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USWP Partner Events at Stockholm World Water Week 2016

Sunday, August 28

9:30 AM – 10:30 AM

City-wide sanitation services: Recent thinking and experiences

Convener(s): WaterAid

Room: FH 202

Description: What is the latest thinking on planning and delivering sanitation city-wide? We are bringing together key urban sanitation stakeholders to address these questions. After a presentation of recent research, the experience of nine cities will be shared in marketplace format, followed by discussion.

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Operationalizing the water-energy-food nexus

Convener(s): International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, U.S. Department of State, World Resources Institute

Room: NL 461

Description: The event will consist of café style small-group interactive discussions on exploring nexus opportunities and challenges in different settings led by river basin representatives. These will be preceded by a set of opening provocations addressing nexus dimensions across boundaries and examples when these can be a driver for cooperation.

Water security in a changing world: coping with threats

Convener(s): The Rockefeller Foundation; Alliance for Global Water Adaptation

Room: FH 300

Description: The focus of this session is on introducing the concept of Water Security and things that we should think about when dealing with a changing world, in terms of both political and physical aspects.

Managing Groundwater Resources for Sustainable Growth
Conveners(s): Alliance for Global Water Adaptation

Room: FH Little Theatre

Description: This event will discuss sustainable management practices and highlight innovative solutions for groundwater management in South Asia. The discussion will explore multi-faceted challenges that threaten water security in the region. the event will feature panel discussion and presentations from experts representing groundwater related sectors such as energy, agriculture, and water.

2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Basins to Boreholes: Monitoring for Water Security

Convener(s): WaterAid

Room: FH 202

Description: This session will share lessons on how WASH and WRM activities and monitoring processes for better integration to contribute to Global Goals. The highly interactive session will bring a multi-disciplinary range of WASH-WRM practitioners to share experiences and generate active discussion on improving monitoring processes.

Political Drivers for Sustained Change in Water Service Delivery

Convener(s): Water For People, WaterAid

Room: FH 307

Description: Presentation of three country experiences, Rwanda, Uganda and Bolivia, bringing the reality of meeting the SDGs to live. Discussion to explore how incentives can be created for more widespread engagement and drive of local government, for WASH services across the world.

The Surprising Benefits of Transboundary Cooperation

Convener(s): World Wildlife Fund

Room: FH Little Theatre

Description: Through case studies from basins around the world, this session will highlight the breadth of potential benefits of transboundary water cooperation, which range from accelerated economic growth, increased human well-being, enhanced environmental sustainability and increased political stability. We will demonstrate how a benefits-based approach can help advance transboundary cooperation.

Water Security in a Changing World: Coping with Threats

Convener(s): The Rockefeller Foundation, Alliance for Global Water Adaptation

Room: FH 300

Description: This session explores the threats to water security. It puts this into the context of added threats coming from changing conditions, such as conflict and climate change. For instance, can adaptation to climate change even be addressed when more immediate concerns take over, such as armed conflicts?

Water and Job Opportunities: A Critical Nexus for Growth

Convener(s): 2030 Water Resources Group; International Labour Organization; International Water Association and Stockholm International Water Institute

Room: NL 357

Description: How can employment policies be harmonized across sectors and levels of administration? What are the entry points to strengthening labour market and green infrastructure? How can career opportunities, incentives and management strengthen water-related HR frameworks? How can workers’ participation be improved? How can multi stakeholder partnerships de-risk livelihoods along value chains?

4:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Enabling Investment in Irrigation in Sub-Saharan Africa

Convener(s): U.S. Agency for International Development

Room: NL Music Hall/Musiksalen

Description: This session will identify the actions needed to create the enabling conditions for improved water management and greater investment in irrigation at multiple scales. The discussion will address the potential for public-private partnerships, collective action, policies, institutions, and rural services to achieve these objectives in sub-Saharan Africa.

Water Security in a Changing World: Coping with Treats

Convener(s): The Rockefeller Foundation, Alliance for Global Water Adaptation

Room: FH 300

Description: This session will address solutions to achieving water security in a changing world. It will discuss different overviews of how potential solutions may look like, what are key ingredients to increasing resiliency, what makes them sustainable, discussing if they be applied even in conflict zones.

Monday, August 29

2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Secure Water, Empowered Citizens: The Essential Role of Social Accountability

Convener(s): WaterAid

Room: NL Pillar Hall/Pelarsalen

Description: Social accountability interventions break with traditional “supply-side” activity to help communities secure water tenure, improve services, activate law and policy, and hold duty-bearers to account. In this session practitioners, researchers and policymakers will share and cross-examine outcomes of social accountability initiatives across the globe and develop recommendations for future engagement.

