2016 Stockholm Water Prize Symposium: Pollution or Prosperity?

Wednesday 31 August | 09.00-10.00 | Room: NL Pillar Hall

The likelihood for and impact of a significant decline in quality and quantity of global freshwater resources is considered the highest risk to global growth and development for the coming decade. By 2030, the global demand for freshwater may outstrip sustainable supply by 40%. Unfortunately, in many cases and places, the present and future freshwater may not be fresh enough for our human and economic needs.

The greatest tragedy of our time is that some 1.8 billion people on the planet lack access to good quality drinking water. This causes enormous suffering and mortality, strain our health care systems, hinders education and job opportunities and hurts economic productivity.

The Stockholm Water Prize Symposium brings together Laureates and influential experts and practitioners in a session that explores the opportunities and challenges for unlocking the water quality conundrum: How can improved water quality be a driver of economic growth rather than its victim? How can we bend the trend from pollution towards sustainable global prosperity?


09:00 Welcome  
Karin Lexén, SIWI

09:05 Introduction by moderator
Cecilia Chatterjee-Martinsen, WaterAid Sweden

09:10 Quality of life
Joan B Rose, 2016 Stockholm Water Prize Laureate

09:20 Averting and responding to pandemics
Rita Colwell, 2010 Stockholm Water Prize Laureate

09:30 Decoupling water and growth
Kevin Urama, Senior Advisor to the President of the African Development Bank

09:40 The costs and consequences of water pollution in India
Naina Lal Kidwai, Chair - Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry Water Mission, Chair - India Sanitation Coalition

09:50 Prevention is the cure
Kevin Rudd, Chair - Sanitation and Water for All, President - Asia Society Policy Institute

10:00 Coffee break

to be followed by the same titled event from 10:30