World Water Week 2012

Date:                 August 26 - 31, 2012
Location:         Stockholm, Sweden
World Water Week 2012 will focus on Water and Food Security. Throughout the conference, participants will explore the intricate relationship between water and food, highlighting the challenges and opportunities for feeding our thirsty world.
Join us for the following WSP and World Bank convened sessions in Stockholm:
August 26
Seminar: Beyond Climate Uncertainty: Can We Build Resilience in Infrastructure?
9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 
Convenor: Alliance for Global Water Adaptation (AGWA)
Co-convenor: World Bank (WB), Conservation International (CI), KfW Development Bank, European Investment Bank (EIB), Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), Asian Development Bank (ADB), Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), US Army Corps of Engineers, Deltares Research Institute, Environmental Law Institute (ELI), US State Department, and Organization for European Cooperation and Development (OECD)
Resilience has been identified as a core value for integrating climate information into resource and infrastructure management, but what does this term mean in practice? In this session, we will debate, explore, and synthesise examples of resilience and sustainability that span infrastructure, institutions, and ecosystems, engaging the audience with experts in a debate format.
August 28

Seminar: Going to Scale with Poor-Inclusive Integrated Sanitation in Urban Areas
9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Convenor:  Water and Sanitation Program (WSP)
Co-convenor:  KfW Development Bank and International Centre for Water Hazard and Risk Management

Evidence from at-scale poor-inclusive integrated sanitation approaches and a global knowledge gap analysis will be presented. Included will be integrated approaches; faecal sludge management; de-centralized wastewater systems; value chain from collection to disposal/reuse and climate change adaptations to serve poor communities.

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August 29

Side Event: Accelerating Rural Sanitation Progress With Equity

Location:  Rica Talk Hotel, Stockholm
Organizer:  WSP, SNV and UNICEF
9:00 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

Though the MDG targets for rural sanitation remain by far the largest challenge for the water, sanitation and hygiene sector worldwide, several countries have been making remarkable progress in the past couple of years. In this side event we will look at the conditions that enabled countries to accelerate their sanitation progress, discuss what it takes to achieve progress with equity and examine evidence from impact evaluations of large-scale rural sanitation programs. With evidence and results from recent studies and programs from around the world, the event aims to inform and stimulate dialogue on how to accelerate rural sanitation progress.

Please join us for three one-hour sessions with short presentations and plenary discussions:

Critical Reform for Scaling Up Rural Sanitation
9:00 -10:00 a.m.

From a national and local governance perspective this session will examine which constraints in the enabling environment need to be tackled to achieve accelerated progress

Social Inclusion and Reaching the Poor in Rural Sanitation
10:00 -11:00 a.m.

This session will present findings from a global equity analysis for sanitation and share emerging lessons on what it takes to ensure poor-inclusive service delivery, gender mainstreaming and social inclusion.

Impacts of Rural Sanitation
11:30 a.m. - 12:30p.m.

Based on recent findings from impact evaluations of large scale rural sanitation programs, this session will examine lessons from the implementation of impact evaluations to inform future research.

Seminar: Implementing the Water-Energy-Food Security Nexus
9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 
Convenor: Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI)
Co-convenor: Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), Federal Ministry for the Environment Nature Protection and Nuclear Safety, Germany (BMU), Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany (BMZ), CGIAR Challenge Programme on Water and Food (CPWF), Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), World Resources Institute (WRI), World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and World Bank (WB)
This seminar presents policies, enabling conditions, innovations and solutions, for putting the quickly growing knowledge around the water-(land-)energy-food security nexus into practice. It places local data, tools and practical examples in the context of global scenarios and assessments, for outscaling and up-scaling. By presenting a set of local and regional cases, this seminar demonstrates how integrated approaches can reduce tradeoffs and improve resource use efficiency, how they can contribute to more equal benefit sharing and eventually become key pillars of sustainable development. This seminar will pick up on previous nexus fora, as recently held e.g. in Bonn, Marseille, London and Rio. With that it will contribute to building a community of practice, bringing together actors from governmental, non-governmental and intergovernmental organisations with the private sector and science. Jointly we will move the nexus further towards operationalisation.
August 30

