SWA partners will present their understanding of the “Collaborative Behaviours” being promoted by SWA to increase development effectiveness in the water, sanitation and hygiene sector, how these will be monitored, and how they relate to the Follow-up and Review process.
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WEF Nexus Platform: Achieving the Water, Energy and Food SDGs
Event: Sunday 04:00pm - 05:30pm, FH 202
Convenor(s): Asian Development Bank; Deloitte Consulting LLP; Global Water Partnership; International Food Policy Research Institute; International Union for Conservation of Nature; International Water Management Institute; OCP Policy Center; Stockholm Environment Institute; Texas A&M University and The World Bank Group

This event focuses on how implementation of the Water Goal (SDG 6) impacts and is impacted by the food and energy goals. Moving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into the implementation phase requires extensive effort using holistic, multidisciplinary approaches for which the water–energy–food Nexus thinking can be a useful platform. While we work toward achieving all 17 goals, we must also understand the level of interconnectedness and the potential competition between them. For example, during the implementation phase, how do we achieve the water goal without sacrificing the food security goal, given that food security is inherently dependent upon the availability of water? The post 2015 agenda and its implementation will have implications for how the nexus platform evolves and is used for holistically assessing the implementation and monitoring protocols for the SDGs. These approaches need to be complementary to the SDGs, to facilitate science-based decision making, monitoring, assessment and cooperation. 
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Innovative Tools for Achieving Sanitation SDGs through Results-Based Financing
Event: Sunday 04:00pm - 05:30pm, NL 461
Convenor(s): Global Partnership on Output-Based Aid and The World Bank Group

Results-based financing/output-based aid (RBF/OBA) offers innovative solutions to sanitation challenges in varying environments. In this session, participants will have the opportunity to evaluate evidence that points to the effectiveness of results-based financing, critically examine four diverse sanitation initiatives in Kenya, Sri Lanka, Ghana, and Bangladesh that include results-based financing and trends in financial innovation, and determine how the knowledge shared and collectively generated in the session can be applied to meet the sanitation Sustainable Development Goals.
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Water as a Driver for Sustainable Growth
Seminar: Monday 02:00pm - 05:30pm, FH 202
Convenor(s): Global Water Partnership; Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development; Stockholm International Water Institute and The World Bank Group

Water management is not only a goal in itself: it is a requirement to achieve a range of policy objectives. As explicitly acknowledged in the SDGs, sustainable growth strongly depends on water, and poor water management can hinder growth. At the same time, economic growth can add pressure on water resources, through risks of pollution or excessive consumption; economic growth also increases the value of assets at risks of flooding. It follows that water-related investments are essential to sustainable development and growth. While economic growth can enhance water-related risks, it also provides critical resources to mitigate them, including finance for capital-intensive investments in water-related infrastructure. A better understanding of the role of water in sustaining economic growth is essential to meet the SDGs. It can make water and economic development policies mutually supportive, with multiple benefits in terms of equity, the environment, and public finance, now and in the future.
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Water and Jobs: the UN World Water Development Report
Event: Monday 02:00pm - 03:30pm, FH 307
Convenor(s): International Labour Organization; UN World Water Assessment Programme and UN-Water

The United Nations World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP) of UNESCO will present the main findings and messages of the United Nations World Water Development Report 2016 (WWDR 2016) focusing on the theme ‘Water and Jobs’. The session aims to inform general public, policy- and decision-makers, that addressing the critical connection between water and jobs through coordinated policies and investments, is prerequisite to sustainable development in developed and developing countries.
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Opportunities of Market-Based Programming to Address Humanitarian WASH Needs
Event: Monday 04:00pm - 05:30pm, FH Congress Hall C
Convenor(s): Catholic Relief Services; Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit; European Commission Directorate General for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection; Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, Germany; Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, Switzerland; German WASH Network; Global WASH Cluster; Oxfam-Great Britain and Sustainable Sanitation Alliance

Growing humanitarian needs, protracted and recurring crises, and changing environments of aid delivery, especially in middle-income countries like in the Middle East, have increasingly triggered discussion on humanitarian aid effectiveness, modalities and program-designs, also discussed at Stockholm WWW in the past years. Humanitarian organisations increasingly view market-based programing (incl. cash-transfer and vouchers) as an effective response to address humanitarian needs of affected people. 

