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World Water Week 2017

The 27th August – 1st September marks this year’s World Water Week 2017! World Water Week has been the annual focal point for the globe's water issues since 1991. As a global conference, the event focuses on the big issues in water conservation and management, along with providing a forum to discuss practical solutions. 

This year’s theme ‘water and waste: reduce and reuse’ brings together experts, practitioners, decision-makers, business innovators and young professionals from a range of sectors and countries. Hosted and organized annually by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), the week sees a range of professionals descend onto Stockholm to network, exchange ideas, foster new thinking and develop solutions to the most pressing water-related challenges of today.

The aim of World Water Week is to:

  • Focus attention on the links between ‘scientific understanding, with policy and decision-making to develop concrete solutions to water, environment and development challenges.’
  • Foster  ‘proactive partnerships and alliances between individuals and organisations from different fields of expertise.’
  • Highlight ‘ground-breaking research, best practices and innovative policy work by stakeholders and experts around the world and from multiple disciplines.’
  • Review ‘the implementation of actions, commitments and decisions in international processes and by different stakeholders in response to the challenges’
  • And to award outstanding achievements in the field.


This year’s programme includes the implementation and monitoring of the Sustainable Development Goals, sanitation and health linked to wastewater, financing, integrated urban water management, food related to nutrition, water in relation to conflict and fragile states (to name but a few areas.) You can check out the programme in full here.

Last year over 3,200 individuals and close to 330 convening organisations from 130 countries participated in World Water Week. It is hoped this week will be even more of a success. The CIPHE will be supporting this year’s event by highlighting the initiatives coming out of this year’s World Water Week – keep  an eye on the CIPHE’s social media feeds for more info.

You can find out more on World Water Week by visiting