Tuesday, August 30

9:00 AM – 10: 30 AM

Upscaling the WASH-Nutrition Nexus for Sustainable (Body) Growth

Convener(s): WaterAid

Room: FH Congress Hall A

Description: WASH is increasingly integrated in national nutrition multi-sectoral strategies. The WASH sector must understand better its potential contribution to nutrition in order to prepare WASH interventions that can easily be integrated in nutrition plans. This seminar invites nutrition experts and WASH practitioners to streamline strategies and explore programmatic complementarities.

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM

#SIWISofa: Harnessing new data to unleash sustainable growth

Convener(s): Skoll Global Threats Fund; The Procter & Gamble Company and World Resources Institute

Room: Exhibition Hall

Description: New data has emerged to help P&G and others create meaningful goals and holistic water programs. In this session, we will discuss these new data and how they are being used to better assess risk and develop more effective goals.

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Attracting, engaging and developing the capacity of water professionals

Convener(s): Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology

Room: FH Little Theatre

Description: The SDGs can’t be achieved without sustainable human capacity. We will explore how to ensure future water sector capacity in an interactive and engaging format. How do we provide good opportunities for young professionals, regain those with relevant experience, and ensure water practitioners have the skills and knowledge they need?

Catalyzing natural capital financing for water security

Convener(s): The nature Conservancy

Room: NL Music Hall/Musikalen

Description: Present and discuss investing and lending portfolios supporting natural infrastructure for water through discussion on innovative financial mechanisms, new sources of financing, and public private partnerships.

Gendered WASH needs: programming for the home, school, and workplace

Convener(s): University of Oklahoma and WaterAid

Room: NL Auditorium/Aulan

Description: The WASH needs of women and girls related to psychosocial distress and menstrual hygiene management differ based on context, location, and life stage. We will review and define these needs and discuss programmatic solutions to addressing these needs to foster sustainable and inclusive growth for all.

Powering up the Region-Balancing Water and Energy Use in Asia

Convener(s): World Wildlife Fund

Room: FH 202

Description: Competing demands for finite water resources in Asia are compounded by climate change. These challenges threaten the livelihoods of billions of people. Eye on Asia Day will present the links between water for cities, energy and agriculture and how innovative technologies, approaches and financing can strengthen water security.

2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Eye on LAC: Water and Sanitation as a Business: Constraints-Opportunities

Convener(s): Water For People, WaterAid

Room: FH Congress Hall A

Description: Private sector could play a key role in providing water/sanitation services. This role could involve individual entrepreneurs or small/medium size enterprises. Based on good practices, the goal of this seminar is to understand how to develop viable business models that make water and sanitation a profitable business in Latin America.

Financing 2.0: Is the WASH sector ready for impact bonds?

Convener(s): U.S. Agency for International Development

Room: NL Auditorium/Aulan

Description: The event will convene a panel of experts in WASH and innovative finance to explore how, where, and under what enabling environment the investor-financed structure of impact bonds can generate better water, sanitation and hygiene outcomes.

Investing in infrastructure to shape sustainable growth in Africa

Convener(s): U.S. Department of State

Room: FH 202

Description: Addressing nexus challenges is limited without suitable multi-purpose infrastructure (natural and built) and adequate assessment of intersector and environmental impacts. As regional and national authorities and their development partners influence investment pathways for development projects, this event explores integrating the nexus into investment plans and balance trade-offs and co-benefits.

Role-playing how water markets improve food security and the environment

Convener(s): Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Institute at the University of Nebraska, The Rockefeller Foundation

Room: NL 461

Description: Come learn about how water markets function through this interactive demonstration! We’ll teach you how decision-making around water trading intersects with environmental and legal obligations. You’ll experience trading through various types of water market structures, each with its own advantages and disadvantages. Come ready to negotiate!

4:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Accelerating Development by Building a Prosperous Environment for WASH

Convener(s): The Procter & Gamble Company, World Vision

Room: NL Auditorium/Aulan

Description: Through a lively interactive session, we will focus on concrete examples of successful collaboration between the governments, NGOs, and the private sector that are leading to sustainable WASH solutions to alleviate poverty, build government capacity, and provide a return on business investment.

