World Water Week (Stockholm, Aug. 27 – Sept. 1)
Since 1991, Stockholm has hosted World Water Week, organized by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI). It offers a privileged environment for institutional actors, private sector representatives, and the research community to discuss global problems relating to water and sanitation.
This year’s edition is focusing on the theme of wastewater and its reuse, in line with the 2015 adoption of the sustainable development goals (SDG). Coming before the COP 23, to be held in Bonn this November, it will also offer an opportunity to review the water and climate initiatives on the Climate Action Agenda.
Water is vital to ensuring food security, preserving health, and satisfying energy needs. The lack of access to drinkable water and sanitation is the leading cause of death in the world. Some 40% of the world’s population is affected by drought. More than 80% of wastewater is returned to the environment without treatment. Under the combined effect of climate change, the proliferation of natural disasters, and population growth, water resources are under growing pressure and aggravate already existing geopolitical tensions.
Estimated at €380 billion, the global water market – which includes supply, use and treatment – is experiencing an annual growth of 10%. It is a growth market for 750 major companies, medium-sized businesses and French SMEs, which have developed world-renowned expertise in this area and are leaders in numerous market segments. Established in 2007, the French Water Partnership, a platform for public and private actors, will be represented in Stockholm to promote our expertise.