Stockholm International Water Institute

Opening Plenary

Monday 27 August | 09.30-11.30 | Room: FH Congress Hall

The opening plenary of 2018 will be an opportunity to put the theme Water, ecosystems and human development into context and view it from different angles. Speakers will be invited to share their insights not only from a scientific or professional perspective, but also from the heart.

The opening plenary will commence with official welcome addresses, keynotes by high-level decision-makers or renowned persons, and as is tradition, the 2018 Stockholm Water Prize Laureates. Reflecting SIWI’s new strategy, cross cutting issues – human rights-based approach, gender, and youth – will be addressed too.


09:30    Welcome to the World Water Week 2018 - Mr. Torgny Holmgren, Executive Director, Stockholm International Water Institute

09:40    Key note message - H.E The Pope Francis – video message - tbc 

09:50    Welcome to Stockholm - Ms. Karin Wanngård, Mayor of Stockholm 

10:00    Key note speaker - Ms. Carin Jämtin, Director General, Swedish international Development Cooperation Agency - tbc 

10:10    Stockholm Water Prize 2018 – Laureate’s dialogue -moderated by Maggie White, Senior Manager, International Policy, SIWI

Professor Bruce Rittmann, Biodesign Institute, Arizona State University, USA and Professor Mark van Loosdrecht, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

10:40    Key note speaker – Nature-based solutions and reaching an equitable, respectable and prosperous sustainable future for all – H.E Michelle Bachelet, Former President of Chile, Chair of the Board of Partnership on Maternal and Child Health (PMNCH) tbc

10.50    Panel discussion - ACT for today and tomorrow: youth representatives from academia, engaged in an environmental association, business sector, innovation and global policies, moderation, moderated by Claudine Uwera, Minister of State in charge of Economic Planning, Rwanda - tbc  

  • Mr. Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, Youth Director, Earth Guardians - tbc
  • Ms. Amanda Janoo, Industrial Policy Analyst, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)
  • Ms. Evelyn Ohanwusi, Interim Head, Youth in Agribusiness Office, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)
  • Mr. Pratap Thapa, MS. Management of Technology and Co-founder of aQysta 
  • Mr. Ryan Hreljac, Founder of the international Ryan’s Well Foundation

11:20    Key note speaker - Water, ecosystems and human development, at the heart of the global agendas - H.E Amina J Mohamed, Deputy Secretary General, UN  

11:30    Special dedication award to Professor Malin Falkenmark and Closing statement by Mr. Torgny HolmgrenExecutive Director, and Gabriela Suhoschi, Director of World Water Week and Prizes, Stockholm International Water Institute