World Water Week
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Global & Local Youth Actions linked to Water and Waste
This interactive session will introduce the actions that young individuals and youth organisations have undertaken at global and local scale to implement water-related SDGs. The Business Model Canvas and World Cafe Dynamic groups discussions will allow the participants to analyze what has worked and how to scale it up.
District based initiative for SDG6: building country systems, leveraging partnerships
Achieving SDG6 requires coordination and aligning with country systems to bring sustainable water, sanitation and hygiene to villages, towns and cities. What does that mean in practice? This event will showcase a programme and partnerships in Ghana to bring 100% WASH coverage to a district as an example for replication.
The State of the Evidence Base for WASH Microfinance
Water.org will host a panel discussion examining the current state of evidence for WASH microfinance and identifying the gaps in the knowledge base. Stakeholders, including WASH NGOs, microfinance practitioners, academics, and donors will review the current approach and discuss alterations needed to strengthen the evidence base for WASH microfinance.
Towards universal access to drinking water in fragile contexts:DRC
The event focuses on good governance in the water sector in the Democratic Republic of the Congo as a context specific methodology to advance long-term development while promoting access to safe and affordable drinking water in a country without a viable justice system, lack of security and weak institutional capacities.
The Groundwater Paradox: a hidden challenge for society
Although groundwater forms 96% of the most valuable resource, available freshwater, facts show that little information is available about this resource and consequently groundwater is poorly regulated and governed. The event aims at exploring sociological/psychological, financial and sector thinking reasons that explain this situation.
21st Century Technology: Bridging the Gap to Wastewater Reuse
Water reuse, converting wastewater into new water streams for businesses and communities alike, is the world’s greatest opportunity to help overcome water availability challenges. This expert panel will discuss the economic and environmental benefits of water reuse and how technologies can drive effective, financially-successful, reuse programs.
Water Pricing: Finding the right price in developing countries
If success of SDG 6.1 is to be achieved, the affordability of safe water must be considered as important as the water itself. This event will reveal a path to sustainable solutions through identifying the right price point for drinking water in rural communities in the developing world.
The Role of Green Infrastructure Investments in Meeting Global Commitments
This session will explore how targeted green infrastructure aimed at providing water-related benefits can also deliver cobenefits that help meet climate change, human development and biodiversity goals. Participants will engage in discussion on these connections and how to fill critical gaps in financing, governance and capacity building
Safe Water Enterprises: the opportunity to reach a billion people?
Safe water enterprises can play a larger role in providing clean drinking water globally according to the findings of a new, in-depth study. The session will help governments, aid agencies, impact investors, NGOs, the private sector understand this untapped potential and offer avenues to collaborate in national and global initiatives.
ASIA FOCUS:Building Cities of the Future through High-Performing Water Utilities
The event will focus on how utilities are at the forefront of development, and that without high performing utilities, there cannot be cities of the future. Discussions will include water management in cities, the role of utilities, and to how to improve their capacity to better contribute to city development.
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.
Water security in fragile contexts
Untangling water insecurity’s role in contributing to political, social and environmental fragility is difficult, yet it is becoming a fundamental question for water policy given the scale of the fragility challenge. This session will explore ways in which water management and investments can promote stability and an escape from fragility
Launch & invitation for contributions to new journal, Water Security
Tuesday 17:00 - 17:45
Opening with 2 presentations from leading scholars on: ‘Water Supply and Health’, and engage invited panelists and audience into a constructive discussion with strong interdisciplinary connections. Publish the outcomes from the Showcase in new journal Water Security in the form of a meeting report or review article.
Results-Based Financing & WatSan: Improving Systems & Accountability
Results-based financing in sanitation projects have been highly successful in solving development challenges. Through case studies on Sri Lanka and Senegal involving connections to sewerage and on-site sanitation services, the showcase will demonstrate that targeted subsidies and investment to reach the urban poor are cost-effective using this innovative finance approach.
Financing the SDGs:The Ghana Water Trust and Attracting Private Investment
Achieving SDG 6.1 requires significant increase in investment, with governments and development agencies looking to innovative ways of funding the gap. This facilitated open discussion will explore the opportunities of a Ghana Water Trust to attract private sector investment with different funding models such as blended finance.
Integrated Urban Water Management – Challenges and Opportunities
The event will engage key stakeholders (governments, municipalities, utilities, NGOs, etc.) in a debate on urban water challenges and opportunities as they relate to Africa’s fast urbanizing cities. The Urban Waters in Africa Program will be presented, and IUWM practitioners will present/discuss their work in this field.
Water Scarce Cities - towards urban water security under scarcity
Cities face growing challenges to adequately manage dwindling water resources in the face of urbanization and climate change. This panel of expert practitioners will discuss how developing water-stressed cities can draw new and existing solutions from the experience of pioneer cities in California, East Asia and the Middle East.
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.
New Analytics to Reach the Poor With WASH Services
Achieving the SDGs requires new insights about the location of poor and vulnerable populations and their WASH service levels in order to design appropriate interventions. This session presents new analytics developed under the WASH Poverty Diagnostics Initiative that can inform investment and program planning to be benefit the most needy.
Water Solutions For Remote Areas:From Water Generation to Wastewater Treatment
Thursday 12:00 - 12:45
Water generation and water harvesting in remote and difficult areas. Water storage. Water purification and distribution networks. Consumption solutions, sanitation and hygiene. Waste water management.
Providing safe water, sanitation and hygiene in health care facilities
Through a lively interactive session, concrete examples to determine the current status of WASH in HCFs and specific efforts to address this issue involving governments, foundations, NGOs, and the private sector, will be provided.
Tapping capital markets to finance WASH investments: An SDG imperative
Panelists will present their experiences in financing investments in and relevant to the WASH sector and explore how this experience can be incorporated into new strategies and partnerships to expand access to commercial and market capital. The audience will be encouraged to provide their views during an open, interactive session.