The humanitarian WASH sector is still in its early stages of integrating market-based programming as a standard practice. Stockholm provides an exceptional platform for these discussions as it offers the opportunity for the humanitarian community to meet with development WASH experts, private sector and decision makers, who are experienced in working through markets.
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Financing Water Infrastructure for Sustainable Growth
Seminar: Tuesday 09:00am - 03:30pm, FH 300
Convenor(s): 2030 Water Resources Group; Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, The Netherlands ; Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development; Stockholm International Water Institute and World Water Council

Financing water-related investments is a major challenge for both developed and developing countries, as reiterated at the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (Addis Ababa, 2015). Addressing the risks of too much, too little, too polluted water, deteriorated water ecosystems and lack of access to water supply and sanitation - serving as hindrances to growth and sustainable development - require substantial investments in infrastructure, technology, risk management, knowledge creation, people and partnerships. A new look is required at financing water-related investments, which (a) makes the best use of existing sources of finance through proper project design, planning and sequencing, (b) harnesses new sources of finance, such as financial markets, carbon finance, long-term investors, and donor funding, and (c) optimizes the risk-return matrix to unlock higher commercial and blended financing.

The seminar will share recent developments and discuss options to secure the appropriate level of finance for water infrastructure and water security solutions.
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Build and Run to Last: Advances in Rural Water Services
Event: Tuesday 11:00am - 12:30pm, FH Congress Hall A
Convenor(s): IRC; Rural Water Supply Network and Water Global Practice of the World Bank Group

Reaching universal water access under the SDGs is a formidable challenge for many countries that are already struggling to sustain existing services. It is estimated that on average, between 30 to 40 percent of rural water systems in development countries are not functioning or performing below their expected levels.

This session will discuss how governments can best develop a holistic service delivery approach for rural water that sustains services and expands them to remote rural areas. Recognizing the operational challenges for rural water services and the recent advancements and diminishing cost of solar pump technology the session will showcase how solar pumping solutions can be a game-changer and contribute to the sustainability of water schemes.
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Past, Present and Future of Rural Sanitation Programs in India
Event: Tuesday 02:00pm - 03:30pm, NL Pillar Hall / Pelarsalen
Convenor(s): The World Bank Group; United Nations Children’s Fund; Water Global Practice of the World Bank Group

Rural sanitation has emerged as a political priority in India, as demonstrated by the ambitious national program – the Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM). This event will draw on lessons learned from previous generations of national sanitation programs and focus on the shift needed to meet the SDGs. It will highlight the innovative approaches within SBM - for example, shifting the focus from physical construction of toilets to changing people’s behaviors; and using fiscal incentives in measuring outcomes to change how sanitation is delivered at scale and nationally.

The opening presentation will be a ‘TedTalk’ on why SBM is different and how lessons from previous rural sanitation programs in India and other countries are incorporated into its design. It will highlight the role of Central, State and Local Governments and of development partners and communities to achieve rural sanitation targets. It will bring out how SBM directly addresses the SDG on sanitation. The 'TedTalk' will be followed by short presentations by a panel of experts and discussion.
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Eye on LAC: The Circular Economy of Water in Latin America
Seminar: Tuesday 04:00pm - 05:30pm, FH Congress Hall A
Convenor(s): CAF - Development Bank of Latin America; Inter-American Development Bank and The World Bank Group

In the water and sanitation sector, municipalities and industries have a duty to optimize their water cycle within the water basin in which they are located, being wastewater the natural starting point for the circular revolution. Taken from a sewer system, wastewater contains calories that are a permanent and renewable source of energy. Impurities in wastewater can be recovered for reuse or conversion, as in the case of valuable chemical compounds that are present in wastewater. However, the biggest economic potential may be represented by the organic matter discharged by domestic users.

