2021 Stockholm World Water Week

Digital event

World Water Week 2021 – Building Resilience Faster

The much awaited annual event is curated by SIWI, has been co-created with high-profile organizations hosting sessions in their areas of expertise. Participants will receive first-hand accounts and insights from actors all over the world, with a chance to follow new trends and events as they unfold.

With more than 300 sessions to choose from, the event will focus on collaboration to solve the world’s most pressing challenges.

Topics that will be explored during World Water Week 2021

  • How has the global pandemic changed people’s perception of water, sanitation, and hygiene?
  • What has Covid-19 meant for gender equality?
  • How can smallholder farmers become more food secure?
  • What can business do to strengthen biodiversity?
  • How do countries develop water-related solutions ahead of the climate summit COP26?

Below are events led by or involving WLE, IWMI, and IFPRI. Information is tentative and may have been changed by the organizers, so please check the SWWW website.

Monday, August 23

14:30–15:30 +0530 (16:30–17:30 CEST)

19:00–20:00 (20.00–21.00 CEST)

Irrigation offers social resilience amid climate crises and pandemics, stabilizing food production, generating employment and incomes, and improving household water security. Yet, irrigation can also adversely affect environmental resilience, depleting and polluting water, fragmenting habitats, and hastening ecological disaster. The session will present new knowledge and tools that contribute to innovative small-scale irrigation approaches that can be developed without increasing risk to water and other natural resources. Learn more.

Tuesday, August 24

07:00–08:25 (8.00–9.25 CEST)

Governments invest in irrigation for food security, rural development and climate change adaptation. However, by destroying fish habitat and blocking fish movement, irrigation often has negative impacts on fisheries. Co-convened by WorldFish and the IWMI, this session will discuss how fisheries can be better integrated in irrigation investments, thereby contributing to multiple objectives and enhancing resilience. Learn more.

13:00–14:00 (14.00–15.00 CEST)

The food and Agriculture system generates environmental, health and socio-economic externalities through freshwater withdrawal and pollution. Businesses require practical tools to account for these externalities. This session will introduce the Water Impact Protocol for the Food & Agriculture companies and involve a discussion on key issues for impact valuation & management. Learn More.

14:00–15:00 (15.00–16.00 CEST)

The energy investment needs and options to support the development of agriculture in Ethiopia remain largely unknown. Energy planning studies have not explicitly assessed the energy demand for agriculture. The session provides updates on concurrent works that explore opportunities for productive uses of energy in Ethiopia's agriculture sector - in particular through scaling potential and implementation. Learn more.

14:30–15:30 +0530 (16:30–17:30 CEST)

18:00–19:00 (19.00–20.00 CEST)

The WASAG Water-Nutrition Partnership advances progress toward international food and water goals through sharing research findings, practical tools, and policy dialogue. This session showcases new insights into the multiple and synergistic roles of water in food systems and for nutrition that were deliberated during the 2021 UN Food Systems Summit. Learn more.

22:00–23:00 (23.00–24.00 CEST)

This session will explore the importance of rights to freshwater and associated freshwater resources such as fisheries for supporting a more equitable society by empowering Indigenous peoples and local communities (IPLCs) to steward their lands and waters, thereby creating long-term sustainable outcomes for people and nature. Learn more.

Wednesday, August 25

14:30–15:30 +0530 (16:30–17:30 CEST)

Thursday, August 26

07:30–08:55 (8.30–9.55 CEST)

This session will foster cross-sector dialogue and knowledge exchange on key opportunities and challenges that integrated rice fish systems offer to food system transformation, major trade-offs that may occur between different food system trajectories, key opportunities and challenges for uptake of the Decision Support Tools presented for a rice fish food system transformation, policies and investments needed to support the better integration of fisheries and agriculture and research/knowledge or capacity gaps. Learn more.

Friday, August 27

13:00–14:00 (14.00–15.00 CEST)

The need for water storage is growing as demand for water increases and climate change brings greater variability to water. Yet total freshwater storage is in fact decreasing, raising the risk of a growing storage gap right as the world needs more of it. This session will explore what a new and more resilient freshwater storage paradigm might look like both in theory and practice. Learn more.


SIWI Seminar: Still breaking silos across sectors and boundaries

Climate, ecosystems, food systems, societies, and economies interact dynamically, and water is often the connector. Embracing multiple water values across sectors and boundaries is vital for responding to shared risks including climate change and the economic recession triggered by COVID-19. This seminar has three sessions that aim to walk the talk regarding cooperation across borders and sectors. If you are curious about community-based initiatives, youth-led behavioral change, nexus approaches and voices from basins around the globe, tune in to continue breaking silos!

  • Cooperation on International Waters in Africa (CIWA)/World Bank Group 
  • International Water Management Institute 
  • Stockholm International Water Institute 
  • United Nations Economic Commission for Europe

SIWI Seminar: Climate action across sectors and boundaries (1/3) – 14:30–15:30 +0530 on Monday, 23 August

SIWI Seminar: Climate action across sectors and boundaries (2/3) – 14:30–15:30 +0530 on Tuesday, 24 August

SIWI Seminar: Climate action across sectors and boundaries (3/3) – 14:30–15:30 +0530 on Wednesday, 25 August