Opening Plenary

Monday 24 August | 09.30-12.30 | Room: FH Congress Hall

In 2015, World Water Week in Stockholm celebrates its 25th anniversary. The official opening ceremony will appreciate our common achievements and discuss how we best should address the challenges ahead, in the next 25 years. 2015 is a momentous year in terms of global policy, with several important UN processes and discussions taking place to set the strategy for our common future.

Speakers will reflect upon the importance of water for sustainable development, what it implies, and demands, from the global community. They will also consider the way in which water is the thread linking the UN processes and explain the role sustainable water resouces manegement will play in the achievement of coherent, efficient implementation of agreed solutions.


09:30             World Water Week Jubilee film

09:35             Entertainment

09: 40            Welcome

                       Ms. Karin Lexén, Director World Water Week, International Processes and Prizes, Stockholm International Water Institute

09:45             Welcome Address
                     Mr. Torgny Holmgren, Executive Director, Stockholm International Water Institute

09:55             Welcome to Stockholm
                       Ms. Karin Wanngård, Mayor of Stockholm Official

10:05             Heads of States and Governments Visions and Perspectives on Water for Development

  • Mr. Stefan Löfven, Prime Minister of Sweden
  • Mr. Christopher J. Loeak, President Marshall Islands
  • Dr. Abdulla Ensour, Prime Minister, Jordan

10:45             Entertainment

10:50             Stockholm Water Prize 2015 Laureate’s Lecture
                     Mr. Rajendra Singh

11:00             Raising the profile of Water in the global climate discourse
                     Mr. Manuel Gerardo Pedro Pulgar-Vidal Otálora, Minister of State for Environment and President of the COP20

11:10             Entertainment

11:15             High Level Panel

Summary of tweeted messages until the HLP. Dr. Therese Sjömander Magnusson

Moderator: Dr. Fred Boltz, Managing Director, Ecosystems, The Rockefeller Foundation

  • Ms. Gina Casar, UN Under Secretary-General and UNDP Associate Administrator
  • Mr. Adnan Z Amin, Director-General, IRENA
  • Ms. Héla Cheikhrouhou, Executive Director, Green Climate Fund 
  • Ms. Barbara Frost, Chief Executive, WaterAid
  • Ms. Laura Barneby, Global Advocacy Manager, Unilever

12:20             Moderator’s Conclusion
                       Dr. Fred Boltz, Managing Director, Ecosystems, The Rockefeller Foundation

12:25             Closing Remarks
                      Ms. Karin Lexén

12:30             Opening High Level Session ends