Closing Plenary: Water for Sustainable Growth

Friday 02 September | 09.00-12.00 | Room: NL Auditorium

The Closing session of the World Water Week is the time where we, together with colleagues and distinguish guests sum up the events and discussions that take place during the week.

You will get to hear key reflections from our Key Collaborative Partners, our Scientific Programme Committee and the interregional dialogues. Listen to our excellent teams of rapporteurs sum up and discuss their main take aways from the week and all the 130 sessions.

The Closing session is also where we look ahead to the upcoming year and the processes that this entails and towards the 2017 World Water Week.


09:00 Welcome address

Mr. Torgny Holmgren, Executive Director, SIWI


09:10 At the confluence of global policy - why water must matter in the implementation of Agenda 2030 and the Paris Agreement

Dr. Abdeladim LHafi, High Commissioner for the COP22, High Commissioner for Water, Forestry and Fight Against Desertification, Morocco

09:25 Reflections from the Interregional dialogues

Mr. Pablo Bereciartua, Argentinas Undersecretary for Water Resources

09:35 Overarching conclusions from seminars

Dr. Torkil Jønch Clausen, Chair, Scientific Programme Committee of the World Water Week                    

09:50 Best Workshop Poster Award

Dr. Robert Bos, Scientific Programme Committee, World Water Week

- Winner 2016: Managing Extremes: Sustainable Planning for Water Resources in San Diego

by Frederik Borowski, Thomas Eltner, Philip Kruse, Moritz Niermann, Tanja Schnittfinke and Teresa Sprague, Technical University Dortmund, Faculty of Spatial Planning

10:00 Coffee Break                    

10:25 Water wise innovations for sustainable consumption and production

Ms. Karolina Skog, Minister for the Environment, Sweden

10:35 Reporting Back Panel from Rapporteurs team

Moderator: Ms. Tess Riley, The Guardian

11:25 Key Reflections from the 2016 World Water Week

  • Ms. Karin Lexén, Director, World Water Week, International Policy and Prizes, SIWI
  • Mr. Anthony Cox, Deputy Director, Environment Directorate, OECD
  • Mr. Dhesigen Naidoo, CEO, Water Research Commission
  • Mr. Anders Berntell, Executive Director, 2030 Water Resources Group

11:50 Closing remarks

Mr. Torgny Holmgren, Executive Director, SIWI                                              

11:55 World Water Week 2016 in pictures    

12:00 End of Session