Building freshwater resilience for all

Convener(s): The Rockefeller Foundation

Room: FH 307

Description: Population growth, urbanization, and climate change are placing pressures on fresh water resources, leaving ecosystems and the people that depend on them vulnerable to acute shocks and long term stresses. This event will highlight several principles for building freshwater resilience in a world of rising demand and growing uncertainty.

Telling your story to make an impact

Convener(s): The Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Institute at the University of Nebraska

Room: NL 357

Description: If you have developed a research breakthrough or launched a new product or partnership, but no one knows about it, does it work? Learn how to tell a compelling story, using the most effective media to reach your intended stakeholders and create impactful change.

Understanding Risks and Maximizing Natural Infrastructure Benefits for Water Security

Convener(s): The Nature Conservancy, World Resources Institute

Room: FH 300

Description: To identify ways to reduce threats to water supply, partners will highlight cutting edge tools and technologies to: identify critical risks to watersheds and prioritize opportunities for intervention; articulate the business case; and synthesizes lessons learned from a decade of experimentation to scale sustainable watershed interventions to enhance water security.

Climate Change and Water Quality: Connecting the Dots

Convener(s): Alliance for Global Water Adaptation; Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development and UNESCO International Hydrological Programme

Room: NL Music Hall/Musiksalen

Description: The objective of the event is to gather new evidence on how climate change affects water quality globally, to consider innovative policy responses, and to explore how climate finance can support water quality management. The event will combine expert analyses, country experience and recent policy developments, in an engaging format.

Retooling Finance for Resilient Solutions: Connecting Finance, Water, and Climate

Convener(s): Alliance for Global Water Adaptation

Room: FH Little Theatre

Description: How can we transform existing channels of finance for investments in water and natural resources and infrastructure into resilient finance? We will explore new patterns emerging from dialogues emerging between the finance, climate change, and water communities to capture recent insights that can enable innovation for long-term sustainable development.

Wednesday, August 31

9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Eye on LAC: Towards a Green Infrastructure Agenda

Convener(s): The Nature Conservancy

Room: FH Congress Hall A

Description: We are at a crossroads in how we manage our water. LAC must move towards a wiser combination of green and traditional infrastructure to meet the needs of the 21st Century. This seminar will discuss leading cases and opportunities for green infrastructure and nature-based solutions in LAC.

Water Stewardship: A Driver for Business Growth

Convener(s): World Wildlife Fund

Room: NL 461

Description: This seminar will illustrate the importance of water to business and vice versa, by providing practical case studies of how companies have successfully leveraged their water strategies, participated in strengthening water governance, and used leading risk tools. Effective water stewardship leads to more sustainable business and social outcomes.

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Social Sustainability – A Framework for Approaching the Water SDGs

Convener(s): WaterAid

Room: NL 357

Description: Social inclusion is the road to social sustainability. A panel of practitioners and leaders will reflect on how social inclusion will lead to the achievement of SDG6.

Water Reserves: Opportunities for Scaling Up in Latin America

Convener(s): World Wildlife Fund

Room: FH 300

Description: In Latin America, a region recognized for its relative water abundance, “water reserves” can become an important complementary approach to current water management efforts by shifting the gaze from risk to opportunity. Please join us to learn about the potential this approach holds for the region.

Water Stewardship: A Driver for Business Growth

Convener(s): World Wildlife Fund

Room: NL 461

Description: This seminar will illustrate the importance of water to business and vice versa, by providing practical case studies of how companies have successfully leveraged their water strategies, participated in strengthening water governance, and used leading risk tools. Effective water stewardship leads to more sustainable business and social outcomes.

2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Opportunities for mainstreaming resource recovery and reuse in developing countries

Convener(s): Columbia University

Room: NL Music Hall/Musiksalen

Description: The event will explore via a North-South dialogue the growing evidence-base on ‘what works’ in relation to resource recovery and reuse and how this can lead to resilient cities, integrated water and waste management, and the achievement of the related SDG targets in the global South.

Water Stewardship: A Driver for Business Growth

Convener(s): World Wildlife Fund

Room: FH Little Theatre

Description: This seminar will illustrate the importance of water to business and vice versa, by providing practical case studies of how companies have successfully leveraged their water strategies, participated in strengthening water governance, and used leading risk tools. Effective water stewardship leads to more sustainable business and social outcomes.

