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U.S. Water Partnership Partner and Stakeholder Events

The following document highlights U.S. Water Partnership (USWP) partner events during the 2015 Stockholm World Water Week. A complete program of all events is available here. If you would like to share an event or connect with other USWP organizations in Stockholm, please email Chuck Chaitovitz with the USWP Secretariat at Chuck@getf.org.

Sunday, August 23

9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

How to Secure Water and Energy Amidst Rapid Urbanization?

  • Convenor(s): World Resources Institute (WRI)
  • Room: FH 307
  • Description: This seminar will showcase new research from WRI, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and other research institutes on the water-energy nexus in an urban context. During the seminar, both public and private sectors will share their perspectives on managing water-energy dynamics in an urban setting, and the implications for sustainable urban development.

Lessons from Implementing Community-Led Total Sanitation with Local Actors

  • Convenor(s): The Water Institute at University of North Carolina
  • Room: FH 202
  • Description: This session will share lessons from evaluations of programs to strengthen the capacity of teachers, natural leaders, and government staff implementing community led total sanitation (CLTS) in three countries and case studies of CLTS implementation in seven other countries. The session will stimulate action-oriented thinking about effective local partnerships for delivering sanitation and hygiene. Additional project knowledge is available here.

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Workshop: Sustainable Cities: A Pipe Dream or Realistic Future?

  • Convenor(s): Global Water Operators’ Partnerships Alliance at UN-Habitat (GWOPA), GWP, Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), The World Bank Group 
  • Room: FH 202
  • Description: This first technical session will start with an overall introduction to the integrated approach to urban water and wastewater management and show how it can contribute to improved service delivery, cost efficiency, social equity and environmental sustainability. The session will include a panel discussion involving the various speakers and the audience. The workshop will be complemented by a field visit to the Stockholm Royal Seaport urban development area.

Small Farms, Big Opportunities – Pioneering Corporations and Drip Irrigation

  • Convenor(s): International Development Enterprises (iDE)
  • Room: FH Little Theatre
  • Description: Affordable drip irrigation allows smallholders to improve food security, reduce poverty and increase water productivity. This session will explore the following questions: Why has business-as-usual failed to bring drip to smallholder farmers? And how are current challenges to scaling-up being overcome?

2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Keeping up the Momentum after the 7th World Water Forum

  • Convenor(s): 7th World Water Forum Secretariat and World Water Council
  • Room: NL 357
  • Description: This session will discuss the following questions: What are the main results of the 7th World Water Forum? How can the collective action of 30,000 participants ensure a better water future? The results of these discussions will feed into the development process for the preparation of the 8th World Water Forum to be held in 2018 in Brasilia, Brazil.
4:00 PM  5:30 PM
Stockholm Industry Water Award Ceremony
  • Convenor(s): CH2M
  • Room: Music Hall at the Stockholm City Conference Centre (Address: Drottininggatan 71b and Barnhusgatan 12-14)
  • DescriptionThe Stockholm Industry Water Award stimulates and celebrates outstanding water achieve­ments by companies in areas such as production improvement, risk management and wise water management solutions. The winner of the 2015 Stockholm Industry Water Award is CH2M was selected for developing and advancing methods to clean water, and increasing public acceptance of recycled water.

Monday, August 24

9:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Opening Plenary and High Level Panel

  • Convenor(s): Panelists include Ms. Barbara Frost, CEO, WaterAid
  • Room: FH Congress Hall
  • Description: Speakers will reflect upon the importance of water for sustainable development, what it implies, and demands, from the global community. They will also consider the way in which water is the thread linking the United Nations (UN) processes and explain the role sustainable water resources management will play in the achievement of coherent, efficient implementation of agreed solutions.

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM

SIWI Sofa: Evolving Portable Water Reuse for a Sustainable Water Future

  • Convenor(s): CH2M
  • Room: Exhibition Hall
  • Description: SIWI Sofa is a cross between a speakers’ corner and an outdoor interview studio. Journalists will conduct interviews and facilitate discussions between experts on a variety of water-related issues. This session will feature CH2M experts on water reuse technologies and approaches.

2:00 PM –3:30 PM

Investing in Natural Infrastructure for Development at the Water-Energy-Food Nexus

  • Convenor(s): WRI
  • Room: FH 201
  • Description: This seminar examines the role of natural infrastructure as a foundation for a soft, flexible and sustainable development pathway to manage risks of increased climate variability – to which built infrastructure is increasingly vulnerable. Through a marketplace format, participants are invited to share lessons from the implementation of natural infrastructure solutions in a developing country context.