Workshop: Trade and Food Security
9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Convenor: Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI)
Co-convenor: King's College London (KCL) and World Bank (WB)

The world's water resources situation is characterised by a very uneven distribution in relation to the need and demand for food. These circumstances make it necessary and rational to trade agricultural products between areas and groups of people where the resource endowment makes it possible to produce a surplus and areas and societies where import is the only, or the best, option for food security. Variation in terms of technological and governance capacity to produce, process and market agricultural commodities also contribute to trade.

The scope and scale of the evolving trade is unlike anything seen before. Farmers, communities and a number of intermediaries between producers and consumers in the food supply chain are now increasingly involved in trading activities. Added to the open trade is the 'silent trade' where land - and water - is acquired by foreign governments and companies, in countries with a relative abundance of resources.

The need and rational for an expansion of trade will be scrutinised with reference to differences in water resources, but also the variation between countries in terms of technologies, and governance capacity to produce, process and market agricultural commodities.

The roles of national and local governments, private companies and civil society and the local implications from this trade, including the acquisition of land and water in other countries, will be addressed..

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Seminar: Drinking Water, Sanitation and Hygiene - Preparing the Next Generation of Goals, Targets and Indicators
9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Convenor:  World Health Organization (WHO)
Co-convenors:  United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), United Nations Secretary-General's Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation (UNSGAB), Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany (BMZ), Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), Water and Sanitation Program (WSP), Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, France (MAEE), Agence Française de Développement (AFD), Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI)

Current global monitoring of drinking-water and sanitation does not provide a detailed assessment of service coverage, nor covers hygiene. JMP and partners are developing post-2015 indicators taking into account the Human right to water and sanitation. The seminar will present first results and invite participants to contribute.

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Seminar: Global Practice in Promoting Gender Equality in the Water Sector
9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Convenor:  Water and Sanitation Program (WSP)
Co-convenor:  UNDP Water Governance Facility at SIWI (WGF), World Bank (WB), Sadayanodai Ilaignar Narpani Mandram (SINAM) and International Water Management Institute (IWMI)

The session will examine approaches for promoting gender equality at policy, program and community levels. Cases from Latin America, Africa and South Asia will illustrate the nexus between gender and water in services, climate change and food security. The importance of empowerment and disaggregated data will be demonstrated.

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Seminar: Managing the Vulnerable Water-Food Nexus in the Andes and Himalayas
2:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Convenor:  Water and Sanitation Program (WSP)
Co-convenor:  Institute for Social and Environmental Transition (ISET), International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) and The Nature Conservancy (TNC)

This seminar will analyse how the water-food nexus is being affected by climate change in the Andes and Himalayas. The discussion will review concepts, cases, and provide guidance to mitigate the impact of the vulnerable water-food nexus in regions where fragile ecosystems, low-capacity institutions, and weak economic linkages persist.

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Seminar: No Food and Nutrition Security without Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
2:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Convenor:  German WASH Network and Water and Sanitation Program (WSP)
Co-convenor:  UN Secretary General Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation (UNSGAB), Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany (BMZ), Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), Swedish International Agricultural Network Initiative (SIANI), Resource Centres on Urban Agriculture and Food Security (RUAF) and Sustainable Sanitation Alliance Working Group on Productive Sanitation and Food Security (SuSanA Working Group on Productive Sanitation and Food Security)

WASH investments substantially contribute to food and nutrition security: Making more out of available food through improved health and increasing harvests through productive sanitation. Lessons from Latin America/Africa/Asia are the basis for defining recommendations jointly with participants to strengthen this nexus at scale.

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We hope to welcome you all in Stockholm!

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