Source to Sea - Bridging Marine and Freshwater SDGs

Convener(s): Action Platform on Source to Sea Management; Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations; Stockholm International Water Institute; Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management; United Nations Development Programme and United Nations Environment Programme - Global Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-based Activities

Room: NL 461

Description: This event will discuss solutions to the persistent challenges in addressing links and trade-offs in activities on land, in rivers, along coasts and at sea to enable sustainable growth in connected systems from source to sea and support the realization of the development aspirations defined in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

4:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Encouraging Integration to Realize the Global Water Goal

Convener(s): The Coca-Cola Company, World Wildlife Fund

Room: FH Little Theatre

Description: This event will use fresh case studies from around the world to share on-the-ground learning about how to integrate across Global Goal water targets and suggest important research questions that remain to be answered, all with the aim of improving achievement of the Goals.

Maintaining healthy watersheds: improving governance of ecosystems for sustainability

Convener(s): Conservation International, World Wildlife Fund

Room: FH 202

Description: The event brings together researchers and practitioners interested in mainstreaming ecosystem health in water governance. Panelists will highlight challenges in translating theory into practice, and decision support tools such as indicators. Roundtable discussions will address themes raised during the panel and inform a white paper on water governance and ecosystem health.

Practical Solutions for Sustainable Small Water Enterprises in India

Convener(s): U.S. Agency for International Development

Room: NL Music Hall/Musiksalen

Description: Small water enterprises (SWEs) are financially viable, socially inclusive businesses for off-grid water supply. They are critical to meeting SDG 6, but require tools to be successful. Participants will share practical solutions for sustainable SWE operations, and discuss enabling conditions to take the SWE approach to scale.

Thursday, September 1

9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

#GetTheGrade: Interactive Gaming Session on Basin Report Cards

Convener(s): World Wildlife Fund

Room: FH Little Theatre

Description: Through our interactive game, this session will demonstrate the value of basin report cards as a tool to engage diverse stakeholders, transform water governance, and drive action to maintain or improve the health of freshwater ecosystems.

Turning errors into actions: Continuous Improvements!

Convener(s): The Water Institute at University of North Carolina

Room: FH 202

Description: How do you ensure that monitoring results – successes or failures – are effectively translated into actions and thus ensure continuous improvement? Following short inputs, a world café session will be facilitated around the topics of adaptive planning through innovative funding mechanisms and organizational and project procedures for continuous quality improvement.

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Scaling-up WASH action in Companies’ Supply Chains: Promoting Sustainable Growth

Convener(s): WaterAid

Room: NL Pilar Hall/Pelarsalen

Description: Addressing the challenges of inducing change to urban water management through Integrated Urban Water Management.

Options for Water Security: How Should We Decide

Conveners: Alliance for Global Water Adaptation

Room: FH 307

Description: This session will bring together a wide range of expertise from different organizations to debate the question – how and who should decide our water secure future? The aim of this session is not to re-visit old debates on dams, but to facilitate active discussion between participants and the audience over what strategies exist that will allow us to build sustainable and resilient river basins that can deliver water, energy, and food security, but not at the cost of losing further ecological integrity.

2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Building Resilience for Water Scarcity and Drought

Convener(s): U.S. Water Partnership

Room: FH Little Theatre

Description: Join this interactive session led by the Australian Water Partnership to learn more about innovative solutions best practices to build resilience to water scarcity and drought. This session will feature unique perspectives from multiple countries in an open and inclusive format.

HSBC Water Programme: a partnership powering sustainable growth

Convener(s): WaterAid, World Wildlife Fund

Room: FH 307

Description: Now in its final year, the US$100m HSBC Water Programme demonstrates how long-term, multi-stakeholder partnerships can support sustainable growth. This event will discuss what value a financial institution can bring to the water agenda, and share programme insights and findings from the global NGO partners, Earthwatch, WaterAid and WWF.

4:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Water to Guide the Implementation of the Paris Agreement

Convener(s): Alliance for Global Water Adaptation

Room: NL Music Hall/Musiksalen

Description: The seminar will present the main challenges and opportunities of the implementation of the Paris agreement. It will address how national experiences (showcased by the INDCs and the NAPs), through an efficient risk management can bring concrete solutions to cases of droughts and floods around the world. The event will offer an opportunity to engage an interactive dialogue with practitioners and state representatives, who are faced with the urgent challenge of planning mitigation and adaptation actions post Paris.

Non-Revenue Water Management: Has its Time Finally Come?

Convener(s): U.S. Agency for International Development

Room: FH 202

Description: Improved service quality, access, managerial and financial performance, city attractiveness, climate resiliency and energy efficiency all flow from improved NRW management. The workshop will explore the political, financial and market constrains of this high-impact practice drawing on recently compiled global lessons.

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