Latin America still has a lot of room for improvement in reusing treated wastewater. This seminar will focus on the importance of advancing this agenda in the region and providing an outlook for the future.
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Understanding Risks and Maximizing Natural Infrastructure Benefits for Water Security
Event: Tuesday 04:00pm - 05:30pm, FH 300
Convenor(s): The Nature Conservancy and World Resources Institute

To identify ways to reduce landscape-level threats to drinking water and water supply, partners will highlight several cutting edge tools and technologies to: identify critical risks to watershed health and prioritize opportunities for intervention; articulate the business case and cost saving associated with natural infrastructure solutions; highlight the co-benefits of source water protection efforts; and launch a robust tool kit which synthesizes lessons learned and know-how from a decade worth of experimentation to increase replication and scaling of sustainable watershed management and restoration interventions to produce downstream water improvements.
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Water No Get Enemy! Drivers of Urban Water Supply Improvement
Event: Tuesday 04:00pm - 05:30pm, NL Pillar Hall / Pelarsalen
Convenor(s): The World Bank Group and Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor

In cities in developing countries, water access is a priority for enabling slum and other poor communities to break the poverty cycle. But urban utilities face daunting challenges, including: water scarcity, high water losses, lack of capital, artificially low tariffs, rapid city growth, and the perception that poor consumers don’t pay bills.

This event will share NEW research and practical findings and understanding of how some utilities have succeeded, seemingly against the odds. It will show that well run companies best understand that improving water supplies for the poor make business sense, and do not undermine financial viability and water security.
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Building freshwater resilience for all
Event: Tuesday 04:00pm - 05:30pm, FH 307
Convenor(s): The Rockefeller Foundation

Rising demand for fresh water among and within sectors leads to overuse of water supplies, degraded ecosystems and the associated loss of ecosystem services. Around the world, river basins are locked into water use regimes that foster patterns of water use that are incongruent to society’s water needs and contrary to its best long term interests. In times of growing scarcity, freshwater ecosystems and poor and vulnerable people commonly lose out to more powerful users.The event will assess the applicability of the principles and evaluate early evidence of their feasibility through case studies.
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Cracking the Water Finance Puzzle: Crowding in Private Finance
Event: Wednesday 09:00am - 10:30am, FH 300
Convenor(s): 2030 Water Resources Group; Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development and The World Bank Group

The water SDG’s represent a significant challenge in terms of identifying the financial resources to meet the various targets, such as universal access for water and sanitation and increased water efficiency. The World Bank estimates that the shortfall is $114 billion per annum to 2030 and it is clear that the current combination of public, private and donor resources is insufficient to make up the shortfall and maintain the existing and new water and sanitation infrastructure to meet the SDGs.Ultimately, financing the water SDG’s requires policy makers, service providers, donors, consumer and the private sector to map out a way forward to achieve this ambitious goal. The proposed session would be a panel discussion highlighting the following points:(1)What critical actions are needed to trigger the exponential increase in commercial financing that will be required to achieve the water SDG? (2) What are the most promising and scalable financing solutions that you have seen in practice? (3) What is needed to get beyond “project-by-project” solutions, and move blended finance into the mainstream? (4) Are there lessons in blended finance we can draw from other sectors?
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Africa Water and Sanitation Monitoring: Informing Policy, tracking progress
Event: Wednesday 09:00am - 10:30am, NL Auditorium / Aulan
Convenor(s): African Ministers' Council On Water; African Union Commission and UNEP-DHI Centre for Water and Environment

The event will include presentations on the main highlights of the Africa Monitoring and Reporting System. It will also show how AMCOW is aligning the monitoring and reporting to various global processes in order to better target resources and to support harmonisation of efforts to monitor Sustainable Development Goal targets and other high-level commitments for water and sanitation at national, regional and global levels. The System will be formally launched during the High-level Ministerial Panel.
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Social Inclusion: The Road to Social Sustainability and to SDG 6
Event: Wednesday 11:00am - 12:30pm, NL 357

What does social inclusion mean for SDG6? And how is it related to the idea of social sustainability. This session proceeds from the knowledge that both social inclusion and “social sustainability” mean many things to many people. Hence, its contribution to the global discourse will be to peel through conceptual layers and to apply ideas to policy and practice.
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Large Versus Small-Scale Irrigation:Framing the Level of Irrigation Investment Discourse
Event: Wednesday 02:00pm - 03:30pm, NL 357
Convenor(s): The World Bank Group

The multi-lateral community has been supporting Governments as they attempt to reform and develop their irrigation sector, and a question always posed to the operational teams is: what institutional, governance and financing frameworks are needed to address sustainability issues affecting management and development of irrigation and drainage systems.

Key objectives are to: (i) promote knowledge exchange to address issues around the sustainability of irrigation management looking at them in terms of how they apply to small-scale and large-scale irrigation systems; (ii) identify differences that that would inform decision making on the scale to pursue in irrigation investments.