Rebalancing Water Use and Restoring Ecosystems Using Water Markets

  • Convenor(s): The Nature Conservancy
  • Room: NL Auditorium/Aulan
  • Description: This event will feature presentations and discussions about the opportunities and pitfalls presented by water markets. Speakers will share evidence from existing markets and discuss the economic, social, and environmental challenges and benefits of markets.

Water and Sustainable Development: Operationalizing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Fragile States

  • Convenor(s): Duke University, Nicholas School of the Environment, Environmental Law Institute
  • Room: NL Pillar Hall/Pelars
  • Description: As the international community transitions to a post-2015 development framework, it is thus essential to ask how peace and security considerations should be taken into account when operationalizing, measuring, and evaluating the water and sanitation-related SDGs. This workshop will use a World Café/Salon format to engage participants in discussing key aspects of this question to develop recommendations, drawing on the past work of the conveners to identify lessons from experiences in fragile and conflict-affected contexts.

4:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Cities and Water: Too Much/Too Little, But Not Too Late

  • Convenor(s): The Rockefeller Foundation
  • Room: FH Little Theatre
  • Description: Around the world, city leaders cite water as a top concern, both today and particularly as they look to the future of their communities. In this event, learn how Chief Resilience Officers (CROs) in cities of all sizes, on multiple continents, are grappling with and solving the problems brought by both too much water - in the face of sea level rise or recurrent flooding - or too little water.

Investment Approaches to Mainstreaming Climate Adaptation

  • Convenor(s): Alliance for Global Water Adaptation (AGWA)
  • Room: NL Pillar Hall/Pelarsalen
  • Description: This seminar will discuss approaches to use the bonds market as a means of defining industry standards that can assist capital seeking the highest quality projects that result in measurable impacts to deliver credible climate change solutions. This seminar will discuss the development of a climate bond certified standard for water investments led by the Climate Bonds Initiative in collaboration with WRI, Ceres and CDP.

Revealing the Value of Water

  • Convenor(s): WRI
  • Room: FH 202
  • Description: This session will discuss the state of the art of the methodologies, various case studies and future trends and development needs. A special focus will be put on how methodologies valuing water can support social and community development through different tools linked to water valuation.

Implementing the SDGs in Shared Basins through International Water Law

  • Convenor(s): WWF
  • Room: NL Music Hall/Musiksalen
  • Description: This session asks how water law provisions at the global and the regional level can contribute to achieving the SDGs and which approaches and tools they provide for ensuring the sustainable development of water resources in order to achieve the SDGs. It focuses on successes and challenges for the development of legal provisions for shared water resources development and management across the world at both global and regional levels.

Tuesday, August 25

9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Managing Change: Strengthening Resilience to Climate and Disaster Risks

  • Convenor(s): The Rockefeller Foundation
  • Room: FH 300, also at 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM and 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
  • Description: How policy can effectively bridge this gap is an important question. Building resilience in the face of global challenges urgently needs better integration between efforts addressing development objectives, climate change mitigation and adaptation, and disaster risk reduction and management in the Post-2015 development agenda.

Eye on Asia: Taking Actions for a Water Secure Asia

  • Convenor(s): International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)
  • Room: FH Little Theatre
  • Description: The seminar will introduce an index approach to water security to assess challenges and work towards solutions through integrated approaches to manage and use water resources efficiently to sustain Asia’s economic advances.

LAC Focus: The Future of Water in Latin America

  • Convenor(s): The Nature Conservancy
  • Room: FH Congress Hall B
  • Description: This seminar will review current thinking about the future of water in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), focusing on three topics: 1) water security; 2) water and energy, and 3) water for productive use, and their connection with sustainable development.

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM

SIWI Sofa: Documentary Photographer Mustafah Adulaziz on his Project “Water”

  • Convenor(s): WaterAid, WWF
  • Room: Exhibition Hall
  • Description: SIWI Sofa is a cross between a speakers’ corner and an outdoor interview studio. Journalists will conduct interviews and facilitate discussions between experts on a variety of water-related issues. This session will feature an expert photographer.

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Change Doesn’t Happen Overnight: Challenges from the HSBC Water Program

  • Convenor(s): WWF
  • Room: NL Pillar Hall/Pelarsalen
  • Description: This session will explore the challenges faced by partners involved in delivering the HSBC Water Program. Now in its fourth year, speakers from HSBC, Earthwatch, WaterAid and WWF will share their challenges of working collaboratively with businesses, communities, governments and NGOs.

