Water is the very essence of life, and yet we take those pouring taps and backyard sprinkler systems for granted. If you live in drought-stricken areas like California, perhaps you’re watering your garden less, or in some extreme circumstances for those on well water, you’re buying and trucking in large drums of life’s most precious resource. For much of the world, even these are luxuries when it comes to water.
World Water Week is in full swing in Stockholm, Sweden, with experts, decision-makers and youth leaders assembling to discuss and develop solutions for the most pressing water-related problems facing the world today. They’ve come together with the belief that water is key to our future prosperity, and that together, we can achieve a water-wise world.
Water is the very foundation of everything we aim to achieve. It’s needed for survival—quenching our thirst, preparing our food, and keeping us clean. It’s also central to economic and social development, sustainable growth, and is at the core of healthy ecosystems.
About one billion people still lack access to safe water — and even more lack access to basic sanitation. Water is central to these challenges, and the world community looks to address them through the new global goals, known officially as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Water Week participants focus on these issues and how SDGs related to water can best be implemented, measured, and monitored.
Participants at the World Water Week conference are committed to finding solutions and securing safe and reliable clean water sources for everyone.
This year’s conference has been organized by SIWI – Stockholm International Water Institute.
Take Action Challenge
Follow the #WWWeek hashtag to see discussions from around the world surrounding World Water Week. What are the water crises you see happening around you? What can you do to contribute to finding a solution?