Representatives from multilateral community will be invited to reflect on their own lessons learned and experiences. This will then be followed by a facilitated session intended to draw on the experience of the panelists and participants.
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Implementing the Water-Related SDG: An Inter-Regional Dialogue
Event: Wednesday 02:00pm - 03:30pm, FH Congress Hall A
Convenor(s): African Ministers' Council On Water; Asian Development Bank; CAF - Development Bank of Latin America; Inter-American Development Bank and The World Bank Group

2015 was the target year for achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). From 1990 to 2012, 2.3 billion people globally have gained access to improved water sources and almost 2 billion to improved sanitation. However, more than 700 million people, mostly in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, still use unimproved drinking water sources; and some 2.5 billion people unimproved sanitation facilities. The challenge for developing countries is now to commit to and pursue a new set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Water is central to this challenge. The new water-related SDG triggers a service universalization challenge, but goes beyond access, emphasizing topics such as service quality, wastewater management, water scarcity and use efficiency, integrated water resources management, and the protection and restoration of water-related ecosystems. The Post-2015 development agenda is here. It is time to discuss how we will effectively implement, measure and monitor it. This session will target questions such as: What are the major challenges the region faces for achieving the water-related SDG goal? What are the existing strategies already addressing these issues? What can we learn from other regions? What governance structures are needed to effectively implement, measure, and monitor the new goal?
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Opportunities for Mainstreaming Resource Recovery and Reuse in Developing Countries
Event: Wednesday 02:00pm - 03:30pm, NL Music Hall / Musiksalen
Convenor(s): Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Centre for Science and the Environment, India; Columbia University; International Water Management Institute; Water Global Practice of the World Bank Group and Water Research Commission

While resource recovery and reuse is gaining ground in many developed countries, significant efforts are required across the developing world to understand constraints and build on opportunities for recovering water, nutrients and energy in support of resilient cities as targeted in the nexus of SDG 6, 11 and 12, while lowering the associated carbon and pollution footprints.

The focus of this event is to explore the growing evidence-base on ‘what works’ in relation to RRR and how this could catalyze the achievement of the SDG targets also in low-income countries. The session will build on the analysis of over 50 successful and/or promising RRR cases from all parts of the globe, to encourage a dialogue between North and South about options to replicate the businesses and support the technologies, legislations and investment climate for converting current waste liabilities into assets.
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High Level Panel on Water
Event: Wednesday 02:00pm - 03:30pm, NL Pillar Hall / Pelarsalen

The objective is to give information and updates on the progress of the High Level Panel on Water and to provide an opportunity for dialogue between representatives of the panel members and the broader water community present at the World Water Week in Stockholm.
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Practical Solutions for Sustainable Small Water Enterprises in India
Event: Wednesday 04:00pm - 05:30pm, NL Music Hall / Musiksalen
Convenor(s): Safe Water Network and United States Agency for International Development

Small water enterprises (SWEs) are financially viable, socially inclusive businesses that offer real potential in making rapid and cost-effective progress towards Sustainable Development Goal 6. They should play a prominent role in filling the significant gap in safe water access between basic technologies and large infrastructure.

This event is focused at the enterprise level – the operations of SWEs – and the enabling environment required for scale.

A panel of experts from the government, development agencies, private sector and NGOs will address the critical elements necessary for SWEs to be successful.
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Impacts of Droughts and Floods in Cities: Policies and Governance
Event: Wednesday 04:00pm - 05:30pm, FH 307
Convenor(s): Institute of Water Policy, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

The overall objective of the session will be to analyse the impacts of droughts and floods in the resilience of several cities in developed and developing countries from the human, water, land, energy, food, and environment perspectives. In addition, how cities prepare, cope, manage and recover from these increasingly frequent extreme events. The session will include aspects such as preparedness, policy responses, legal and regulatory frameworks, roles of institutions (formal and informal), governance perspectives, economic, social and environmental considerations, infrastructure development, overall investments, and science and technology.
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International Water Law and Water-Related Investments: Reconciling Divergent Legal Regimes
Event: Thursday 09:00am - 10:30am, NL Music Hall / Musiksalen
Convenor(s): Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit; Global Environment Facility; Stockholm International Water Institute; The World Bank Group; UNESCO – Institute for Water Education and United Nations Economic Commission for Europe