Feeding Nine Billion People: How Water Stewardship Can Help

  • Convenor(s): Alliance for Water Stewardship
  • Room: FH 307
  • Description: Water stewardship is a collaborative and multi-stakeholder approach that aims to achieve social, environmental and economic benefits. Using leading examples of how the private sector has engaged with governments, civil society and academia in collective water stewardship, this session will critically discuss lessons learned in driving more sustainability through agricultural supply chains.

LAC Focus: The Future of Water Services in Latin America

  • Convenor(s): FEMSA Foundation and Inter-American Development Bank
  • Room: FH Congress Hall B
  • Description: This session will discuss small and large-scale water management solutions that are being implemented by these utilities. From information technologies to energy efficiency strategies. This session will also discuss how utilities can innovate and find new ways to deliver water and sanitation services in an increasingly urbanized context.

12:00 PM – 12:30 PM

SIWI Sofa: Replenishing Every Drop

  • Convenor(s): The Coca-Cola Company, WWF and WaterAid
  • Room: Exhibition Hall
  • Description: SIWI Sofa is a cross between a speakers’ corner and an outdoor interview studio. Journalists will conduct interviews and facilitate discussions between experts on a variety of water-related issues. This session will feature innovative partnerships and approaches for water sustainability from The Coca-Cola Company, WWF and WaterAid.

1:00 PM – 1:30 PM

SIWI Sofa: How Can We Solve the Competition for Freshwater? – Part I

  • Convenor(s): The Rockefeller Foundation
  • Room: Exhibition Hall
  • Description: SIWI Sofa is a cross between a speakers’ corner and an outdoor interview studio. Journalists will conduct interviews and facilitate discussions between experts on a variety of water-related issues. This session will feature insight from The Rockefeller Foundation.

2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Accelerating Corporate Action on WASH: Role and Opportunity for Business

  • Convenor(s): WaterAid, CEO Water Mandate
  • Room: NL 357
  • Description: This seminar will share challenges and practical solutions to accelerate action so that access to WASH in the work place and respecting the HRWS must become the ‘new norm’ and corporates and NGOs need to find more innovative ways to work together to meet the ambition of SDG Goal #6.

LAC Focus: Understanding Human Right to Water and Sanitation

  • Convenor(s): Inter-American Development Bank
  • Room: FH Congress Hall B
  • Description: There has been extensive work on promoting a common understanding but there are still many misunderstandings about what the human right approach is: from conceiving that utilities should provide services for free to the most vulnerable without assigning resources for funding for those costs, to a debate on public vs. private service provision. This session will target how different actors understand and contribute to the implementation of the human right-based approach.

Scaling WASH Markets: Evolving Roles of Corporates, NGOs and Donors

  • Convenor(s): iDE
  • Room: NL Pillar Hall/Pelarsalen
  • Description: Panelists will explore the evolving roles of various stakeholders to maximize the respective comparative advantages. Non-traditional partnerships will be necessary to appropriately finance development for the ultimate goal of achieving impact of scale. The discussion will draw on the experiences of iDE, GCC, and Kohler to ground the discussion with practical examples.

Eye on Asia: Water for Cities

  • Convenor(s): WaterAid
  • Room: FH 307
  • Description: This seminar will explore cost efficient and effective solutions to the growing challenge of rapid and unplanned urbanization that has resulted in an increase in the demand for water, heightened pressure on limited water resources, and a decline in water availability for competing uses.

4:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Building Resilience to Floods and Droughts: Private Sector Opportunity

  • Convenor(s): The Rockefeller Foundation, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)
  • Room: NL 357
  • Description: This event will discuss how to surface new innovations that build water resilience and the ways that the private sector can help the global community pivot from being reactive in the wake of water-related disasters to focusing on solutions that enable cities, communities, and households to better manage and adapt to inevitable shocks.

Eye on Asia: Innovations for Water, Energy and Food

  • Convenor(s): WaterAid
  • Room: FH 307
  • Description: This seminar will explore cost efficient and effective solutions to the growing challenge of rapid and unplanned urbanization that has resulted in an increase in the demand for water, heightened pressure on limited water resources, and a decline in water availability for competing uses.

Public Finance for WASH: Making it Happen!

  • Convenor(s): IRC, Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP)
  • Room: FH 300
  • Description: Centered around a role-play game and subsequent open discussion, this session will explore the political economy of public investment in equitable WASH, and will identify approaches for maximizing the amount and efficiency of domestic public finance allocation in the WASH sector.

Wednesday, August 26

9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Managing Water Resources for Green Growth and Equity

  • Convenor(s): WWF
  • Room: NL 357, also at 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM and 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM both in FH Little Theatre
  • Description: Here, policy makers and senior academics will set the scene. A situation game will give participants a chance to allocate water between competing uses. Following this session will be an interactive café with practitioners.

