Stockholm International Water Institute / The Rockefeller Foundation

Building a resilient future through water

Thursday 31 August | 09.00-10.30 | Room: NL Auditorium

2017 will mark the second year of implementation of the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development, and two years since the signing of the Paris Climate Agreement. The converging of these agendas has helped build momentum towards action, and generated opportunities for water to be an entry point to the efficient, effective implementation of both agendas.

This High Level World Water Week Dialogue will serve as a platform for multi stakeholder consultation on the progress on our global water goals. The event is the second in a series of annual, multi stakeholder stocktaking events on global water development and progress at World Water Week.

This year, SIWI and its partner The Rockefeller Foundation will frame the dialogue with a specific focus on resilience as a means to interlink and holistically consider global development progress related to water and sustainability across economic, social and environmental dimensions.

The overall intention of these sessions is to inspire World Water Week delegates to joint action.

The session is divided into two parts, with a break in between:
First dialogue 09:00-10:30
Second dialogue 11:00-12:30


09:00 Welcome address 
Torgny Holmgren, Executive Director, SIWI 

09:10 Connecting the Agenda 2030 and the Paris Agreement through Water

  • H.E. Mr.  János Áder, President of Hungary
  • H.E  Mrs Charafat Afailal, Secretary of State in Charge of Water, Morocco

Dialogue Part I: Policy

09:30 Panel discussion on: water policy as a smart tool for efficient implementation of the global agendas

Introduction by Moderator

Antony Currie, Associate Editor, Reuters Breakingviews

  • Nicolas Hulot, Minister for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition, France (Video message)
  • Lars Ronnås, Ambassador for Climate, Sweden 
  • Catarina de Albuquerque, former UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights to Water and Sanitation, and Executive Chair of the Sanitation and Water for All Partnership
  • Lisa Svensson, Coordinator, Marine and Coastal Ecosystems Branch, UN-Environment
  • Prof. Stefan Uhlenbrook, Coordinator of the UN World Water Assessment Programme, UNESCO 

10:30 Close of session 1