As ever more investment in water-related infrastructure is carried out by foreign investors, e.g. in the hydropower sector, international water law and international investment law need to be reconciled. Arrangements such as bilateral investment treaties or concession agreements for specific projects often provide for an extensive protection of the investor’s interests, potentially affecting socioeconomic or environmental considerations of the respective state. This is particularly problematic in the case of international watercourses, where the interests of co-riparian states and their socioeconomic development and environmental considerations are affected as well. The event focuses on the linkages (or the lack thereof) between international investment law and international water law and asks which steps could be undertaken by different stakeholders in order to enhance synergies between these two fields in order to strengthen the sustainable development of shared water resources.
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Smart Subsidy for Sanitation: Experimental and Applied Evidence of Success
Event: Thursday 09:00am - 10:30am, FH 307
Convenor(s): Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; The World Bank Group and Thrive Networks

This event will feature presentations by implementating organizations and researchers examining the potential for accelerating the adoption of sanitation by vulnerable populations via the deployment of smart subsidies. Cases will be presented from Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, and Vietnam, including both randomized control experiments and observational studies associated with implementation research of large, scaled field programs.
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WASH Services in Fragile States: Accountability for sustainable service delivery
Event: Thursday 09:00am - 10:30am, NL Pillar Hall / Pelarsalen
Convenor(s): UNDP-SIWI Water Governance Facility; United Nations Children’s Fund and Water Global Practice of the World Bank Group

During protracted crisis multiple local coping strategies and external response mechanisms to urgent WASH needs emerge leading to a diverse set of service delivery models. Roles of donor, state, provider and citizen in WASH service delivery are often in flux and the relations among them weak, convoluted and in some cases non-existent.

How can the convoluted accountability mechanisms be realigned to ensure that investment in WASH strengthens – not undermines – the relationship between service delivery and state-building?

This session will examine 2 case studies of WASH service delivery (urban WS Sierra Leone and rural WS in Somalia) with the audience taking up specific roles as citizens, provider, state and donors.
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Water for Sustainable and Inclusive Cities: How to Induce Change?
Seminar Part 1 - Thursday 09:00am - 10:30am FH 300
Convenor(s): Global Water Operators' Partnerships Alliance at UN-Habitat ; Global Water Partnership; Stockholm International Water Institute; The World Bank Group and Water Environment Federation
Co-convenor(s): Global Water Operators' Partnerships Alliance at UN-Habitat ; Global Water Partnership; The World Bank Group and Water Environment Federation

Over the past 150 years the rapid growth of cities and poor management of urban water and waste has resulted in extensive degradation of the urban environments – including rivers, wetlands, estuaries and receiving water bodies. These are mistakes which we do not wish to repeat, and which, in many contexts, we desire to reverse the impacts to restore local ecosystem health and services.

This session will discuss possibilities for integrated urban water management to assist in providing essential urban services such as water, sewerage and drainage management while both minimising future risks and rehabilitating stressed urban ecosystems.
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Mountains, glaciers and hydropower in a changing climate
Event: Thursday 11:00am - 12:30pm, FH Congress Hall A
Convenor(s): International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development and Stockholm International Water Institute

Mountains worldwide are the water tower that provides food, energy and ecosystem services to billions of people living downstream. For instance, the Hindu Kush Himalayas (HKH) provides these services to 1.3 billion people. However, climate change coupled with socio-economic changes have put unprecedented pressure on these water resources. This seminar will highlight the role of mountains in providing water, food and energy for sustainable growth using examples from the Himalayas, the Alps and the Andes.
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Water for Sustainable and Inclusive Cities: How to Induce Change?
Seminar Part 2 - Thursday 11:00am - 12:30pm, FH 300

Conventional approaches to urban water service provision have significantly improved reliability of urban water quality and quantity, vastly improved public health through removing wastewater from the urban environment and providing protection from urban inundation and flooding. However, there is now an increasing call for a more widespread implementation of sustainable urban water service provision.
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Water for Sustainable and Inclusive Cities: How to Induce Change?
Seminar Part 3 - Thursday 02:00pm - 03:30pm, FH 300

