World Water Week
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Data Drought: An Assessment of Global Water Monitoring Systems
Session includes: Scene-setting presentation on the gaps and opportunities; Case study where challenges are successfully addressed; Case study where challenges are not effectively addressed; Scenario-based roundtable discussions to push for creative problem solving; Summary and next steps panel discussion to synthesize results and actions; and Summary report for attendees.
From practice to policy: Lessons from implementing Sanitation Safety Plans
This interactive session will share the experience of Philippines, Uganda, Peru and Jordan and Portugal on implementing risk assessment and management approaches (or Sanitation Safety Planning) allowing participants to explore technical policy and perception challenges and response in faecal sludge management and wastewater use.
Urban Lessons from Japan: Technical Exchange on Water and Waste
Lessons will be presented from technical knowledge exchanges held in Japan and research commissioned through the collaboration between the World Bank and the Japanese Government. The Tokyo Development Learning Center, World Bank Group will serve as the convener.
Opportunities and limits to water pollution regulations: Session II
Session II: Regulation under scientific uncertainty. The challenge of contaminants of emerging concern (CECs). CECs (e.g., pharmaceuticals, antibiotics, personal-care products, nanomaterials) present water quality challenges with potentially serious threats to human health and ecosystems. This session explores policy responses given scientific advancement in identifying, monitoring, preventing and processing CECs.
Safely managed sanitation in small towns1: lessons from recent experiences
Small towns are crucial to meeting the sanitation SDGs, but face difficulties in developing technically, institutionally and financially viable services. This event will provide insights from experiences of small towns around the world, learning from successes and challenges on the way towards safely managed sanitation for all by 2030.
Safely managed sanitation in small towns2: key challenges under scrutiny
Small towns are crucial to meeting the sanitation SDGs, but face difficulties in developing technically, institutionally and financially viable services. This event will facilitate an in-depth discussion about the challenges and ways forwards for small towns on their way towards safely managed sanitation for all by 2030.
Water & Green Growth: Just a Concept or Reality?
Green Growth (GG) is an inevitable choice. The event will demonstrate how to materialize Green Growth in the water sector with the results of case studies by providing more practical and effective means. Also, the chance will be provided to analyze existing policy, tools, governance on the concept of WGG.
“Wastewater, the untapped resource”: UN World Water Development Report 2017
Sunday 17:00 - 17:45
The United Nations World Water Development Report 2017 (WWDR 2017) on ‘Wastewater, the untapped resource’ informs and raises awareness on the benefits arising from improved wastewater management in the context of a circular economy and the needed progress to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
How to empower stakeholders reducing and reusing water; collaborative modelling
The side event entitled ‘How to empower stakeholders to reduce and reuse water; collaborative modelling’ will be an inclusive platform for knowledge and ideas sharing in relation to collaborative modelling and its use to reduce and reuse water by means of empowering stakeholders and ensuring their involvement in decision making.
SDG-Synergies: Countries Link WASH and Nutrition to Reduce Malnutrition
The impact of WASH on nutritional status is increasingly evident, calling on WASH-related programmes to become more nutrition-sensitive. Several countries are successfully linking WASH and Nutrition through policy, budgeting, and implementation. Public Officials will share their countries’ related experiences, encouraging other countries to replicate them, or scale-up their own.
Accountability in WASH: from emergency to development
From emergency to development, governments and development-partners face an accountability dilemma. Governments often lack the capacity to deliver services meeting users´ needs, yet delivering needed services through non-state actors can be at the expense of building citizen-state accountability. The event explores ways to reinforce domestic accountability for sustainable service delivery.
Increasing impact through donor-supported advocacy for Water Supply and Sanitation
The contribution that advocacy can make towards the achievement of SDG6 is not well understood. IRC, Water.org, IKEA Foundation and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs will help attendees better understand how advocacy and policy shifts amplify changes at national and sub-national levels and demonstrate how advocacy can be monitored.
The Roundtable on financing water
The event will host an interactive discussion with financiers on innovative financial solutions, with illustrations for wastewater and sanitation: How to turn robust pathways of investments into bankable options for investors? How to blend different sources of finance? How to package investments into arrangements that generate market-rate returns?
Call to Action: Radically Shifting Mindsets for Citywide Inclusive Sanitation
The session will: (i) present the ongoing and planned activities by a coalition of partners under the banner of the Call to Action for Citywide Inclusive Sanitation; (ii) discuss practical commitments from current and potential coalition members under the initiative; and (iii) consult on a strategy for reaching non-sanitation stakeholders.
