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World Water Week 2015

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World Water Week 2015 began on 23 August in Stockholm

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25 August 2015

Background information on World Water Week held in Stockholm

Author: World Bank

World Water Week in Stockholm, organized by SIWI, is the annual focal point for global water issues. The 2015 theme is Water for Development. Experts, practitioners, decision-makers, business innovators and young professionals from a range of sectors and countries will meet to network, exchange ideas, foster new thinking and develop solutions to the most pressing water-related challenges of today...

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Conference Edition: A Water-Secure World for All. Water for Development: Responding to the Challenges

The Water Blog: World Water Week 2015

Livestream: August 25, 16:00-17:30
LAC Focus: Achieving the SDG for Water in Latin America

Livestream: August 26, 14:00-15:30
High Level Panel: Raising the Profile of Water Towards COP21

Youtube playlist: World Water Week 2015

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25 August 2015

Improving accountability of water, sanitation & hygiene programmes vital in tackling challenge of water & sanitation for all

Author: Ian Ross, Oxford Policy Management, in The Guardian

“We must squeeze every drop from water initiatives to pump up scant resources”, 24 Aug 2015

As water and sanitation experts gather in Stockholm for World Water Week, the sustainable development goals are likely to be on most agendas…[T]he annual meeting...will give practitioners and funders alike the chance to think about how best to adapt their programming to meet goal six: ensuring availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all…Ensuring that the words translate into meaningful actions, however, will rely on important practical changes – changes to how we design and deliver water, sanitation and hygiene (Wash) programmes, as well as changes to the way we monitor performance and evaluate success. The concept of value for money (VFM)…is increasingly popular in development circles…Practitioners fear that a value for money agenda could lead to a focus on low-hanging fruit at the expense of equity or longer-term initiatives – nevertheless, I would argue that such analysis should be an essential part of any project manager’s toolkit…We need to rethink the way we measure the performance of Wash programmes – let’s start the conversation at World Water Week.

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25 August 2015

Why Partnerships are Key to Water Security

Author: André Fourie, SAB Miller & Stuart Orr, WWF, TriplePundit

While governments are ultimately responsible for the delivery of water, we know it’s a massive challenge in some parts of the world...with such a significant percentage of the world’s water going into corporate and agricultural supply chains, we must both invite and insist that businesses contribute to the solutions envisioned in the SDGs. Water stewardship provides a strong model for how this might work....WWF’s approach to water stewardship is about much more than making supply chains more sustainable. Our goal is better governance of a vital shared resource that underpins healthy societies and healthy economies...For SABMiller, the SDGs are an opportunity to expand shared prosperity, because we only thrive as a business if the communities around us thrive. Communities only thrive if ecosystems thrive, and that requires better management of water...SABMiller will argue that businesses have to be innovative in forging such partnerships. Business needs to be prepared to forge new relationships and commit to being transparent and accountable in our stewardship practices, even if at times our first advances are treated with caution.

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25 August 2015

World Water Week sees hotel giant, InterContinental Hotels Group, announce water stewardship programme

Author: edie

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has announced the appointment of global water-use experts, the Water Footprint Network, to develop a worldwide water stewardship programme for the hotel group. The announcement comes during the first day of World Water Week and will see IHG and the Water Footprint Network analyse IHG’s water usage in over 100 countries across the world. The partnership will build on the progress IHG is making to reduce water consumption per occupied room in 'water-stressed' areas, one of the company’s 2013-2017 Corporate Responsibility targets. They aim to have reduced water consumption in these areas by 12% by 2017. 2014 figures show that they have currently lowered consumption by 4.2% from the 2012 baseline figure.

25 August 2015

World Water Week: CH2M earns Stockholm Industry Water Award

Author: WaterWorld

[The Stockholm International Water Institute] presented the Stockholm Industry Water Award to CH2M, a global engineering company, for its leadership in potable water reuse. CEO and Chairman Jacque Hinman accepted the award, which was established in 2000 to stimulate and celebrate outstanding and transformative water achievements by companies in improving production, managing risks, finding solutions, and contributing to wise water management. CH2M is the first engineering company to receive this industry recognition. 

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