This session will discuss the upcoming Habitat III conference on sustainable urban development, along with the sustainable development goals, private and public sector engagement, and will conclude with a panel discussion looking at the remaining barriers to achieving sustainable and inclusive urban water service provision.
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Building Blocks for Implementation and Coherence
Event: Thursday 11:00am - 12:30pm, NL Auditorium / Aulan
Convenor(s): Stockholm International Water Institute

Part two of the high level event will gather Global Leaders for a discussion on possible strategies for delivering on the 2030 Agenda and the Climate Agreement. Can climate resilience be strengthening through wise water management, and can the implementation of the 2030 and climate agendas be better integrated - with water as a useful connector?
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Improving Rural Livelihoods - Are Small Dams the Answer?
Event: Thursday 02:00pm - 03:30pm, FH 202
Convenor(s): African Development Bank; Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and The World Bank Group

This session will discuss, among participants, best international practices and lessons learned for designing and implementing small dam programs in terms of potential investments, technical options, policy and institutional implications, potential benefits and impacts, and potential risks. It will also fill a critical knowledge gap in literature regarding small dams.
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Building Climate Resilience in Urban Water Supply and Sanitation
Event: Thursday 04:00pm - 05:30pm, FH 307
Convenor(s): Water Global Practice of the World Bank Group

The Paris COP 21 meeting opened up a global discussion on water and climate change, but more analysis is needed on the ramifications for WSS service provision and how to accelerate the implementation of climate resilient practices. This session will provide an important next step for framing the sector dialogue around climate resilience in WSS service delivery facing different climate change scenarios.
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Non-Revenue Water Management: Has it’s Time Finally Come?
Event: Thursday 04:00pm - 05:30pm, FH 202
Convenor(s): Inter-American Development Bank; International Water Association; United States Agency for International Development and Water Global Practice of the World Bank Group

In one intervention, non-revenue water management allows utilities to expand and improve service, enhance financial performance, make cities more attractive, increase climate resilience and reduce energy consumption. But the benefits that arise from reducing NRW rarely feature as a driving force behind tackling this endemic challenge in developing countries. A World Bank study puts the global estimate of water losses at nearly 49 billion cubic meters each year, enough to supply today, almost twice the number of (mostly poor) people without access to clean water. In a water constrained environment NRW management offers superior cost-effectiveness compared to supply augmentation. Revenues from saved water improve a service providers’ bottom line whilst lower water abstraction increases city resilience. Despite the benefits and decades of training and advocacy from international and industry organizations, NRW reduction receives scant attention amongst those utilities which would most benefit from it – why is that? This workshop will explore the political, financial, technical and market constraints of this under-utilized, but impactful task. Using case studies, the workshop will explore how constraints have been overcome and brainstorm with water experts about a global initiative on scaling up NRW management.
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Leveraging Domestic Resources to remove financial bottleneck in WASH

Event: Thursday 04:00pm - 05:30pm, NL Pillar Hall / Pelarsalen
Convenor(s): Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Netherlands and United Nations Children’s Fund

Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services, although recognized as a human right, essential to prevent diseases and to promote development, continue to face major challenges in mobilizing sufficient resources to meet the needs of the growing population. To address the challenge, development partners, governments, investment banks and other international organizations are discussing how to move this agenda forward. In 2015 in Addis Ababa and Dakar, many countries have agreed to increase domestic resource mobilisation to ensure access and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all. With limited public funding, this requires the development of innovative approaches to water financing that can leverage grant, tax and private money, expanding the reach of the beneficiaries. This event will provide participants with the latest thinking on finance, drawing on the conclusions of the 2016 Financing Events in Addis and Dakar and the financial plans for SDG’s.
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City-wide sanitation services: recent thinking and experiences
City-wide sanitation services: recent thinking and experiences

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List of World Bank Presenters and Participating Sessions

Water Supply and Sanitation Water Resources Management Water, Poverty and the Economy Water and Agriculture Hydropower and Dams Inclusion Knowledge for Development


Water Supply and Sanitation

Water Resources Management

Water, Poverty and the Economy

Flagship Report: High and Dry: Climate Change, Water, and the Economy

Water and Agriculture

Hydropower and Dams


Toolkit: Mainstreaming Gender in Water Operations

Knowledge for Development

Book: The Art of Knowledge Exchange for Water Projects

Last Updated: Aug 30, 2016