World Water Week: Event closes with call for focus on water development

World Water Week closed with a call for the UN to concentrate on water when considering the post-2015 global development agenda.

STOCKHOLM, Sept. 6, 2013 -- The 2013 World Water Week, focusing on cooperation and partnerships, closed today with a call for the United Nations to concentrate on water when it considers the post-2015 global development agenda.

The Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) presented the Stockholm Statement during the week's closing ceremony in Stockholm, Sweden. The statement, a result of an open and inclusive consultation process before and during the week, calls for a dedicated goal on water looking forward to the development agenda.

Torgny Holmgren, executive director of SIWI, said, "A great collaborative effort before and during the World Water Week has resulted in a forward-looking document on the role we believe water must have in shaping the future development agenda for our globe. It is an expression of the high level of expertise and dedication I see all around me in the water community."

The Stockholm Statement says that water, given its centrality to individuals, ecosystems and economic development, sits at the very core of sustainable global development. Therefore, "a dedicated goal on water is necessary for a world where all people can live in safety and dignity." By the year 2030, the world must have achieved a doubling of global water productivity, a realization of the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation, and increased resilience to water-related disasters.

In over 100 seminars, workshops and events spread throughout the week, over 2,600 participants have discussed and debated the most pressing water challenges of our time under the thematic umbrella, "Water Cooperation - Building Partnerships."

"This Week has brought together an unprecedented number of professionals here in Stockholm. We have listened to world leaders, government representatives, scientists, members of the private sector, and civil society. Every single one of them contributes to the work toward a water-wise world. The high level of discussions and debate on theory, policy and concrete solutions reinforces the position of the World Water Week as the main global meeting place on water and development, where the future agenda on water related challenges is set," said Karin Lexén, director of the World Water Week at SIWI.

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