30 July 2018
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2018 World Water Week - "Water, Ecosystems and Human Development" - Focus On Africa

Stockholm, Sweden — The 2018 World Water Week will take place from 26 to 31 August in Stockholm, Sweden, under the theme: "Water, ecosystems and human development."

Hosted and organized by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), World Water Week (WWW) is the largest global event focusing on water sector and development-related challenges. The meeting brings together governments, experts, and private sector leaders to brainstorm solutions to the most pressing water-related challenges of today.

This year's Stockholm World Water Week will explore the need to safeguard the sustainability of vital ecosystems as habitats for plant and animal life, and as resources for human development and well-being.

The African Development Bank, which plays a key advisory role to the meeting, will develop the content and assist the overall set-up of the event. The Bank has a seat on the Scientific Program Committee, which works with SIWI to ensure the scientific quality and relevance of World Water Week, and develops its scientific components. The Bank, in close collaboration with SIWI and the Scientific Program Committee, will also lead on development of the conference program, identifying keynote speakers and issuing a post-meeting report.

As part of the conference, the Bank, the African Water Facility (AWF), the Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Initiative (RWSSI) and other partners will organize two seminars on the topics:

28/08/2018 - Is there such thing as innovative financing for ecosystems management?

29/08/2018 - Sustainable infrastructure for inclusive growth

Wambui Gichuri, Director of the Water Development and Sanitation Department, will lead the Bank's delegation. Gichuri will also address the Closing Plenary.

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Wambui Gichuri (Water Development and Sanitation Department - AHWS)

Jean-Michel Ossete (AHWS/ AWF)

Jochen Rudolph (AHWS/ RWSSI)

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