The SIWI Sofa is a cross between a speakers’ corner and an interview studio, our journalist will conduct interviews and facilitate discussions between experts on a variety of water-related issues.

Expected interviewees include high-level speakers, representatives from water and development organizations, the private sector and of course, SIWI. Targeting a broader range of decision-makers and interested public, as well as participants, segments will focus on World Water Week hot topics and highlights, interdisciplinary collaboration, knowledge sharing, and on creating a deeper understanding of key water issues.

The SIWI Sofa is located in the area just below the main entrence of Folkets Hus.



Monday, 29 August

10:00 – 10:30 Applying water integrity tools in utilities: a Bangladesh experience
Water Integrity Network

13:30 – 14:00 Sanitation for millions
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit and Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development

14:30 – 15:00 WASH and sustainable development; A private sector perspective


16:30 – 17:00 Water for food - towards sustainable supply chains
SIWI Swedish Water House

Tuesday, 30 August

09:00 – 09:30 Coping with water scarcity in agriculture
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

10:00 – 10:30 Harnessing new data to unleash sustainable growth
World Resources Institute, the Procter & Gamble Company and Skoll Global Threats Fund

11:00 – 11:30 All solutions are in water. Water is the basis of all
Sosei World Co., Ltd

12:30 – 13:00 Applying world-class product development expertise to tackle the global sanitation crisis
LIXIL Water Technology

13:30 – 14:30 Water growth stability initiative
Regional Environmental Centre

15:00-15:30 Global Resilience Partnership
Facing the floods: A Resilience Approach

16:00 – 16:30 Can wash projects deliver sustainable growth and employment?
International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies

Wednesday, August 31

09:00 – 09:30 Addressing the social component of urban water management?

12:00 – 12:30 Payments for watershed services
Water Institute at the University of Waterloo

13:00 – 13:30 Interview with the winner of the 2016 Stockholm Junior Water Prize: impact and motivation

14:00 – 14:30 Local water security action planning (LWSAP)
Regional Environmental Centre

15:00 – 15:30 How leading hotel companies are collaborating to drive water stewardship
International Tourism Partnership and Rezidor Hotel Group

Thursday, 1 September

10:00 – 11:30 The industry in move towards circular economy

13:00 – 13:30 Mountains, glaciers and hydropower in a changing climate: insights from the Himalayas
International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development

14:00 – 14:30 Internet of water

16:00 - 16:30 Balancing act: What now for corporate water goals
WWF, The Coca-Cola Company and LimnoTech