Water as a Driver for Sustainable Development and Poverty Eradication

  • Convenor(s): WaterAid
  • Room: FH Congress Hall B, also at 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM in FH 202
  • Description: This session will explore the following questions: How will a rights-based approach to water be implemented? How can we work towards a future of more inclusive, just and equitable development, making sure we do not leave the poorest and the hardest to reach behind?

Water, Gender, and Distress: Social Equity in the post-MDG Landscape

  • Convenor(s): WaterAid
  • Room: FH Congress Hall A
  • Description: This workshop will examine how the availability of water and sanitation resources and the physical and social challenges associated with accessing those resources can negatively impact women and girls, and how gender-sensitive policies and programming can not only mitigate those impacts, but have the potential to empower women and transform existing gender norms.

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Collaborative Water Monitoring through Open Data and Mobile Technology

  • Convenor(s): WaterAid
  • Room: NL Auditorium/Aulan
  • Description: This interactive event will begin with five minute ‘lightning talks’ from organizations leading in this effort, followed by a longer period for questions and discussion. The event will conclude by identifying key challenges that remain for collaborative monitoring and key opportunities that should be further explored.

2:00 PM – 2:30 PM

SIWI Sofa: Interview with the Winner of the 2015 Stockholm Junior Water Prize: Motivation and Impact

  • Convenor(s): Xylem, Inc.
  • Room: Exhibition Hall
  • Description: SIWI Sofa is a cross between a speakers’ corner and an outdoor interview studio. Journalists will conduct interviews and facilitate discussions between experts on a variety of water-related issues. This session will feature the Junior winner of the Stockholm water prize.

2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Cooperation on Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation in Transboundary Basins

  • Convenor(s): AGWA
  • Room: NL Pillar Hall/Pelarsalen
  • DescriptionHow to increase synergies between adaptation and mitigation in transboundary basins? What are good practice examples and lessons learned from adapting transboundary basins to climate change? These questions will lead the discussion focused on the Rio Grande/Bravo basin shared by Mexico and the USA.

3:00 PM – 3:30 PM

SIWI Sofa: How can we Solve the Competition for Freshwater? – Part II

  • Convenor(s): The Rockefeller Foundation
  • Room: Exhibition Hall
  • Description: SIWI Sofa is a cross between a speakers’ corner and an outdoor interview studio. Journalists will conduct interviews and facilitate discussions between experts on a variety of water-related issues. This session will feature insight from The Rockefeller Foundation.

4:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Changing Behaviors to Build Systems that Last: SWA’s Evolving Strategy

  • Convenor(s): WaterAid and USAID
  • Room: FH Congress Hall B
  • Description: This event will identify and discuss key behaviors, by developing country governments and their development partners, that need to change to improve development effectiveness for Sanitation and Water for All (SWA).

Managing Change: Future Water Stress and Flood Risk Assessment Tools

  • Convenor(s): WRI
  • Room: FH 307
  • Description: This seminar will present two new quantitative and publicly available tools developed by WRI and its partners that identify where and how climate and disaster risks are expected to grow over the coming decades, and help understand the implications of different interventions under three socio-economic and climate change scenarios from IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report.

Sustainable City Sanitation – from Planning to Implementation

  • Convenor(s): Water For People, WSUP
  • Room: NL Pillar Hall/Pelarsalen
  • Description: This “open-fishbowl” conversation around cutting-edge city sanitation themes will feature three simultaneous audience-interactive conversations exploring exciting recent developments in urban sanitation. Table 1 will examine what has been accomplished with city sanitation plans in India and Indonesia in the past 5 years. Table 2 will debate Shit Flow Diagrams (SFD) as state-of-the-art visualization tools. Table 3 will discuss the “excreta management ladder” concept which is based on two basic observations.

Transforming the Sanitation Sector for Achieving Universal Access by 2030

  • Convenor(s): WaterAid
  • Room: NL 357
  • Description: The session aims to bring together practitioners and thought leaders in the sanitation sector (both from the academia and from relevant sector institutions) to discuss the changes that the sanitation sector has to undergo in order to become fit for progressing effectively towards universal access by 2030, the target that will likely be set in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Cocktail Reception
  • Convenor(s): iDE
  • Room: iDE's Booth, B4
  • Description: This reception will highlight new market research on drip irrigation for smallholder farmers.

