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Stockholm World Water Week is coming up at the end of August, and the theme for this year is “Water for Society — Including All.”
After all, the mission of “water and society for all” is essential to achieving United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 6, “to ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.”
In the words of the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), which convenes the event: “In the fourth year of implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the 2019 World Water Week addresses the basic objective of this agenda to secure inclusive and sustainable development for all people in all countries. The U.N. is focusing on ‘no-one left behind’ as the theme for the 2019 World Water Day and World Water Development Report. In Stockholm, we are aligning this 2019 Thematic Scope with that theme, broadened to the wider perspective of inclusiveness. Water security underlies human and environmental security; access to and use of water in adequate quantity and quality are fundamental to survival and prosperity.”
The fact is that current approaches are not accelerating movement toward SDG 6 fast enough. As a result, there is an increasing recognition by water practitioners that innovation is critical for accelerating progress at scale.