The IWC had its Eye on Asia at this year's World Water Week
World Water Week closed in Stockholm on 2 September with the concluding reflection that water must be recognised as the key enabler to successfully implement the 2030 Agenda and achieve all Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). IWC CEO Mark Pascoe was in attendance during the week, present for the launch of the Asian Development Bank’s Asian Water Development Outlook 2016, participating in a consequent panel discussion on water security in a changing Asia, and leading a session on water security in green cities as part of the Eye on Asia conference stream.
Asian Water Development Outlook 2016 launched
On Tuesday 30 August the findings from the Asian Water Development Outlook 2016 under five key dimensions of water security – household water security, economic water security, urban water security, environmental water security and resilience were presented. Related approaches and studies were also presented along with a discussion on the policy implications and key messages.
The International WaterCentre contributed to two of the five key dimensions - urban water security and environmental water security, and CEO Mark Pascoe was in attendance for the launch and panel discussion that followed.
Mr Pascoe joined a panel of three to discuss managing water security in a changing Asia; exploring the Outlook's findings that despite progress in Asia and the Pacific in the past five years, water security challenges remain, including overexploited groundwater, demand from rising populations, and climate variability.
Eye on Asia: operationalising green cities
On Wednesday 31 August the IWC joined the Asian Development Bank and Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities to convene an Eye on Asia session on water security in green cities within the event “Operationalising green cities: technologies and their benefits.”
The event shared insights on urban development challenges for the present situation, highlighting the impact of climate change and a changing world on city development due to socio-economic developments such as population growth, urbanisation and industrialisation. The event built on the insights gained from the Asian Water Development Outlook 2016.
World Water Week 2016
World Water Week in Stockholm is an annual event organised by the Stockholm International Water Institute. This year, the theme was Water for Sustainable Growth, which focused on the exploration of new ideas and perspectives in the area of water and sustainable growth from across policy, research and practice and between a diverse set of actors.
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.
To find out more about World Water Week visit the World Water Week event site. For information on the International WaterCentre’s involvement in the week and contributions to the Asian Water Development Outlook contact us:
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