Thursday, August 27

9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Climate Policy & National Water Action: Towards COP21 and Beyond

  • Convenor(s): AGWA
  • Room: FH 201
  • Description: This session will share experiences on how water resources management can be included in and contribute to the different processes in the Paris Agreement such as the Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDC), National Adaptation Plans (NAP), and in climate finance, as a mean to support long-term mitigation and adaptation action for COP21 and beyond.

(Re)thinking Governance

  • Convenor(s): Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Institute at the University of Nebraska
  • Room: FH 307, also at 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM and 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
  • Description: Through three different sessions, which will contain presentations and interactive panel discussions, this workshop will explore various aspects of the nature of water governance for a viable post-2015 development agenda.

Freshwater Ecosystems and Human Development

  • Convenor(s): The Rockefeller Foundation
  • Room: FH 300, also at 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM and 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
  • Description: Faced with the short-term prospect that by 2025, two thirds of the world’s population may be living in conditions of severe water stress, it is essential to find solutions that provide for the maintenance of freshwater ecosystems while meeting human needs.

Exploring Urban Sanitation at the Nexus of Government and Enterprise

  • Convenor(s): USAID, WSUP
  • Room: FH 202
  • Description: This event will feature three 15 minute technical presentations, followed by a game that will encourage participants to explore the nexus between government and enterprise for improved urban sanitation service delivery. USAID and WSUP facilitators will synthesize points from the discussion, and will offer key concluding messages pertaining to the importance of private sector engagement and participation of state and local government stakeholders.

11:00 AM – 11:30 AM

SIWI Sofa: The lack of climate adaptation resulting in escalating loss and damage

  • Convenor(s): AGWA
  • Room: Exhibition Hall
  • Description: SIWI Sofa is a cross between a speakers’ corner and an outdoor interview studio. Journalists will conduct interviews and facilitate discussions between experts on a variety of water-related issues. This session will feature insight from AGWA.

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

WASH and Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) – Tackling Inequalities Together

  • Convenor(s): WaterAid
  • Room: NL Music Hall/Musiksalen
  • Description: This session aims to highlight the role of WASH in the prevention and management of NTDs, present a strategy for strengthening links between WASH and NTDs, and discuss examples of inter-sectoral collaboration such as the use of joint indicators.

Innovative Initiatives Maximizing Finance to Implement Sustainable Development Goals

  • Convenor(s): World Vision
  • Room: FH 202
  • Description: This event highlights new initiatives that will play a key role in mobilizing finance toward SDGs and maximizing their impact.

2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Pieces of the Puzzle: Achieving Sustainable Rural Sanitation at Scale

  • Convenor(s): Water For People
  • Room: NL 357
  • Description: The event will bring together key players currently active in efforts to scale up universal use of sanitation services to unpack some of the key pieces of the puzzle and offer insight on what is still missing.

4:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Integrating WASH and Watershed Management to Meet Sustainable Development Goals

  • Convenor(s): Conservation International, Millennium Water Alliance, The Coca-Cola Company, World Vision and WWF
  • Room: FH 202
  • Description: This session will demonstrate why we must address WASH and watershed management together if we are to successfully confront the water challenges facing the world, using examples spanning from on-the-ground work in the field to the highest levels of global policy. Speakers will discuss ideas for ensuring adequate connections between the WASH and water resources management targets under a water goal in the SDGs, with an emphasis on ways to operationalize integration during program implementation.

Meeting the Fundamental Need for WASH in Health Facilities

  • Convenor(s): WaterAid
  • Room: NL Pillar Hall/Pelarsalen
  • Description: This session will highlight solutions for strengthening monitoring and implementation of WASH in health care facilities from a diverse group of stakeholders. The focus will be on how monitoring and implementation can contribute to both WASH and health related post-2015 sustainable development goals.

Managing Business Water Risk through Collaboration

  • Convenor(s): WWF
  • Room: FH 307
  • Description: The seminar will include the introduction of good practice guidance and tools by the WWF and the CEO Water Mandate that enable companies to understand their water risks and the business case for taking collaborative action in their operations and their supply chains.

Reaching Rural Populations: Ideal Space for Partnerships

  • Convenor(s): World Vision
  • Room: NL Music Hall/Musiksalen
  • Description: The convenors will present how the SDGs create a common mission, with alignment between business and NGO interests, and provide ground for partnerships to reach rural populations.

Friday, August 28

9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Closing Plenary

  • Convenor(s): Stockholm International Water Institute
  • Room: NL Auditorium/Aulan
  • Description: The Closing Plenary will help to tie together discussions from the Week and the significance of water knowledge to these negotiations. Speakers will discuss the possible outcomes of each summit, the extent to which they provide building blocks for long-term coherent and efficient implementation, and what is needed to ensure necessary actions are taken.
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