MENA FOCUS: Water Security and Water Integrity challenges
This session will provide an overview of the status of water security in the MENA region, describe existing water-related challenges and outline emerging opportunities to achieve water security – in particular the governance challenge of water integrity, taking stock of efforts made, will be highlighted during the session.
UN-Water Stakeholder Dialogue
This event will collect information, suggestions and stakeholder experience to feed into the production of the SDG 6 Synthesis Report 2018 on Water and Sanitation (planned publication date: May 2018). The report will provide input to the SDG 6 in-depth review of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (mid-2018).
Sustainable Tariffs: achieveing fair and equitable water management in Sweden
Tuesday 11:00 - 11:45
Setting fair and equitable tariffs in the face of the water challenges from climate change and urbanisation is a cornerstone of a sustainable society. WSP shares lessons learned from helping almost 70 Swedish municipalities to shift from a reactive to a proactive approach to water management.
MENA FOCUS: Investment potential in wastewater treatment and reuse
The event will take stock of the needs, efforts and challenges in MENA regarding financing wastewater treatment and reuse, as well as of best practices and lessons learnt. Input will be provided from countries and financiers. Benefits from synergies with the Nexus approach and national climate actions will be explored.
Scaling up Social Accountability for Water and Waste
Millions of people remain excluded from water resources and services. This interactive event will offer evidence on giving citizens a voice and decision making power and how it can lead to greater inclusion and improved waste management..
ASIA FOCUS: Sustainable Wastewater and Fecal Sludge Management: Fit-for-Purpose Solutions
This event aims at discussing ways to promote sustainable wastewater and sludge management in Asian developing countries. Key aspects will be examined including institutional, regulatory, financing arrangements, appropriate technology selection, stakeholders’ involvement. The outcomes of this event will be integrated in the Policy Declaration of the 3rd Asia-Pacific Water Summit.
Gender and Water: Synergistic interactions in a complex relationship
The event will use a paper produced by the World Bank as background document to frame the discussion & unpack the complexity and synergistic interactions of gender & water. A Davos-style panel of experts from Sida, World Bank, WIEGO & government will be moderated by John Sibi-Okumo.
Strengthening national processes for achieving SDG6: SWA’s country engagement experience
The event wlll establish a dialogue on collaborative efforts to support government-led processes, triggered by presentations of country case studies. These will be interspersed with interactive methods for participation by the audience (e.g. buzz groups) during which participants will share perspectives and experiences. The session will be wrapped-up in plenary.
Valuing Water - towards common principles and political enthusiasm
Valuing water is about making the various social, environmental and economic values of water explicit, to create a common language amongst water users in different sectors and places for improved decision making. This High Level Panel on Water workshop will discuss the complexities in light of reducing and reusing water.
MENA FOCUS: Adapting to climate change: assessment, vulnerability & action
Who and which areas will be most affected by Climate Change in the MENA region? How can we inform adaptation strategies and decision-making as well as the global negotiation process? We are bringing together regional stakeholders to address these questions in the side event.
EYE ON LAC: What is new on wastewater reuse financing?
A unique opportunity to learn from some of the most innovative wastewater reuse financing cases in LAC, focusing on the barriers that obstruct this circular economy agenda and the incentives that can be developed across the investment cycle (from river basin planning to engineering, normative/regulatory, procurement, construction and operational issues).
Open government and water: a new water governance paradigm
The event aims to generate interest by discussing the experience of different Latin American governments or civil society representatives on co-creating and implementing national action plans within the OGP to ensure water challenges are taken into account in the public policy-making process, so to provide better water services for all,
Emerging pollutants in water reuse: Addressing knowledge and policy gaps
The event focuses on knowledge and policy gaps on emerging pollutants (pharmaceuticals, endocrine disruptors, etc.) in water and wastewater. Technical and policy approaches to managing emerging pollutants and reducing risks to human health and ecosystems will be discussed. Key UNESCO publications and da on the topic will be launched.
Waste, water and undernutrition: Evidence and policy perspectives
The role of poor sanitation in child stunting has received increased attention in recent years, but understanding of this issue in peri-urban areas and on what makes a successful, integrated response, remains limited. This session will draw on empirical evidence and concrete policy and practice examples to explore this issue.
Nature for Water: World Water Day 2018
This event presents the World Water Day 2018 campaign – Nature for Water - and its objectives showcasing the potential of nature-based solutions for water and how they can be considered for water management policy and practice. Participants will be able to identify ways their organizations can be actively involved.
Six critical components for SDG 6.3: Does your country count?
Achieving SDG 6 and target 6.3 will require fast and effective national policy adjustments and multi-sectoral decision making. This event will show national Governments and their partners how they may realign policy frameworks to accelerate progress against target 6.3 by collaborating around and building evidence for six policy-critical components.